Handgun lights and extended magazines are so 1910

Forgotten Weapons posted this on their social media feed. It was sent in by a reader who took it at a Swiss gun show. The handgun is a Mauser Model 1910 in 7.65mm, with what appears to be a custom gunsmithing job that mounted an early handheld light to the frame of the handgun. In addition it appears to have an extended magazine inserted, or a fixed magazine to convert the handgun into a single shot magazine as one of the commenters on the picture said. This same handgun appears on a European website listing it for 3,500 CHF.

Screen Shot 2016-12-11 at 9.38.16 PM Screen Shot 2016-12-11 at 9.38.23 PM Screen Shot 2016-12-11 at 9.38.19 PM

The history of small arms is one of plateaus and timing. More often than not, a designer or a company will come up with a solution to a problem that just wasn’t ready for the era in which it came out in. However further down the line, when industry and technology developed, the solution was perfectly tenable. Sometimes the opposite happens and a solution is put forth that is just a little too late. This is true for any number of designs through the history of small arms. Projects such as the OICW, caseless ammunition are perfect examples. Although very forward thinking, the timing just wasn’t right because developments in other sectors hadn’t caught up. At the dawn of the 20th Century electronics and light manufacturing wasn’t able to put forth a light small enough as to not be obtrusive when using the handgun.


Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    That light is surprisingly small considering when it was made. Can’t be very powerful i imagine.

    • Billy Jack

      .008 lumens

    • Bob

      Better than candle stick and a pitch tar torch.

  • Edeco

    In the 1920’s the hunter Jim Corbett tried a light on his rifle. I forget the details but don’t think it was a game changa.

  • JT303

    Could it be a Wespi searchlight sight? I remember reading about those a while ago, and it looks quite similar. While I don’t think the sight was ever particularly popular, it was a novel idea. It shone a light, with an obstruction to project a shadowed spot in the centre of the beam, indicating the point of impact (supposedly). It was said to have a range of 60ft.

  • Michael Rice
    • Billy Jack

      That’s what I came to see. Ye olde Shurefyre.

    • ModelT

      Its fake.

  • derpmaster
    • Michael Rice

      Not gonna lie…thought that candle was something else.

  • Harry’s Holsters

    It things like this that make me love firearms. In it’s time the light might have seemed like a 65 lumen 15 years ago.

  • Raginzerker

    I’m sure this is gonna be in the new battlefield dlc