Schwarzlose Model 1898

Schwarzlose Model 1898
Type Semi-Automatic Pistol
Place of origin  German Empire
Production history
Designer Andreas Wilhelm Schwarzlose
Designed 1898
Produced 1898-1905
Number built <1000
Weight 785 grams (27.7 oz) with empty magazine
Length 273 millimetres (10.7 in)
Barrel length 163 millimetres (6.4 in)

Caliber 7.65×25mm Borchardt
7.63×25mm Mauser
Action Short recoil with rotating bolt locking
Muzzle velocity 390-441 m/s
Effective firing range 100 metres (110 yd)
Maximum firing range 600 metres (660 yd)
Feed system 7-round detachable box magazine
Sights Iron
Diagram from the British patent for the Schwarzlose 1898

The Schwarzlose Model 1898 was a semi-automatic pistol invented by Prussian firearm designer Andreas Wilhelm Schwarzlose. It was chambered for cartridges such as the 7.65×25mm Borchardt and 7.63×25mm Mauser.[1]

The Schwarzlose design was advanced for its time, but not widely adopted with less than 1000 pieces being manufactured.[2][3]

Small lots were sold to the Boers during the Boer War. Another lot was sold to members of the Russian Social-Democratic Party who were plotting insurrection, but were confiscated at the Russian border and issued to the Imperial Russian Frontier Guards.[3][4]

See also


  1. Hogg, Ian; Walter, John (29 August 2004). Pistols of the World. David & Charles. pp. 279–280. ISBN 0-87349-460-1.
  2. Lee, Jerry (23 April 2013). The Official Gun Digest Book of Guns & Prices 2013. Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 936. ISBN 978-1-4402-3543-6.
  3. 1 2 Ezell, Edward Clinton (1993). Handguns of the World: Military Revolvers and Self-loaders from 1870 to 1945. Marboro Books. pp. 150–153. ISBN 978-0-88029-618-2.
  4. Hammerfell, Richard (2015). Firearms Illustrated - Pistol Edition. Digital Services. p. 213. GGKEY:PKJGL3K97WH.
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