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Reichsrevolver M1879

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The Reichsrevolver M1879 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Reichsrevolver M1879

Reichsrevolver M1879 - 10.6x25R

Reichs-Commissions-Revolver Modell 1879, more often referred to as the Reichsrevolver M1879, was the service pistol of the Imperial German Army until 1908 when it was replaced by the Luger P08. Later, this revolver was used by non-frontline troops in WWI and even into WWII.

The Reichsrevolver is a somewhat strange weapon (compared to other service weapons of the period, including the German contract Single Action Army). One of its features is the characteristic lever safety on the left side. While this might seem like a good idea, in practice it somewhat disappointingly only blocks the hammer from cocking.

There is also no built-in ejector; this allowed some internet-journalists to make ridiculous claims that reloading the Reichsrevolver allegedly required partial disassembly to knock out the shells with a cylinder rod or by hand. In reality, the ejector was a separate stick (metal on the M79 and wooden on the M83), which was worn separately on a string attached to the holster; any other on-hand item could also be used if desired. The origins of this strange idea are still obscure; most likely, it was done on occasion for quicker removal from the holster or from the belt. While most revolvers use a retractable ejector for unloading, the lack of an integrated ejector on the Reichsrevolver was likely a design choice to simplify production.

There were also many commercial variants produced by firms such as Dreyse. They existed in various configurations, very different from each other, including the pocket and top-break models.


(1879 - 1908)

  • Caliber: 10.6x25R German Ordnance (also known as "10.55mm German")
  • Length: 12.20 in (310 mm)
  • Barrel length: 7.1 in (181 mm)
  • Weight: 2 lb 5 oz (1040 g)
  • Capacity: 6-round cylinder
  • Action: single-action
  • Muzzle velocity: 670 ft/s (205 m/s)


Title Actor Character Note Date
Finances of the Grand Duke (Die Finanzen des Großherzogs) Max Schreck A conspirator 1924
Alfred Abel Philipp Collins
If War Comes Tomorrow (Esli zavtra voyna) A soldier seen in documentary footage 1938
The Green Hell (Kautschuk) Plantation overseers, Brazilian Army officers 1938
His Name Is Sukhe-Bator (Yego zovut Sukhe-Bator) Red Mongols 1942
Baltic Glory (Baltiyskaya slava) An Anarchist sailor 1957
Striped Trip (Polosatyy reys) Aleksandr Beniaminov Animal tamer 1961
Mandate Boris Shcherbakov Glebka Prokhorov 1964
Nikolay Kuzmin Grishka
Wedding in Malinovka (Svadba v Malinovke) Mikhail Vodyanoy Popandopulo 1967
The Snow Queen (Snezhnaya koroleva) Mikhail Vasilyev A robber 1967
White Wolves (Weisse Wölfe) Holger Mahlich Sheriff Pat Patterson 1969
Rolf Hoppe James Bashan
Horst Preusker Captain Wessels
Karl Zugowski Andy Sleek
Milan Jablonsky Jim
The Intervention (Interventsiya) Aleksandr Massarski Nestor Two nickel plated M1879s akimbo 1969
White Sun of the Desert (Beloye solntse pustyni) Spartak Mishulin Sayid 1970
Several men of Abdullah's gang
Fatal Error (Tödlicher Irrtum) Armin Mueller-Stahl Chris Howard 1970
Bruno O'Ya Sheriff Hank Jackson
Bruno Carstens McLaurin
Rolf Ludwig Kid Kearny
Stefan Lisewski Ten Eyck
Annekathrin Bürger Caroline
Allison's henchmen
Dauria An Anarchist, a gold mine manager 1972
Viktor Pavlov Nikifor Chepalov
Apaches (Apachen) Milan Bosiljcic Johnson 1973
Johnson's henchmen and Mexicans
Prosha, the Prince (Tsarevich Prosha) Valeri Smolyakov Brigand 1974
Ulzana An officer 1974
Cabbages and Kings Kakhi Kavsadze Colonel Sabas 1978
The Adventures of Prince Florisel (Priklyucheniya printsa Florizelya) Valeriy Matveev Frank Screamger 1981
Valeriy Filonov A criminal
Florizel's manservants
Sing, Cowboy, Sing Dean Reed Joe 1981
Vlad Radescu Sheriff of Lidwell
Arnold's henchmen, townspersons
The Trust That Has Burst (Trest, kotoryy lopnul) Yuri Mazhuga Bill Humble 1982
Nomads of the North (Brodyagi severa) Nikolay Kuzmin Macocky 1983
The Scout (Der Scout) Giso Weißbach Lt. Brooks 1983
Roland Seidler Pvt. McGoun
Uwe Jellinek Pvt. Hunter
Smoky the Cowhorse (Dymka) Algis Arlauskas Jerry 1985
Atkins Oleg Borisov Tom Atkins 1985
Peter Zimmermann Morris
Captain of "Pilgrim" (Kapitan "Piligrima") Nodar Mgaloblishvili Negoro 1987
Island of Lost Ships (Ostrov pogibshikh korabley) Arunas Storpirstis Fergus Slayton 1987


