Frommer Stop

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Frommer Stop - .380 ACP

The Frommer Stop is a Hungarian semi-automatic pistol manufactured by FÉG. It is named after its designer, Rudolph Frommer, and was originally designed for use by the Royal Hungarian Army in 1912.

The Stop was the fourth in a line of pistols with similar design principals, and the most successful of Rudolph Frommer's designs. The Stop is unique for its use of a long-recoil action, in which the breech is locked during the entire action of recoil, and only separates once the bolt has fully traveled rearward. The Stop could also be converted to be a machine pistol. The pistol is mechanically complex and was thus difficult and expensive to manufacture. Nonetheless, around 360,000 were manufactured between 1912 and 1929. The Stop was widely used as a sidearm by Austria-Hungary during World War I and continued to see use throughout World War II.

A full-automatic version was also introduced in 1917, with an extended barrel and magazines. However, the standalone machine pistol variant was very rare. Much more common were bizarre (by today's standards) "machine gun" variants consisting of twin Frommer Stop machine pistols mounted side-by-side, upside-down, with triggers transferred to the back of the grip (for convenient shooting from this position) and mounted on bipods. Their sights, and often also their wooden grips, were removed for being unnecessary. This strange decision was made to counter the Italian Villar-Perosa M1915; however, unsatisfied with this, the Austrians would later start simply making their own copies of the OVP M1915.

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Specifications

(1912 - 1929 (manufacture)/1945 (service))

  • Type: Pistol
  • Calibers: .32 ACP, .380 ACP
  • Weight: 1.4 lbs (0.61 kg)
  • Length: 6.5 in (16.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 3.7 in (9.5 cm)
  • Capacity: 7, 15 (machine-pistol version)
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto, Full-Auto (machine-pistol version)

The Frommer Stop and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Dr. Mabuse The Gambler Bernhard Goetzke Norbert von Wenk 1922
Zigmund Kolosovskiy Vladimir Shishkin Stanislaw Orlik 1946
Irena Murova Yuliya Rakushka
Secret Agent (Podvig razvedchika) Pavel Kadochnikov Maj. Fedotov alias Eckert 1947
The Mask of the Gorilla (Le Gorille vous salue bien) François Darbon Popaul 1958
Consider All Risks (Classe tous risques) Jean-Paul Belmondo Eric Stark 1960
Two Half-Times in Hell German general 1961
Funeral in Berlin 1966
You Are a Widow, Sir! Hanging on the wall 1970
The Golden Fleece (Beshenoe zoloto) Gleb Strizhenov Joe Parsons 1976
Maija Eglite Roberta Croy
Anthropoid Czech resistence fighter 2016

Television

Title Actor Character Note/Episode Date
Bors Various Various 1968
Hitler: The Rise of Evil Robert Carlyle Adolf Hitler 2003
Jena Malone Geli Raubal
Julianna Margulies Helene Hanfstaeng

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Frommer Stop 2014
Battlefield 1 "Frommer Stop" Pistol & machine pistol versions available 2016
"Frommer Stop Auto"
Tannenberg "Frommer Stop" 2019

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa Adolf Hitler scene based on one from Hitler: The Rise of Evil 2005


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