Gasser Revolvers

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The Austrian Gasser series of revolvers was produced from 1870 to 1918, covering a variety of models and calibers including the original Austrian army issued 11 x 46mm M1870 and M1870/74, the privately-purchased 9 x 26mm Gasser-Kropatschek M1876 officer's revolver, the 11.75 x 36mm M1870/74 and M1880 Montenegrin models produced for sale in the Balkans, and the 8 x 27mm WW1-era Rast-Gasser M1898.

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Gasser revolvers have been used by the following actors in the following movies and television series:

Gasser M1870 Army

Gasser M1870 Army second model - 11.25x36mmR Gasser

The Gasser Armeerevolver M1870 was an Austrian army revolver of 11.3 × 36 mm R caliber developed by Leopold Gasser and in service with the land forces of Austria-Hungary from 1870 to 1918. The first tests, carried out on August 10, 1869, already brought a thoroughly positive assessment of the weapons. The test commission stated in its report that the "disassembly and assembly of this weapon required a relatively small amount of time and was also easier to accomplish than with other known revolvers due to the simplicity of the components". However, it was not the Army that initially reacted to the excellent test results, but the Navy Section, which, after additional tests of its own, first ordered 300 Mannschaftsrevolver (crew revolvers) and then another 400 pieces as armament for all senior noncommissioned officers, all helmsmen, for the first officer of each ship, all gunsmiths, the manning of boat and field guns, and the boatmen of landing craft.

On August 14, 1870, the M1870 revolver was introduced in place of the earlier single-shot muzzle-loading pistol for, among others, non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the cavalry, for mounted non-commissioned officers of the artillery and for the military transport corps of the land forces of Austria-Hungary. A slightly modified naval version also existed.

The 11.3 × 36 mm R cartridge was the same as that used in the Model 1867 carbine but was loaded with less powder for the revolver. Mix-ups led to various accidents and soon to the development of the M 1870/74 revolver, with a steel frame and an improved barrel mounting screw. It should not be confused with the M1870/74 Montenegrin model (the main external difference is the ejector design).

The Gasser M1870 was also exported to the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire since 1874 and was also the standard revolver of the militia of the Kingdom of Montenegro from 1910.



Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Treasure of Silver Lake Lex Barker Old Shatterhand Mocked-up as "Special "Henry" rifle" 1962
Last of the Renegades Lex Barker Old Shatterhand Mocked-up as "Special "Henry" rifle" 1964
The Desperado Trail Lex Barker Old Shatterhand Mocked-up as "Special "Henry" rifle" 1965
Winnetou and the Crossbreed Lex Barker Old Shatterhand Mocked-up as "Special "Henry" rifle" 1966
The Valley of Death Lex Barker Old Shatterhand Mocked-up as "Special "Henry" rifle" 1968
Sherlock: Case of Evil James D'Arcy Sherlock Holmes 2002
Nicholas Gecks Inspector Lestrade
The Golden Compass Jim Carter John Faa 2007

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Battlefield 1 "Gasser M1870" 2016

Gasser M1873

Gasser M1873 - 11.2x29.5mm

An improved version of the M1870, which should not be confused with the subsequent 1870/74 "Montenegrin". One of the innovations was the swing-out ejector (although the long-barrel version retained the side-mount), and the 5-round cylinder. The main external difference from other models is the closed-top frame.


Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
There, Far, Beyond the River (Tam vdali, za rekoy) Vladimir Shakalo Vasya Dudar 1975

Television

Title Actor Character Note/Episde Air Date
Waves of the Black Sea (Volny Chyornogo morya) Sergey Nikonenko Rodion Zhukov Film 1 1976
In Search for Captain Grant (V poiskakh kapitana Granta) Bob Tar's men 1986
Oleg Shtefanko Capt. John Mangles

Gasser Montenegrin M1870/74

Gasser M1870/74 Montenegrin - 11.25x36mmR Gasser

The Gasser M1870 Army revolver was also modified in some details and introduced as the M1870/74 (or M/1870-74) "Montenegrin". This is the "original" Montenegrin model, first received this nickname, which is sometimes incorrectly attributed "retroactively" to earlier models. It inherited the swing-out ejector (which allegedly made it easier to carry around a belt) and 5-round cylinder from the M1873. Again, this should not be confused with the M1870/74 Army revolver.

Gasser had already stopped supplying M/1870-74 revolvers before 1880 but served from 1880 to 1919.



Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Lemonade Joe Josef Hlinomaz Grimpo 1962
The End of Agent W4C Jan Libícek Resident 1967
Shades of Fern (Stín kapradiny) Marek Probosz Rudolf Aksamit 1984
Zbigniew Suszynski Václav Kala
Armed and Dangerous Seen in O'Connell's collection; M1870/74 Montenegrin or M1876 1986
Journey Southwest (Cesta na jihozápad) Ivan Palúch Jeff 1989
Oldrich Vlach Bill

Television

Title Actor Character Note/Episde Air Date
Midsomer Murders "Ring Out Your Dead" (S05E03) 2002

Anime

Title Character Note Date
The Mystic Archives of Dantalian A decease gunman Ep. 07 "The Perfumer" 2011


Gasser-Kropatschek M1876

Gasser-Kropatschek M1876 Officer's Revolver - 9x26mm Gasser

The smaller version chambered for 9x26Rmm, designed by Alfred Kropatschek. It has an 6-round cylinder.


Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Slavers Trevor Howard Alec Mackenzie 1978
Zelary The partisan 2003
The Illusionist Rufus Sewell Crown Prince Leopold 2006


Gasser M1880 "Montenegrin"

Gasser Montenegrin M1880 - 11.25x36mmR Gasser
Gasser M1880 Montenegrin - 11.2x29mmR "Montenegrin"

A top-break variant of the Gasser M1870/74 Montenegrin, also known as "Second Montenegrin Model"; in spite of the name, this version wasn't ever formally adopted by the Montenegrin military.

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Paris Commune (Zori Parizha) Viktor Stanitsyn Karl Steiper Possibly M1880 1936
The Prisoner of Zenda Douglas Fairbanks Jr. Rupert of Hentzau Bone-handled Gasser Montenegrin M1880 1937
Ronald Colman Rudolf Rassendyll
C. Aubrey Smith Colonel Zapt
Byron Foulger Johann
Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror seen on the wall 1942
Lemonade Joe Various 1962
McCabe and Mrs. Miller Warren Beatty John McCabe 1971
Jane Austen's Mafia! Stefan Lysenko Ruffo 1998
The Turkish Gambit (Turetskiy gambit) Didier Bienaimé D'Hevrais 2005
Olga Krasko Varvara Suvorova


Rast & Gasser M1898

Rast & Gasser Modell 1898 - 8x27mm Gasser

The Rast & Gasser M1898 was an 8-shot revolver with a cocking trigger. The cylinder could not be unfolded, instead, the cartridge chambers had to be loaded individually. This was done by a loading flap on the right behind the cylinder. Then, by means of the ejector rod under the barrel, the empty cases could be removed one by one, then the cartridges were reloaded one after the other. The cylinder was rotated by pulling the trigger. Opening the loading door simultaneously disconnected the trigger from the hammer, so that no shot could come loose during the loading process. Workmanship and reliability were at a high level, but the bullet energy and man-stopping power proved to be too low. The angle of the grip also made the gun somewhat unwieldy. The reason for the steep grip angle was the standing firing position with an angled arm, which was the case at the time, unlike today. Although the model was replaced by the Roth-Steyr M1907 pistol as early as 1907, the revolver remained in use until the Second World War.



Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Lenin in October (Lenin v oktyabre) Nikolai Chaplygin Poruchik Kirilin 1937
Vasili Vanin Matveyev
The Return of Maxim (Vozvrashchenie Maksima) A Gorodovoy 1937
Pavel Korchagin Leonid Parkhomenko Kholyava 1956
Lev Perfilov Franz Klavichek
The Good Soldier Schweik (Dobrý voják Švejk) (uncredited) Gavrilo Princip 1957
The Fabulous World of Jules Verne Frantisek Slégr Captain Spade 1958
Forty-Four Mutineers Austro-Hungarian officer 1959
Lemonade Joe Various 1962
Az oroszlán ugrani készül Irén Psota Helga 1969
The Eighth (Osmiyat) Stoycho Mazgalov Stamen 1969
Prodan Nonchev "Student"
On a Comet Emil Horváth Lieutenant Serdavac 1970
The Flight (Beg) Mikhail Ulyanov General Charnota 1970
Vladimir Basov Artur Arturovich
The Robber a Legend Eduard Cupák Jindrich Legenda 1972
Jan Skopecek Petrícek
The Assassination of Trotsky Richard Burton Leon Trotsky 1972
Ludwig Umberto Orsini Count von Holstein 1973
Blood Brothers (I guappi) Fabio Testi Don Gaetano Fungillo 1974
The Pacing Mustang (Mustang-inokhodets) Mikhail Golubovich Wild Jo Calone 1976
Aleksey Chernov Thomas "Turkeytrack" Bates
Concorde Affaire '79 Venantino Venantini Forsythe 1979
The Duel (Duelul) Sergiu Nicolaescu Tudor Moldovan 1981
Ion Ritiu Rica Pasarin
Street boys
Island of Lost Ships (Ostrov pogibshikh korabley) Islanders 1987
Sherlock: Case of Evil James D'Arcy Sherlock Holmes 2002
Vincent D'Onofrio Moriarty
The Turkish Gambit (Turetskiy gambit) Aleksandr Baluev Gen. Sobolev 2005
Aleksandr Lykov Capt. Perepyolkin
Aleksey Guskov Kazanzaki
Vladimir Ilyin Gen. Mizinov
Russian soldiers
Guard No. 47 Karel Roden František Douša 2008
Jojo Rabbit Volkssturm fighter 2019
Secret in the Mountain 2019

Television

Title Actor Character Note/Episde Air Date
Bors István Sztankay Máté Bors Ep.1 1968
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Sherlok Holms i doktor Vatson) Boryslav Brondukov Inspector Lestrade 1980
Igor Dmitriev Inspector Gregson
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sobaka Baskerviley) Nikita Mikhalkov Sir Henry Baskerville 1981
Famous Brigands Stories: Václav Babinský Rudolf Jelínek Josef Slavík 1th episode 1986
The Life of Klim Samgin (Zhizn Klima Samgina) A revolutionary Ep.8 1988
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles A French officer Ep. "Trenches of Hell" 1992-1994
CSI Andel (Kriminálka Andel) - Season 1 Arms in the shop "Baba na zabití" (S1E09) 2008
Sherlock Holmes Mikhail Boyarskiy Inspector Lestrade 2013
Aleksey Gorbunov Professor Moriarty
Igor Sklyar Thaddeus Sholto
Robbers

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Tannenberg "Rast & Gasser M1898" 2019


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