Show Title Actor Character Note Air Date
The Strogovs (Strogovy) seen in pile of guns 1976
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson (Sherlok Holms i doktor Vatson) Seen on table 1980
The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sobaka Baskerviley) Vitaly Solomin Dr. Watson 1981
Boryslav Brondukov Inspector Lestrade
The Treasures of Agra (Sokrovishcha Agry) Boryslav Brondukov Inspector Lestrade 1983
The Twentieth Century Approaches (Dvadtsatyy vek nachinaetsya) Boryslav Brondukov Inspector Lestrade 1987
The Life of Klim Samgin (Zhizn Klima Samgina) A revolutionary Ep.8 1988
The White Guard (Belaya gvardiya) Fyodor Bondarchuk Mikhail Shpolyanskiy 2012
Sherlock Holmes Anatoliy Rudakov Inspector Tracy 2013
Yaroslav Boyko U.S. Ambassador
Sergey Burunov Tom Taylor
1918: Uprising of the Sailors Andreas Dobberkau Werner Riedel 2018
German sailors

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Battlefield: 1918 2004
Hot Dogs, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades 2016
Call of Duty: WWII "Reichsrevolver" "The Resistance" second update (2018) 2017
Screaming Steel: 1914-1918 "Reichsrevolver" Added in the "Endgame Update" (2021) 2018

Reichsrevolver M1883

Reichsrevolver M1883 - 10.6x25R

The Reichsrevolver M1883 (also called M1879/83) is a shortened version of the M1879. Despite the similar appearance, its construction is different from the full-sized version, and there are few interchangeable parts with the M1879.


(1883 - 1908)

  • Caliber: 10.6x25R German Ordnance (also known as "10.55mm German" (.41 in)
  • Length: 8.9 in (225 mm)
  • Barrel length: 4.6 in (117 mm)
  • Weight: 2.0 lb (0.9 kg)
  • Capacity: 6-round cylinder
  • Action: single-action
  • Muzzle velocity: 670 ft/s (205 m/s)


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Other Side Theodor Loos Lt. Osborne 1931
Pyramid of the Sun God A bandit 1965
The Red Tent Luigi Vannucchi Capt. Zappi 1969
Peter Finch General Umberto Nobile
Ulzana Rolf Hoppe Capt. Burton 1974
Blood Brothers (Blutsbrüder) Dean Reed Harmonica 1975
US Cavalrymen
Slavers Ron Ely Steve Hamilton 1978
The Adventures of Prince Florisel (Priklyucheniya printsa Florizelya) Donatas Banionis The Chairman 1981
A Turkish policeman and a criminal in Istanbul
Florizel's manservants
Against the Current (Protiv techeniya) Sergei Balabanov "The Writing Man" 1981
Sing, Cowboy, Sing Dan Dobre Arnold's henchman 1981
The Pavilion on the Links (Dom na dyunakh) Mikhail Yanushkevich Beppo 1984
Arkadi Shalolashvili Antonio
Atkins Peter Zimmermann Morris 1985
In the Shooting Solitude (V strelyayushchey glushi) Nikolai Alekseyev Prokhor 1986
The Big Gold of Mr. Greenwood (Bolshoe zoloto mistera Grinvuda) Vladimir Borisov Lyonka Panteleev 1991
Weather Is Good on Deribasovskaya, It Rains Again on Brighton Beach Vladimir Episkoposyan A mobster 1992
The Phantom Quill´s man 1996
The State Counsellor (Statskiy sovetnik) Konstantin Khabenskiy "Grin" 2005
Wonder Woman German spies 2017


Show Title Actor Character Note Air Date
Hearts of Three (Serdtsa tryokh) Rafael Kotanjyan Alvarez Torres 1992
Nestor Burma - Season 5 seen in weapons collection / "Poupée russe" (S5E5) 1998
Demons (Besy) Igor Gordin Aleksey Kirillov 2006
Sherlock Holmes Igor Petrenko Sherlock Holmes 2013
Andrey Panin Dr. John Watson
Mikhail Boyarskiy Inspector Lestrade
Anatoliy Rudakov Inspector Tracy
Aleksandr Polovtsev Admiral Wills
Andrey Matyukov Lord Henry Maulbray
Leonid Timtsunik Gilbert Roy
Aleksey Shevchenkov Inspector Higgis
Semyon Furman Johnson
Hetaeras of Major Sokolov (Getery mayora Sokolova) A State Security officer 2014

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Verdun "Reichsrevolver M1883" 2015
Tannenberg "Reichsrevolver M1883" 2019
Beyond The Wire "M1883 Reichsrevolver" Erroneously shown as double-action 2022
Isonzo "Reichsrevolver M1883" Introduced in Caporetto expansion 2022


Film/Television Title Character Notation Date
Appare-Ranman! Al Lyon, Gil 2020

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