Rare Austro-Hungarian Army Training Video For Steyr-Hahn Pistol

Our resident historian recently found an old Austro-Hungarian Army training video on the manual of arms for the WWI Steyr Hammer pistol. AKA the Steyr-Hahn. The quality of the video is somewhat crude and the accents might be a little tough to get past, but if you were an officer in the Austro-Hungarian Army, this video might just save your life.

 

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  • Brennen Munro

    Wow! Did not expect that… What causes this kind of reaction? It looked like the pistol threw up because it disliked the brand of ammo or something. Oops!
    Munro

    • I was joking when I filmed it. The Steyr-Hahn is fed using stripper clips. Just like a Mauser rifle. So there is a lever on the side which will open the feed-lips and let all the rounds eject from it’s fixed magazine.

      While I know better than to do it, I can tell you that I accidentally did it once that day. Off camera. Because the lever is in the same place a slide-stop would be on modern guns.

      So…hit the button…bloop! Out comes the rounds!

      Marky

      • Mikial

        Wow, that’s . . . . um . . . . bizarre.

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  • Gary Tompkins

    Makes me laugh every time I see this. Thanks.

    • I obviously set this up. And I was aware of the issue before ever doing it. But truth be told, I have done it twice by accident.

      It’s easy to do if you use your slide-stop to load.

      Marky

      • Gary Tompkins

        I know it was set up. But the commentary that goes with it is great. I saw it when you first put it up. Still makes me laugh.