The Zig-Zag was a single action revolver manufactured by Mauser during the late 19th century. It is chambered in a 6mm calibre round and is fed from a 6-round grooved cylinder, hence the name of the revolver.
The original Zig-zag revolver had a solid frame and loading gate. It was developed in 1878, and was the first German military handgun to fire modern brass cartridges. It replaced the earlier needle-fire and pinfire revolvers.
In 1886, an improved 9mm version with a hinged frame was introduced.
3D printed revolver
The Zig zag revolver is a 3D printed .38 Revolver made public in May 2014. It was created using an $500 plastic 3D-printer used, the name of the printer was not revealed by the creator. It was created by a Japanese citizen from Kawasaki city named Yoshitomo Imura He was arrested in May 2014 after he had posted a video online of himself firing a 3D printed Zig Zag revolver. It is the first 3D printed Japanese gun in the world which can discharge live cartridges.
- [Schmidt, W, Mauser Pistolen ]
- Myatt, F, 19th century firearms
- 5 Different 3D Printed Gun Models Have Been Fired Since May, 2013 – Here They Are, 3D Print, September 10, 2014. (archive)
- Japanese Man Arrested For Printing His Own Revolvers, Tech Crunch, May 8, 2014. (archive)