Bergmann 1896

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Bergmann 1896
Place of origin  German Empire
Production history
Designer Louis Schmeisser
Weight 1.13 kg (nº 3)
Length 254 mm (nº 3)
Barrel length 102 mm (nº 3)

Action Blowback
Muzzle velocity 380 m/s (nº 3)
Feed system 5-round fixed magazine
Sights Fixed

The Bergmann 1896 was a 19th-century semi-automatic pistol developed by German designer Louis Schmeisser and sold by Theodor Bergmann's company.[1] A contemporary of the Mauser C96 and Borchardt C-93 pistols, the Bergmann failed to achieve the same widespread success, although Bergmann himself later went on to design one of the earliest practical and successful sub-machine guns, the MP-18.

The first cartridges in Bergmann pistols were grooveless, with the bullets having a sharp nose to avoid jams. Later pistols, however, have mechanical extractors and cartridges with grooved flanges. The M96 had an internal box-magazine holding five cartridges. [2]

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