The Austrian Gasser series of revolvers was produced from 1870 to 1918, covering a variety of models and calibers including the original Austrian army issued 11x46mm M1870 and M1870/74, the privately-purchased 9x26mm Gasser-Kropatschek M1876 officer's revolver, the 11.75x36mm M1870/74 and M1880 Montenegrin models produced for sale in the Balkans, and the 8x27mm WW1-era Rast-Gasser M1898.
Gasser revolvers have been used by the following actors in the following movies and television series:
Gasser M1870 Army
The Gasser Armeerevolver M1870 was an Austrian army revolver of 11.3 x 36 mm R caliber developed by Leopold Gasser and in service with the land forces of Austria-Hungary from 1870 to 1918. The first tests, carried out on August 10, 1869, already brought a thoroughly positive assessment of the weapons. The test commission stated in its report that the "disassembly and assembly of this weapon required a relatively small amount of time and was also easier to accomplish than with other known revolvers due to the simplicity of the components". However, it was not the Army that initially reacted to the excellent test results, but the Navy Section, which, after additional tests of its own, first ordered 300 Mannschaftsrevolver (crew revolvers) and then another 400 pieces as armament for all senior noncommissioned officers, all helmsmen, for the first officer of each ship, all gunsmiths, the manning of boat and field guns, and the boatmen of landing craft.
On August 14, 1870, the M1870 revolver was introduced in place of the earlier single-shot muzzle-loading pistol for, among others, non-commissioned officers and soldiers of the cavalry, for mounted non-commissioned officers of the artillery and for the military transport corps of the land forces of Austria-Hungary. A slightly modified naval version also existed.
The 11.3 x 36 mm R cartridge was the same as that used in the Model 1867 carbine but was loaded with less powder for the revolver. Mix-ups led to various accidents and soon to the development of the M 1870/74 revolver, with a steel frame and an improved barrel mounting screw. It should not be confused with the M1870/74 Montenegrin model (the main external difference is the ejector design).
The Gasser M1870 was also exported to the Balkans and the Ottoman Empire since 1874 and was also the standard revolver of the militia of the Kingdom of Montenegro from 1910.
|Treasure of Silver Lake||Lex Barker||Old Shatterhand||Mocked-up as "Special "Henry" rifle"||1962|
|Last of the Renegades||Lex Barker||Old Shatterhand||Mocked-up as "Special "Henry" rifle"||1964|
|The Desperado Trail||Lex Barker||Old Shatterhand||Mocked-up as "Special "Henry" rifle"||1965|
|Winnetou and the Crossbreed||Lex Barker||Old Shatterhand||Mocked-up as "Special "Henry" rifle"||1966|
|The Valley of Death||Lex Barker||Old Shatterhand||Mocked-up as "Special "Henry" rifle"||1968|
|Sherlock: Case of Evil||James D'Arcy||Sherlock Holmes||2002|
|Nicholas Gecks||Inspector Lestrade|
|The Golden Compass||Jim Carter||John Faa||2007|
|Game Title||Appears as||Note||Release Date|
|Battlefield 1||"Gasser M1870"||2016|
|Isonzo||"Gasser M.1870"||Added with the 2023 Grappa Expansion||2022|
An improved version of the M1870, which should not be confused with the subsequent 1870/74 "Montenegrin". One of the innovations was the swing-out ejector (although the long-barrel version retained the side-mount), and the 5-round cylinder. The main external difference from other models is the closed-top frame.
|There, Far, Beyond the River (Tam vdali, za rekoy)||Vladimir Shakalo||Vasya Dudar||1975|
|Waves of the Black Sea (Volny Chyornogo morya)||Sergey Nikonenko||Rodion Zhukov||Film 1||1976|
|In Search for Captain Grant (V poiskakh kapitana Granta)||Bob Tar's men||1986|
|Oleg Shtefanko||Capt. John Mangles|
Gasser Montenegrin M1870/74
The Gasser M1870 Army revolver was also modified in some details and introduced as the M1870/74 (or M/1870-74) "Montenegrin". This is the "original" Montenegrin model, first received this nickname, which is sometimes incorrectly attributed "retroactively" to earlier models. It inherited the swing-out ejector (which allegedly made it easier to carry around a belt) and 5-round cylinder from the M1873. Again, this should not be confused with the M1870/74 Army revolver.
