Steyr Mannlicher M1905, Pocket Model: Short Barrel, Short Grip
SN 1803. Cal. 7.65mm. Pocket model M1905 with a 4-3/4″ bbl having drift adjustable front sight and fixed rear sight. Narrow trigger as often found in early production. Full SN is repeated on the left side of bbl, chamber, and on the bottom of the sideplate, just forward of the serrations.. The sideplate has a split address: the left side is marked “WAFFENFABRIK / STEYR”; the right side is marked “SYSTEM / MANNLICHER”. A small oval proof, significance unknown, is on the left side of the bbl and repeated near bottom of the backstrap. Major parts are rust blued with the safety, hammer, trigger, and sideplate release remaining in-the-white. Screws are strawed. Removing the sideplate shows all matching small parts. Each of the grips, measuring 3-3/8″ in length, is factory matched with a “03″. PROVENANCE: Collection of Dr. Geoffrey Sturgess. CONDITION: Approx 90% orig rust blue with patchy oxidation on left muzzle and forward portion of left slide. Minimal freckling on front & backstrap. Small parts in-the-white with minor staining and toning. Grips with orig varnish and deeply cut serrations. Near mirror bore with strong rifling and perfect manual mechanics. Mannlicher made very few pocket M1905s, a real find for the serious collector.
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