The Bergmann-Bayard M1910 Pistol
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A bit of history on the Bergmann pistol, from "Pistols of the World", by Hogg and Weeks. The summary is this:

Bergmann secured a contract with Spanish in 1905 for the Bergmann-Mars (aka Model No. 6 or No. 6a), and had contracted with Schilling of Shul to actually do the production run. But Heinrick Krieghoff purchased Schilling, and Krieghoff cancelled the contract with Bergmann.

As a result, production of the Mars was licensed to Anciens Establissement Pieper of Liege in Belgium in 1907. Pieper completed the Spanish contract, and then made some modifications to the pistol and sold the changed pistol as the Bergmann-Bayard - this is the Model 1908.

Pieper then made some additional changes, including finger cutouts in the bottom of the magazine well, and this comprised the Model 1910. A number of Model 1910's were sold to the Danes (as the "m/1910"). There followed a contract to Greece after the end of the Second Balkan War (1913), but the contract had not been completed in 1914 when Belgium fell to the Germans. Pieper production of the Bergmann-Bayard ended at that time and was never resumed.

The Danes began production of the Bergmann-Bayard in 1922, and ceased production in 1935.

Production Bergmann-Bayard pistols were chambered for the 9 m/m Bergmann-Bayard (our own beloved 9 m/m Largo), and magazines had a capacity of either six rounds (most common) or ten rounds.


Detailed images of a Danish Bergmann-Bayard M1910 Pistol

Belgium proof of the barrel.

Belgium proof marks on the top of the bolt

Danish proof mark on the upper, left barrel extension

Danish property number, and the Belgium proof directly below it

left chamber markings

Left Side View

Danish Model marking

Pieper name and address


Belgium chamber proof

Right side view
Text and images Larry Ellison.
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