Revolver 1882, 1882/1929

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Revolver M1882
TypeService Revolver
Place of originSwitzerland
Service history
In service1882-Present
Used bySwiss Army
Production history
DesignerRudolph Schmidt
ManufacturerWaffenfabrik Bern
VariantsModel 1929
Mass0.8 kg
Length235 mm
Barrel length114 mm

Cartridge7.5mm 1882 Ordnance
Caliber7.5 mm
ActionDouble Action Revolver
Muzzle velocity690 ft/s (210 m/s)
Effective firing range40 m
Feed systemSix round cylinder
SightsBead front sight, U-notch rear sight

The Revolver M1882, also referred to by the name Model 1929, was a revolver produced in Switzerland by the Waffenfabrik Bern and which was used as an ordnance arm by the Swiss Army.


It was designed by Colonel Rudolph Schmidt The revolver was designed to use the black powder 7.5 millimeter round. The 1882 was a simple and effective design. Model 1882 with serial numbers under 20,000 were fitted with vulcanized rubber grips. Model with serial numbers over 20,000 had wood grips. Some were made by SIG.[1][self-published source?]

The Model 1929[edit]

Model 1929
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Revolver Model 1929 with cleaning kit and ammunition
Production history
Mass0.8 kg
Length228 mm
Barrel length116 mm

The model 1929, or "M1882-29", is a more simplified version of the model 1882. Most changes were made to help ease production and to make it less expensive. One can distinguish a model 1929 by its round barrel from the 1882's octagonal one. Grip was widened to make it more ergonomical and higher quality steel was used. The upper frame was made more rigid and a firing pin instead of the older models one-piece hammer was used. Still, the weapon had no manual safety. The 1929 continued to use black powder cartridges in Swiss military service and was finally removed from service in the 1970s.