The Borchardt was the first commercially viable self-loading pistol. It was designed in 1893 by Hugo Borchardt, based on the toggle lock mechanism used in the Maxim machine gun that had been recently developed. It used a 7.62 x 25mm cartridge dimensionally identical to the later 7.63 Mauser round, but a bit more lightly loaded. The piece had an overall weight of 2.5 pounds. It was tested by a number of military forces, but not found suitable by any – it was simply too early of a design to be robust enough for military service.
Georg Luger was an employee of the firm producing Borchardt pistols (DWM), and refined the principles of the Borchardt to produce the iconic Parabellum pistol several years later.
Photos of a Borchardt pistol (click to download high-resolution copies)
I inherited a Borchardt hangun from my father with the name System Borchardt Patent and other words including the word Berlin. It was given to him as payment for a debt in 1962. The provider said he took it off the body of a dead German Officer in WW I.
I would like to get ammuninition and also the stock that is shown in the site pictures.
This handgun is in working order and is the most accurate handgun of the four that I own.
Can anyone suggest where to get ammunition or the stock?
What you’ll need is basically .30 Mauser (Broomhandle ammo) LIGHTLY loaded similar to a 30 Luger round. The Borchardt ammo evolved into the Mauser and later 7.63 Tokarev round. Do Not try either Mauser or Tokarev rounds in your gun! You’ll have to ‘roll your own’. Probably next to impossible to find original ammo, probably cost more than gold. Email me at: email@example.com if you have questions.
Interested in selling it potentially??
Does anyone have the repro manual for the Borchardt???
exactly ¡¡¡¡ this is a rare manual and a very expensive early pistol, i only see the american patent but never the booklet, the files in the website named “landofborchardts” doesn´t have a download option, you only see the pics with low resolution, in other forum one original manual cost US 1,500 ¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡¡
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Just to clarify, is this an a fully automatic pistol or a semi automatic pistol, I see conflicting information all over the net as to whether or not this is the first full auto or semi auto hand gun?
It is only semiautomatic. In early years, “automatic pistol” was a term to differentiate these type of guns from revolvers, because they automatically reloaded and cocked on each shot.
Any chance of a disassembly and/or firing video?
Are there even rounds for this beast anymore?
Or can 7.63×25mm Mauser rounds be used?
Yes, I have a couple leads on Borchardts that I can shoot, although I can’t say exactly when it might happen. Ammo is not commerciall available anymore; it’s the same dimensionally as 7.63 Mauser but loaded lighter.
Anyone have a Borchardt pistol for sale?
I know someone who has one if you are still looking
A beautiful case example photographs here:
If a PPSH-41 was loaded with this ammo, I imagine a cyclic rate upwards of 2000 rpm, given the low bolt thrust. If anybody has experience with this feedback would be appreciated.
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I am interested clip (magazin) pistaleta BORCHARD If anyone knows where to buy it, please thanks
Do you know of any Borchardt C-93’s for sale?
Well, there are a couple in the James D Julia auction coming up. There is also this one (http://www.rockislandauction.com/viewitem/aid/65/lid/3575) selling literally today at Rock Island.
thanks for the info
I’m a Borchardt and looking for a Borchardt pistol to add to the family history arcive. Please let me know if you are willing to sell or know someone who is willing to sell.
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Hello, I’m Jean Pierre from Belgium and have a mint Borchardt C93 to sell.
Please contact me via firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are still looking for a Borchardt we currently have one for sale. Please let me know if you have any questions or need more information.
If you are ever in Cincinnati, please stop in at Cowan’s Auctions. You are welcome to come.
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My father in law is Daniel Borchardt. He is nearly 92 years old. He had been hoping to come across a C93 handgun. Can anyone help?