Bergmann pistols were another attempt to bring semi-auto firearms into existence in the 1890s.  (The other best known types were the 1893 Borchardt, and 1896 Mauser.)

      Bergmann 1893:

      Bergmann 1894:

      Bergmann 1896:

      Bergmann 1897:

      Of these, the 1896 model is probably the best known.  Bergmann was originally unable to gear up their factory to manufacture these guns, and tried to contract with Mauser to produce them.  A handful of pre-production models were made, then Mauser backed out, due to having developed their own semi-auto handgun.  The 1896 was eventually put into production by Bergmann, but it never sold as well as the Mauser, or even the Borchardt.

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      The Broomhandle Mauser eventually became the basis for the blaster pistols used by Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, by adding a small scope, a funnel on the end of the barrel, and some glued on heatsinks.   Later, the Bergmann became the influence for a Mandalorian blaster in the Star Wars realm.

      Clearly a Bergmannesque frame, although the hammer is still Mauserish.

      In addition, a "Bergmann 1911" appeared in the 1971 film "Big Jake", which starred John Wayne.  In fact, this gun was a prop, made from a Walther P-38 modified to resemble a Bergmann 1896.

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