Gasser had already stopped supplying M/1870-74 revolvers before 1880 but served from 1880 to 1919.
|Lemonade Joe||Josef Hlinomaz||Grimpo||1962|
|The End of Agent W4C||Jan Libícek||Resident||1967|
|Shades of Fern (Stín kapradiny)||Marek Probosz||Rudolf Aksamit||1984|
|Zbigniew Suszynski||Václav Kala|
|Armed and Dangerous||Seen in O'Connell's collection; M1870/74 Montenegrin or M1876||1986|
|Journey Southwest (Cesta na jihozápad)||Ivan Palúch||Jeff||1989|
|Midsomer Murders||"Ring Out Your Dead" (S05E03)||2002|
|The Mystic Archives of Dantalian||A decease gunman||Ep. 07 "The Perfumer"||2011|
The smaller version chambered for 9x26Rmm, was designed by Alfred Kropatschek. It has a 6-round cylinder.
|Slavers||Trevor Howard||Alec Mackenzie||1978|
|The Illusionist||Rufus Sewell||Crown Prince Leopold||2006|
|The Crown Prince||Max von Thun||Crown Prince Rudolf||2006|
Gasser M1880 "Montenegrin"
A top-break variant of the Gasser M1870/74 Montenegrin, also known as "Second Montenegrin Model"; in spite of the name, this version wasn't ever formally adopted by the Montenegrin military.
|The Paris Commune (Zori Parizha)||Viktor Stanitsyn||Karl Steiper||Possibly M1880||1936|
|The Prisoner of Zenda||Douglas Fairbanks Jr.||Rupert of Hentzau||Bone-handled Gasser Montenegrin M1880||1937|
|Ronald Colman||Rudolf Rassendyll|
|C. Aubrey Smith||Colonel Zapt|
|Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror||seen on the wall||1942|
|McCabe and Mrs. Miller||Warren Beatty||John McCabe||1971|
|Jane Austen's Mafia!||Stefan Lysenko||Ruffo||1998|
|The Turkish Gambit (Turetskiy gambit)||Didier Bienaimé||D'Hevrais||2005|
|Olga Krasko||Varvara Suvorova|
Rast & Gasser M1898
The Rast & Gasser M1898 was an 8-shot revolver with a cocking trigger. The cylinder could not be unfolded, instead, the cartridge chambers had to be loaded individually. This was done by a loading flap on the right behind the cylinder. Then, by means of the ejector rod under the barrel, the empty cases could be removed one by one, then the cartridges were reloaded one after the other. The cylinder was rotated by pulling the trigger. Opening the loading door simultaneously disconnected the trigger from the hammer, so that no shot could come loose during the loading process. Workmanship and reliability were at a high level, but the bullet energy and man-stopping power proved to be too low. The angle of the grip also made the gun somewhat unwieldy. The reason for the steep grip angle was the standing firing position with an angled arm, which was the case at the time, unlike today. Although the model was replaced by the Roth-Steyr M1907 pistol as early as 1907, the revolver remained in use until the Second World War.
|Bors||István Sztankay||Máté Bors||Ep.1||1968|
|Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Sherlok Holms i doktor Vatson)||Boryslav Brondukov||Inspector Lestrade||1980|
|Igor Dmitriev||Inspector Gregson|
|The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sobaka Baskerviley)||Nikita Mikhalkov||Sir Henry Baskerville||1981|
|Famous Brigands Stories: Václav Babinský||Rudolf Jelínek||Josef Slavík||1th episode||1986|
|The Life of Klim Samgin (Zhizn Klima Samgina)||A revolutionary||Ep.8||1988|
|The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles||A French officer||Ep. "Trenches of Hell"||1992-1994|
|CSI Andel (Kriminálka Andel) - Season 1||Arms in the shop||"Baba na zabití" (S1E09)||2008|
|Sherlock Holmes||Mikhail Boyarskiy||Inspector Lestrade||2013|
|Aleksey Gorbunov||Professor Moriarty|
|Igor Sklyar||Thaddeus Sholto|
|Game Title||Appears as||Note||Release Date|
|Tannenberg||"Rast & Gasser M1898"||2019|
|Isonzo||"Rast & Gasser M1898"||2022|