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Rast & Gasser M1898

Rast & Gasser M1898

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Rast & Gasser M1898 (Field stripped)

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The last handgun to carry Gasser's name was the 8mm Rast & Gasser Model 1898 service revolver (double action), adopted by the army of Austria-Hungary. This revolver was intended for issue to NCOs and officers of the army, altough most appear to have found their way into military use by direct purchase. The M1898 was a very well made weapon that had several unusual features for a revolver. One was a method of stripping which was effected by pulling down on the trigger guard. Another was the very positive safety. This 8-shot solid-frame pattern had an ejector rod beneath the barrel. The Abadie-type loading gate on the right side of the frame behind the cylinder disconnected the hammer from the trigger when it was opened for loading. The trigger mechanism could be used in either a single or double-action mode. The angular Rast & Gasser had its grip too square to the bore to aid instinctive shooting. The frame is marked 'PATENT RAST & GASSER WIEN' above the trigger. By 1939 the M1898 revolver was still in widespread use in Central Europe and the Balkans, and numbers were in use with the Italian Army. The main reason for this retention was undoubtedly the high standard of manufacture used in this revolver.


Rast & Gasser, Ottakring, Vienna, 1898-1918

8mm Rast & Gasser (8.1x27mm, 8.2x27.5mm)


980 g (38.6 oz)

225 mm (8.86 in)

116 mm (4.57 in)

Muzzle Velocity:
787 fps


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