SOLD FOR: $1125
Model: Steyr-Hahn Model 1912
Serial Number: 3895g
Year of Manufacture: 1915
Caliber: 9x23mm Steyr (NOT 9mm Luger)
Action Type: Single Action Semi-Auto Pistol with Internal Magazine Fed by Stripper Clips
Markings: The left side of the slide is marked “3895g”, “STEYR1915?, at the rear with “K”, and a large “S”. The “K” Kontroll mark can be found again on the left side of the hammer, left side of the frame, the slide release, the safety, the top of the follower, the top of the extractor, and the plug in the front of the frame. The slide grooves on the left side of the frame are marked “2” and “B”. The left side of the trigger guard is marked “3895g”. The right side of the frame is marked “W.n” and “14” with a Habsburg eagle between on the trigger guard bow. The bottom-rear barrel lug is marked “3895g” and “K”; the forward smaller lug is marked “E0”. The slide retaining pin is marked with a directional arrow guide and “E” within a circle.
Barrel Length: 5”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed into the front of the slide. The rear sight is a “V”-notch in the rear of the slide between its grasping ears.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece checkered wood panels with smooth borders. The grips show handling wear with some scattered light nicks, dings, and scuffs. The panels do not properly secure to the frame and always display slight play to the frame. The checkering is generally well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Good-Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark with well defined rifling. There is erosion and fouling scattered through the bore.
Overall Condition: This handgun retains about 80% of its current metal finish. There is surface oxidation on the dust cover and grip straps. There is thinning at the leading edges. There are some scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. There are areas of light patina on the slide. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads are tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly and the slide is tight to the frame. The trigger is a little heavy, but breaks crisply. We did not fire this handgun. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: Borrowing features from both the Roth-Steyr 1907 and the Colt 1900-1911 series of pistols, the Steyr M1912 is a rotating-locking barrel, internal magazine semi-automatic pistol. The pistol is frequently referred to as the Steyr-Hahn or “Steyr Hammer” due to its external hammer. The pistol was an Austro-Hungarian sidearm during WWI with other contracts for sales to Chile and Romania. This example was produced in 1915. The pistol is in Very Good condition with 80% of its finish remaining, a fair bore and strong mechanics. Please see our photos and good luck!