Mauser C78 'Zig-Zag' Revolver

Mauser C78 'Zig-Zag' Revolver

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Description (Brief)
Developed by Mauser in 1878 this was the first German military revolver to fire modern brass cartridges. The six round grooved cylinder provides the nicname 'Zig-Zag.' It would be replaced by the semiautomatic C96 pistol, but many of the revolvers were used in World War I.
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Object Name
Revolver, Semi-Automatic
revolver, centerfire
Other Terms
Revolver, Semi-Automatic; Firearms; Center Fire; 11 Mm; Rifled; 02; 2H; Sa
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overall: 11 1/4 in x 6 1/8 in x 1 3/4 in; 28.575 cm x 15.5575 cm x 4.445 cm
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Credit Line
War Department. Ordnance Department
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National Museum of American History
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