Dreyse Model 1907
The Dreyse Model 1907 is a semi-automatic pistol named after Nikolaus von Dreyse, the designer of the Dreyse Needle Gun. The Waffenfabrik von Dreyse company was acquired by Rheinische Metallwaren & Maschinenfabrik Sommerda in 1901, although the Dreyse Model pistols were marketed under the Dreyse name.
The Dreyse M07 was developed by Louis Schmeißer for the company "Rheinische Metallwaaren- und Maschinenfabrik Actiengesellschaft Abt. Sömmerda" and was launched in 1910. A total of about 250,000 pieces were produced between 1910 (production start) and 1919 (cessation of production), the serial numbers of the pistol are from 1 to about 251xxx. The cessation of production was a direct consequence of the Treaty of Versailles, which put the production of "militarily usable" pistols under strict control.
In addition to its use as a police weapon, the pistol was also approved in the First World War as a replacement weapon for officers and "officer servants". In 1915, about 100,000 of these pistols were procured by the German military and issued to back services and troop units in the home to alleviate the acute shortage of Luger P08 pistols. Austria-Hungary also bought Dreyse pistols for its military during the First World War.
The Dreyse pistol was but above all a popular police weapon, which was introduced in 1910 at the königlich-sächsischen Gendarmerie (Royal Saxon Gendarmerie) and the police headquarters Berlin. In the twenties, the pistol was standard equipment of the Prussian police and remained in the police service during World War II. Even after 1950, the Dreyse M07 was still used by the police in East Germany (GDR).
The Dreyse Model 07 pistol is a very reliable weapon despite its rather unusual appearance. It is a pistol with an unlocked lock and firing pin lock. Lock and barrel are designed as a unit and can be folded up by simply unlocking. On the left side of the grip, there is a lanyard hole. The pistol has a signal pin, which emerges when its cocked and thus reveals the clamping state. The finger grooves attached to the front of the carriage are directed vertically downwards for most weapons. From about the serial number 210,000, the finger grooves were mounted diagonally. These oblique finger grooves were initially low-lying, in the last copies (about the serial number range 225,000) raised with a straightforward conclusion. For very late copies, the rear sight is designed differently.
- Weight: 710 g (1 lb 9 oz)
- Length: 160 mm (6.3 in)
- Barrel length: 92 mm (3.6 in)
- Cartridge: 7.65 mm Browning (.32 ACP)
- Caliber: 7.65 mm
- Action: blowback, unlocked breech
- Muzzle velocity: 365 m/s (1,200 ft/s)[dubious – discuss]
- Effective range: Sights set for 25 m (82 ft)
- Maximum range: 50 m (164 ft) effective range
- Feed system: 7-round detachable single-stack magazine
- Sights: Rear notch and front blade post
The Dreyse Model 1907 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:
|Dr. Mabuse The Gambler||Bernhard Goetzke||Norbert von Wenk||1922|
|Finances of the Grand Duke (Die Finanzen des Großherzogs)||Harry Liedtke||Grand Duke Ramon||1924|
|Alfred Abel||Philipp Collins|
|M||Seen on table||1931|
|The Testament of Dr. Mabuse||Karl Meixner||Det. Hofmeister||1933|
|Gustav Diessl||Thomas Kent|
|The Green Wagon (Zelyonyy Furgon)||Criminals||1959|
|The Thousand Eyes of Dr. Mabuse||Wolfgang Preiss||Dr. Mabuse||1960|
|Gert Fröbe||Kriminalkommissar Kras|
|Andrea Checchi||Det. Berg|
|Peter van Eyck||Henry B. Travers|
|Dr. Mabuse's henchmen|
|Fritz Lang||Heino Ferch||Fritz Lang||2016|
|Rainer Galke||Younger Ernst Gennat|
|Maximilian von Pufendorf||Younger Fritz Lang|
|Johanna Gastdorf||Thea von Harbou|
|Show Title||Actor||Character||Note / Episode||Air Date|
|Babylon Berlin - Season 1||Volker Bruch||Gereon Rath||2017|
|Peter Kurth||Bruno Wolter|