I wanted to share few pictures of M1907 Dreyse (.32 ACP), my much esteemed possession
The pistol was designed by Louis Schmeisser in the early 1900's and originally developed for commercial sale. It was manufactured only 8 years from 1907 through 1915.
Itís a blowback operated, semi-automatic pistol which is chambered in 7.65mm (.32 ACP) caliber. It was designed to operate as a striker-fired single action firearm.
The sights include a blade front sight and a V notch rear sight, both of which have been milled into the pistol and are not adjustable.
The magazine is a single column 7 round detachable box magazine. It has the old European style heel magazine release.
The manual thumb safety is located above and behind the left side of the grip and must be in the fire position before the slide is allowed to move rearward. The safety lever moves in a downward 180 degree arc.
This firearm does not employ a slide hold open mechanism to inform the operator that the last round has been fired.
There are 3 "crown over N markings" that were stamped on German firearms manufactured before April 1, 1940. The Crown over N stamp indicates that the gun has been proof fired with a "nitro" propellant which is also known as smokeless powder.
The stamp is only applied to firearms that have successfully passed the proof firing test. The top crown over the letter N stamp is located on the slide, the middle stamp is located on the barrel casing, while the bottom stamp is on the frame.
The weight of the slide lies above the barrel and to some, Dreyse might seem like an awkward pistol as itís grip angle isn't quite right and it also feels top-heavy. Nonetheless, M1907 Dreyse was reasonably successful, considering that nearly a quarter- million were made.