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Lot 1508: Rare Bergmann-MARS Model 1903 Semi Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: September 15, 2013

Lot 1508: Rare Bergmann-MARS Model 1903 Semi Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: September 15, 2013

Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,000
Price Realized:

Rare Bergmann-MARS Model 1903 Semi Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Bergmann Theodor
Model: 1903
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm Bergman
Barrel: 4 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: walnut checkered
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Catalog Page: 197
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun
Description:

This is an exceptionally rare and very early Bergmann-Mars Model 1903 pistol manufactured under contract for the German Government. It is estimated that fewer than 1,000 of the early semi-automatic pistols were ever produced. The Danish Government was the primary user, with an extremely limited number manufactured under the German contract. This example is easily identified as a German version based on the "Crown/Crown U" proofs. The top of the barrel extension is marked "BERGMANN/MARS/PAT.BREV./S.G.D.G.". As noted this scarce example has the single German "Crown/Crown/U" firing and acceptance proofs on the left side of the frame above the magazine release, the top of the rear section of the bolt, top of the breech end of the barrel and top of the chamber area of the barrel extension. It has a detachable box magazine numbered "308" with checkered walnut grips numbered "45" and "14".

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 97% of a possibly old professional restoration. The grip panels are both very fine with nice matching color on both sides with sharp checking. The markings and proofs are clear and it has matching visible numbers except the magazine and the left grip as noted above. An extremely rare and difficult pistol to locate in any condition.



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