Fine Swiss watch… err revolver.

I got a look at one of the coolest old revolvers I’ve ever seen. The Swiss Model 1882 service revolver chambered in 7.5mm Swiss (obviously not the rifle round). Manufactured by Waffenfabrik Bern, it’s got a tapered octagon barrel, fluted cylinder, and double action trigger. The gun was produced from 1882 to 1950. The example I saw had checkered, hard rubber grips with the Swiss cross on the left panel. They later came with walnut grips. The frame has a lanyard loop and is slotted for a buttstock. It loads similar to a Colt 1873 Single Action Army by way of a loading gate and a manual ejector. To load it, you open the loading gate which disconnects the hammer. Pulling the trigger rotates the cylinder to the next chamber. You flip the ejector rod handle over so it can clear the barrel and push the ejector in and out on each chamber. Unlike most designs, the ejector is not spring loaded and must be manually pulled out to allow the cylinder to rotate again. The most unique feature of the design is how the sideplate comes off. Unscrew the retaining screw (which I believe is captive so you can’t lose it) and the whole sideplate hinges out to the side! It’s a heck of a lot easier than opening a Smith. As fine as the mechanics and action are, I don’t think I would want to carry one. The slow and complicated loading/unloading would take a lot of getting used to.

Swiss Model 1882

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