A Trip to the Bundeswehr’s Fantastic Defense Technology Museum in Koblenz, Part 7: Pistols [GUEST POST]

The history of modern small arms is in part so fascinating because of how many firearms have been developed even in obscure circumstances, and how many of those obscure small arms still exist in museums and private collections around the world. Even though I make learning about obscure modern small arms my hobby, I am continually surprised by the new and unique weapons I uncover both on the Internet and in real-life excursions to some of the aforementioned collections.

TFB reader Bronezhilet¬†recently visited the Bundeswehr’s (German Army) Defense Technology Museum in Koblenz, Germany, and shared with TFB the photos he took of the small arms in the collection there. Over the course of a few installments, we’ll be taking a look at groups of these photos. For the moment, we won’t be taking an in-depth look, but I encourage our readers to check out these weapons for themselves!

We previously looked at some of the great selfloading rifles, submachine guns, and assault rifles at the Koblenz museum, and today we’re going to round things out by checking out their pistol prototypes. Let’s start with the mechanically unique double-action Dimancea revolver:


Do you like pepperbox revolvers?


A lovely ring-actuated repeating pistol from Schulhof:


Another Schulhof, this one looks like a testbed:


An earlier Schulhof prototype, from 1885:


TFB’s favorite Austrian striker-fired pistol, the M1907 Roth-Steyr!


How about a Union pistol with a horseshoe mag?


Not unusual enough for you? Try a Danuvia VD-01 with its helical magazine on for size:


Koblenz definitely loves their cutaways, here of a Hungarian M1937:


The granddaddy of the machine pistol – the Steyr M1912/16, with its extended 16 round magazine:


And finally, an East German SED machine pistol, with its distinctive forward grip/magazine housing:

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That’s all we have for the pistols at Koblenz, but there’s one more section to get through. Tune in next time when we check out the random weird and wonder weapons that the Bundeswehr’s museum has on display!

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • iksnilol

    Schulhof: pioneering weight reduction via skeletonizing before it was cool.

  • PK

    So, where can we download an archive of all of these wonderful photos? I would very much like to have them.

  • roguetechie

    I heard you like skeletonizing so we skeletonized your skeleton!

  • Giolli Joker

    “Koblenz definitely loves there cutaways”

    Who doesn’t?

    Also, tactical spelling of “their”? ūüôā

  • Marc

    Creating a working cutaway is a typical task for machinist apprentices in Germany.

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