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Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby lugerku on 08 Aug 2010 03:56

I was very pleased to have come across this Reichsrevolver that is unit marked to a Ostasiatische Artillery Munitions Column.
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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby Chris Dale on 09 Aug 2010 21:27

Congratulations Lugerku!

That's a great pistol with very interesting markings. Thanks very much for sharing the photos here.

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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby Xavier on 10 Aug 2010 00:37

just for the fun of it..how much did you pay for it?
any other relics like this one in the same place/auction/gunshop/pawnshop..etc etc..?
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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby lugerku on 10 Aug 2010 03:37

Just pure luck it was on gunbroker. Their were no pictures of any unit marks so I asked the seller if their were any and he emailed me back telling me what was on it. I took a chance and bought it for around $400 without seeing any pictures of the marks This is only the 3rd Ostasiatische marked weapon I have come across.
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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby Chris Dale on 10 Aug 2010 10:39

That was a gamble worth taking!

What are the markings exactly? I can only read "O A ? M K 1 143R.9.5"....

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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby lugerku on 11 Aug 2010 03:54

Ostasiatisches Field-Artillerie Regiment Batterie 1 Muntionskolonne 1. Also is a infantry regiment unit mark for the 143rd which was part of the 30 J.D. They were involed in all the major battles on the western front during WWI.
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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby Chris Dale on 11 Aug 2010 10:58

Thanks for explaining those markings...

You probably know what I'm going to ask.... would you mind if I added these photos to the website at www.germancolonialuniforms.co.uk ? We don't have any pistols up there yet, let alone one with such unique markings.

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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby seisenberg on 27 Feb 2012 13:36

I recently came across several Reich's Revolvers as you can see from the attached photos.

From what I've been told about the markings they are model 1879 and 1883s.

20.A.6.15 means 20. field artillery regiment 6. battery revolver no. 20
This regiment was part of the V. German Army Corps and was stationed in Posen.

1.G.A.r.3.68 means First guard field artillery regiment 3. mounted battery revolver no. 68.
This regiment was part of the guard corps and was stationed in Berlin.
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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby Gelle on 27 Feb 2012 17:38

Congrats.... Real nice piece in top condition and with a great history attached to it.
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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby 512jimbo on 08 May 2014 23:36

i have a 1883 reichsrevolver and it has 6 GA 4 and would like to know what it means
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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby Chris Dale on 12 May 2014 20:21

:welcome:

Welcome to the forum. I would guess that could be Guard Artillery... but it is only a guess, try asking the more educated people in the Imperial Germany section- viewforum.php?f=72

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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby Ruhrpottpreusse on 18 May 2014 08:50

Hello!
Here are the artillery units in East-Asia.
Ostasiatisches Feldartillerie-Regiment
Leichte Munitionskolonne
Leichte Feldhaubitz-Munitionskolonne
Ostasiatisches Bataillon schwerer Artillerie
Munitionskolonnen-Abteilung
Inf.Mun.Kol.Nr.1
Inf.Mun.Kol.Nr.2
Art.Mun.Kol.Nr.1
Art.Mun.Kol.Nr.2
Feldhaubitz-Mun.Kol.
schwere Art.Mun.Kol.Nr.1
schwre Art.Mun.Kol.Nr.2

Because we read OA l MK 1, I think it´s the Art.Mun.Kol.Nr.1, the Leichte Mun.Kol. OR the Inf.Mun.Kol.Nr.1 (If the l is an I for infantry)
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Re: Ostasiatische Reichsrevolver

Postby Chris Dale on 19 May 2014 19:30

Very good point. I agree on the Munitions Kolonne. I think the OA is for artillery. Infantry had the unit marking OR on their weapons usually it seems-
http://s400910952.websitehome.co.uk/ger ... 20oaek.htm

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