1883 Reichsrevolver

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  1. hd49

    hd49 New Member

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    Does anyone know how I can find out info on this handgun? The marks on the back are R.S.9.82. Its a 10.55mm thats all I know.
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    "R.S.9.82." is a unit mark. These marks are a little hard to translate. It may stand for the 8th reserve medical division, revolver No. 82.

    10.44 would be the inside measurment of the barrel.

    Germany made these revolvers till 1908 and issued them to some non combat units throughout WWI.
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    Thanks 45Auto,

    It was my grandfathers who was in WWI.
    He was in France, US Army thats all I know. I just would like to find any info I can on this gun.
  6. Jim K

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    If the "R" is in script, it could mean Reserve-Sanitätskompagnie No.2, weapon No. 82.

    Jim
  7. hd49

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    Thanks Jim K
    The "R" is in script.
  8. rbking

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    Another alternative for the Regimental Marking. It could be the headquarters, (group/detachment/staff?), of the 9th Infantry Regiment, revolver number 82.
  9. Jim K

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    As a rule, regimental markings began with the number, so 9th Infantry Regiment would by 9IR, plus there would be company number.

    Jim
  10. hd49

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    From what I could find on the net. It is the 82 weapon, of the 9th reserve medical unit.
  11. rbking

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    According to Jeff Noll's Book, "The Imperial German Regimental Marking".

    The R.S. marking means the Regimental Headquarters of a Infantry Regiment. If the revolver in question belonged to a staff officer or nco of a headquarters detachment of a Infantry Regiment, their wouldn't be a company number as part of the marking.
  12. Max Donovan

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    I shoot my '79 and '83 Reichsrevolvers several hundred rounds a year. You need a fat 44 cast bullet, probably .434" - .436", 44 Russian brass and a case full of black powder (not substitutes!). If you must use smokeless powder, load 100 FPS slower than 44 Russian.
  13. Jim K

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    In a previous post #6, I wrote company No. 2, when I meant company No. 9. Sorry.

    Hi, rbking,

    In that case, there would be only one number, not two.

    FWIW, and I don't pretend to be an expert in either the German language or the pre-WWI German military, but I think Sanitätskompanie would probably translate in the military sense to "ambulance company" or "medical corpsmen company". The modern civilian meaning of "Sanität" is "medical supply/ies". A sanitätshaus is a medical supply house.

    Jim