Bergmann-Bayard

Notes: The Bergmann-Bayard M-1908 was designed by the Danish gunsmith Theodor Bergmann, but he ran into financial difficulties and in 1907 sold the rights to the Bergmann-Bayard to Pieper. Pieper renamed it the Bayard, but the designer’s name is so well known that is it is almost always referred to as the Bergmann-Bayard. Despite the resemblance to the Mauser c/96, the Bergmann-Bayard is an original design and owes nothing to the Mauser; mechanically, the Bergmann-Bayard designs bear no resemblance to the Mauser c/96.

The initial models were sold to the Spanish Army, then to the Greeks. In 1911, the Danish adopted it, and used it until 1940, and then for a short period after World War 2, alongside the M-1910/21. These Danish issue models are the most common encountered today. The M-1908 was originally made in Herstal-lez-Liege, Belgium, but the occupation of Belgium by the Germans in World War 1 and the Danes began their own production line in the government small arms factory in Copenhagen. The M-1908 used a 4-inch barrel, with hard plastic grip plates.

After World War 1, Pieper was not able to supply the Bergmann-Bayard to the Danish Army, so the Danes continued production, producing the Bergmann-Bayard M-1910/21. This version used a larger hard plastic grip, and the cover plate on the frame (used during field stripping and disassembling) was secured with a screw instead of the spring catch of the M-1908. The magazines were also altered with grip tabs on the bottom to allow them to be more easily removed from the pistol, as well as the moving of the magazine catch to the lower sides of the magazine well. The Danish had already decided in 1940 to replace the M-1910/21 and M-1908 with the Browning High-Power HP-35, but almost no High-Powers had been delivered before the Nazis occupied Belgium in World War 2, and the Bergmann-Bayard soldiered on, largely in the hands of Danish resistance members and some Nazi troops. The M-1910/21 is identical to the M-1908 for game purposes.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Bergmann-Bayard

9mm Largo

1.02 kg

10

$273

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Bergmann-Bayard

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

8

Dansk Schouboe Model 1907

Notes: This pistol was designed by Lieutenant Jens Torring Schouboe, an officer in the Danish Army and director of the Dansk Rekylriffel Syndikat, a maker of firearms of the time. The Model 1907 was designed after the failure of his first pistol design; it is a very large-caliber pistol that was designed to be relatively light in weight. He also wanted to use a simple blowback design, but this was difficult to do with such a large bullet. He therefore designed a very lightweight bullet, made of wood with a thin copper jacket. The weapon worked, but the bullet was really too light to have much stopping power, and it lost velocity quickly. The Model 1907 was never popular, and production stopped altogether in 1917.

Weapon

Ammunition

Weight

Magazines

Price

Model 1907

11.35mm Schouboe Auto

1.19 kg

6

$333

Weapon

ROF

Damage

Pen

Bulk

SS

Burst

Range

Model 1907

SA

1

Nil

1

3

Nil

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