Steyr M1912

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Steyr-Hahn M1912 (1913 mfg) - 9x23mm Steyr

The Steyr M1912, also known as the Steyr M1911 or the "Steyr-Hahn", is an Austrian semi-automatic pistol developed in 1911 by Austrian weapons designer Karel Krnka. Initially and officially known as the Steyr M1911, the pistol was produced at the Österreichische Waffenfabrik Steyr arms factory in Austria for the civilian arms market and for export. The commercial Steyr M1911 may have an adjustable rear sight and stamp "OESTERR.WAFFENFABRIK STEYR M.1911 9m/m" on the left side of the slide. According to some sources, the Steyr M1911 pistol was adopted by Austro-Hungarian Army reserve units in 1912, under the name Repetierpistole M12 (according to other sources, the designation was "9mm Selbstiade Pistole M.12" instead).

When the First World War began, the Austro-Hungarian Army experienced an acute shortage of pistols. As a result, Austria-Hungary made large orders of the Steyr pistol. The pistols were put into service with the designation "STEYR1912", which could also contain another year, depending on the year of manufacture. With the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, production of the Steyr M1912 was discontinued in 1918. It is believed that about 250,000 Steyr pistols were produced. After the First World War, these pistols were in service with the armies of Poland, Hungary, Austria, Romania, Yugoslavia and Chile.

After the German annexation of Austria in 1938, about 60,000 pistols were adapted to fire the standard German 9x19mm Parabellum ammo. In the Wehrmacht, such pistols received the designation Pistole 12 (Ö). They can be distinguished by their "08" marks and Nazi eagles. During the Second World War, these pistols were used by the German police and various occupation units.



(1911 – 1918)

  • Type: Pistol
  • Calibers: 9x19mm, 9x23mm Steyr
  • Weight: 2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
  • Length: 8.5 in (21.6 cm)
  • Barrel length: 5 in (12.8 cm)
  • Capacity: 8, 16 (P.16)
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto, Semi-Auto/Full-Auto (P.16)

