Mauser Zig-Zag

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Mauser Zig-Zag solid frame.
Mauser Zig-Zag hinge frame.

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.[1]

In 1886, an improved 9mm version with a hinged frame was introduced.[2]

In 1896, the Zig-Zag was replaced by the semi-automatic Broomhandle Mauser, but many of the older revolvers remained in use until after World War I.[3]

3D printed revolver[edit]

Main article: Zig zag revolver

The Zig zag revolver is a 3D printed .38 Revolver made public in May 2014.[4][5][5] It was created using an $500 plastic 3D-printer used, the name of the printer was not revealed by the creator.[5] It was created by a Japanese citizen from Kawasaki city named Yoshitomo Imura[5] He was arrested in May 2014 after he had posted a video online of himself firing a 3D printed Zig Zag revolver.[4] It is the first 3D printed Japanese gun in the world which can discharge live cartridges.[5]


  1. ^ [Schmidt, W, Mauser Pistolen ]
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  3. ^ Myatt, F, 19th century firearms
  4. ^ a b 5 Different 3D Printed Gun Models Have Been Fired Since May, 2013 – Here They Are, 3D Print, September 10, 2014. (archive)
  5. ^ a b c d e Japanese Man Arrested For Printing His Own Revolvers, Tech Crunch, May 8, 2014. (archive)