Rast & Gasser M1898

The Rast & Gasser Model 1898 was a service revolver used by the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I and various armies in World War II.

Rast & Gasser M1898
Class Manportable
Type Handguns
Manufacturer Rast & Gasser
Production Period 1898 - 1919
Origin Austria-Hungary
Country Name Origin Year
Austria-Hungary 1898
Country Name Operational Year Retirement Year
Italy View
Yugoslavia (Serbia) View
Austria-Hungary 1898 1918 View
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
Rast & Gasser 1898 1919 200000 View

180,000 copies were produced by the firm Leopold Gasser Waffenfabrik in Vienna from 1898 to 1912. The M1898 was planned to be replaced in the Austro-Hungarian cavalry by the Roth–Steyr M1907, and in the infantry by the Steyr M1912, prior to the outbreak of the First World War. However production of newer pistols was not sufficient and the weapon continued in service, especially issued to NCOs, officers and as a secondary weapons to machinegunners. In some armies it was used up through the Second World War, including Italy and Yugoslavia. The quality manufacture and the strength of the solid-frame design made it a reliable and consistent military weapon.

The M1898 was copied in Belgium by Manufacture d'Armes Liégeoise in 7.62 Nagant caliber.

Type Revolver
Place of origin  Austria-Hungary
Service history
In service 1898-1945
1898-1918 Austria-Hungary
Used by Austria-Hungary
Kingdom of Italy
Kingdom of Yugoslavia
Wars World War I
World War II
Production history
Designer August Rast
Manufacturer Rast & Gasser
Produced 1898–1919
Number built Up to 200,000
Weight 935 g (2.1 lb) unloaded
Length 223 mm (8.8 in)
Barrel length 116 mm (4.6 in)
Cartridge 8mm Gasser, 7.62 Nagant
Action Double-action revolver
Muzzle velocity 240 m/s (787.4 ft/s)
Feed system 8 round cylinder
Sights Rear V-notch and front post

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