The Steyr M1912 pistol has been seen in the following:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Bennie the Howl (Benya Krik) Yuri Shumsky Benya Krik 1926
Nikolai Nademsky Kol'ka Pakovskiy
The Blue Express Chinese workers 1929
Mountains on Fire Luigi Serventi Arthur Franchini 1931
Dishonored Marlene Dietrich Marie Kolverer aka spy X27 1931
Squadron No. 5 (Eskadrilya No. 5) Yakov Zaslavsky Col. Horn 1939
A German Communist
Elusive Jan (Neulovimyy Yan) Kote Daushvili A Gestapo agent 1942
The Bridge (Most) A German officer 1942
Outpost in the Mountains (Zastava v gorakh) Vladimir Belokurov Maj. Morrow 1953
The Secret of Two Oceans (Tayna dvukh okeanov) Sergei Golovanov Nikolay Gorelov 1957
Igor Vladimirov Starshina Andrey Skvoreshnya
Pavel Luspekaev Lt. Kartsev
Vakhtang Ninua Prof. Lordkipanidze
On the Count's Ruins (Na grafskikh razvalinakh) Vladimir Soshalsky Graf 1958
Cruelty (Zhestokost) Georgiy Yumatov Veniamin Malyshev 1959
Everybody Go Home! (Tutti a casa) A German officer 1960
The Good Soldier Schweik (Der brave Soldat Schwejk) Hugo Gottschlich Wachtmeister Flanderka 1960
So Darling So Deadly Giuseppe Mattei Benny 1966
Tony Kendall Jo Walker
The Diamond Arm (Brilliantovaya Ruka) Seen on the wall in the smugglers' den 1968
You Are a Widow, Sir! Hanging on the wall 1970
A Fistful of Dynamite The Mexican police officer 1971
Legend of the Living Dead (Legenda o živých mrtvých) Rudolf Jurda Kurt Klein The 4th part - entitled "Cesta smrti" 1971
With Clean Hands (Cu mainile curate) Dorin Dron Scorțea 1972
Solaris Donatas Banionis Dr. Kris Kelvin Chrome plated 1972
Telegram (Telegramma) Chrome plated, seen in gun collection 1972
At Home Among Strangers, Stranger at Home (Svoy sredi chuzhikh, chuzhoy sredi svoikh) Nikita Mikhalkov Brylov Chrome plated 1974
A Police Commissioner Accuses (Un comisar acuza) Mircea Pascu Tanasescu 1974
The Day That Shook the World Austro-Hungarian secret policeman 1975
The Con Artists A gangster 1976
I Am the Law (Il prefetto di ferro) The bandit 1977
Revenge (Revansa) Iron Guard legionnaires 1978
Signum Laudis Jirí Kodet 1st Lt. Kostolany 1980
The Fall of Italy (Pad Italije) The partisan´s trophy 1981
The Green Wagon (Zelyonyy Furgon) A robber 1983
The Inheritors (Die Erben) John Ottwald Günther 1983
Shades of Fern (Stín kapradiny) Marek Probosz Rudolf Aksamit 1984
Zbigniew Suszynski Václav Kala
Until the End (Až do konce) Veronika Gajerová Karin Baumann 1984
H.M. Deserters (C.K. Dezerterzy) Zbigniew Zapasiewicz Capt. Wagner 1986
Leon Niemczyk Gendarme Sergeant
Marek Kondrat Jan Kania
The World Knows Nothing (Svet nic neví) Emil Horváth Tomás Jakl 1987
Sherlock Holmes and the Leading Lady Patrick Monckton Laszlo Karparti 1991
Christopher Lee Sherlock Holmes
Hold-Up (Nalyot) Evgeniy Steblov Militsiya Major Kondrat Philimonovich 1993
Leonard Sarkisov Federico Henriques
The Canary Connection (Kanárská spojka) Karel Zima Police expert Vomáčka 1994
Michael Collins Aidan Quinn Harry Boland 1996
Capitaine Conan French soldier 1996
Deserter´s Gold Marek Kondrat Jan Kania A retro scene from H. M. Deserters 1998
Courier of Special Importance (Kurersky osoboy vazhnosti) Vladimir Yavorsky Jack Brown Nickel plated and blued 2013


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Bors Károly Gyulai Ödön Lukács "Hallo...Operator?" (S1E4) 1968
The Sinful People of Prague Josef Vinklár Inspector Bouše "Černé rukavice" (S1E5) 1968-1970
Shadows Disappear at Noon (Teni ischezayut v polden) Anatoliy Solovyov Philemon Kolesnikov Ep.1; in holster 1972
The Road to Calvary (Khozhdenie po mukam) Sergey Yakovlev Mamont Dalskiy Chrome plated; Ep.8 1977
And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don) A Red commander In holster 2015
Demon of the Revolution (Demon revolyutsii) (uncredited) The second hitman 2017
The Mandalorian Carl Weathers Greef Karga mocked up to look like a blaster 2019

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Battlefield: 1918 2004
Men of War 2009
Battle of Empires : 1914-1918 2014
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly Steyr M1912 2014
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "M1912" 2016
Battlefield 1 "Repetierpistole M1912" 2016
Battlefield V "Repetierpistole M1912" 2018
Tannenberg "Steyr M1912 Steyr-Hahn" 2019

Steyr M.1912/P.16

Steyr M.1912/P.16 - 9x23mm
Steyr M.1912/P.16 with shoulder stock - 9x23mm

In 1916, a full-auto modification of the Steyr M.12 was developed and produced in small quantities. It received the designation Repetierpistole M1912/16 (Steyr M1912/16). The automatic pistol was equipped with a fire selector, and an elongated magazine with a capacity of 16 rounds (still integral, requiring two clips of 8 rounds each for loading). A wooden buttstock-holster may be attached to the pistol grip.

An even more bizarre variation of this design was introduced in 1917 under the designation "Doppelpistole", consisting of two twin pistols fitted with a stock.

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Battlefield 1 "Maschinenpistole M1912/P.16" Added in Turning Tides DLC 2016
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades "M1912/P16" Machine pistol variant, with fixed shoulder stock 2016

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