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Lot 1516: Danish Schouboe Model 1907 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: May 15, 2021

Very Rare Danish Schouboe Model 1907 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $25,000 - $45,000

Very Rare Danish Schouboe Model 1907 Semi-Automatic Pistol

Manufacturer: Dansk Rekylriffel Syndikat
Model: 1907
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 11.35 mm
Barrel: 5 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: metal
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 351
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

Manufactured in Copenhagen, this is a rare example of a DRS Model 1907 Schouboe semi-automatic pistol, with less than 1,000 being produced according to Scott Meadows in "U.S. Military Automatic Pistols 1894-1920", where they are pictured and described. Originally developed by Jen Theodor Suhr Schouboe as a 7.65mm in 1903, the design was revisited and scaled up to take a proprietary 11.35mm cartridge manufactured by DWM. The bullet used in this cartridge definitely stands out as unusual, being a highly lightweight round constructed with a wood core and an aluminum jacket and base. In contrast to a typical hardball 45 ACP round at 230 grains and 830 FPS out of the muzzle, this 11.35mm bullet weighs 63 grains and clocks in at about 1600 FPS. When the round was tested in a later model Schouboe by the Army in 1913, it was noted as producing little recoil and a very bright muzzle flash, while being less accurate than the issued 45 and only achieving about 2.14" of penetration on oak boards at six feet. In the final evaluation, the Schouboe design was found to have a simple and durable mechanism, good balance, and generally satisfactory in testing, but not superior to the already accepted Colt 1911. Blade font and dovetailed notch rear sights, with the left side of the slide marked "DANSK REKYLRIFFEL SYNDIKAT/KOBENHAVN" and the serial number "354" on multiple parts. Takedown is very fast, with a pushbutton latch on the back of the slide and a hook on the underside of the barrel holding the entire upper assembly to the frame, allowing the pistol to be broken down to the slide, barrel and frame in seconds without tools. The grips are smooth metal construction, as found on the later produced examples, with an unmarked blued steel magazine.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 95% of the professionally restored blue finish, showing the start of a plum patina, bright edge wear, and minor spotting and handling marks. The grips are in equal condition, with some tool marks on the screws and light scratches. Mechanically very good.

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