Montenegrin Revolver 2nd Model : Turkish officer's revolver : Lieutenant Colonel G F Langley, 14th Light Horse Regiment, AIF

Place Middle East: Ottoman Empire, Damascus
Accession Number REL49307
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Physical description Bone, Steel
Maker Leopold Gasser, Vienna
Place made Austria, Ottoman Empire: Turkey
Date made c 1890s
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

The M.1885 Kipplaufrevolver or 2nd Model Montenegrin Revolver is a hinged-frame, top-break design that used a frame locking system similar to the British Webley-Pryse method. The revolver is made from ordnance grade steel. The metal surface of the revolver is blued. The hinge frame is unlocked by depressing two locking levers which are located on the rear of the frame. The revolver is of 11 mm (.44 inch) calibre and has a six-shot cylinder. The barrel features a front post sight and the rear sight is a fixed notch. The revolver's grip is faced on either side with smooth, pale bone handle inserts. There is a lanyard ring attached to the base of the handle. The cylinder and the top of the barrel are covered with an engraved floral design. Markings - The left side of the revolver frame is stamped with the European number 21 and an Arabic script - 401. The rear of the cylinder is stamped with the number 28. Manufacturer’s marks include a circle with three letters placed inside - N, I and an indecipherable letter.

History / Summary

The revolver was described by the donor as having been taken from a Turkish officer by Lieutenant Colonel George Furner Langley, the commanding officer of 14th Light Horse Regiment, towards the end of the First World War, when the regiment entered the outskirts of Damascus on 30 September 1918. According to the Official History 'four thousand prisoners and much booty' were taken by the regiment.