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Small Arms of WWI Primer 015: Austrian Steyr-Pieper Model 1909 Pistol

Othais and Mae delve into the story of this WWI classic. Complete with history, function, and live fire demonstration.

C&Rsenal presents its WWI Primer series; covering the firearms of this historic conflict one at a time in honor of the centennial anniversary. Join us every other Tuesday!

Cartridge: .32 ACP
Capacity: 7 rnds
Length: 6.38″ (162mm)
weight: 1.4 lbs (635 g)

This Belgian designed commercial handgun was licensed by Steyr in Austria for public sale. With the growing need for military handguns and some Austrian pride at stake in the face of the Frommer Stop, it was adopted as the M.13.

As we’ll see, it may not have been ready for military service but was, thankfully, a minor part of the war.

Additional reading:

Vom Ursprung der Selbstladepistole: Repetier- und Selbstladepistolen in Österreich-Ungarn 1884 bis 1918.
Josef Motz & Joschi Schuy

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Music provided by Melissa Hyman of The Moon and You

Safe range space thanks to Shoot Logic

In collaboration with The Great War

Special thanks to Paul Evans for this loaner!

Ammunition data thanks to DrakeGmbH

Archival work by Georgy

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