Roth-Sauer Pistol used by the Landespolizei of
 South West Africa

Photos © Alistair Hayes

The Roth-Sauer Pistol was designed and patented in 1900 by an Austrian and a Hungarian, Georg Roth and Karel Krnka. It was manufactured by JP Sauer & Sohn in Suhl, and Sauer bought the patent in 1910. The pistol itself was a 7.65mm, automatic with a seven round magazine. It had a recoiling barrel and a unique cocking system which also worked as a safety catch. The pistol did not prove popular and it was not widely issued to either the Austro-Hungarian or German armies. It was however used in large numbers by the Landespolizei of South West Africa. According to "Unter dem Kreuz des Südens" by S Schepp there were 213 Roth-Sauer pistols in service with the Landespolizei in 1912, including the one shown below. Note the Sauer badge of a hunter on the side of the grips and the Landespolizei marking and weapon number "L.P.92" on the back of the grip.

Recommended External Links with articles on the Roth-Sauer Pistol-
Manowar's Hungarian Weapons and History
Little Gun Club

Forum Deutsche Kolonialgeschichte



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Another Landespolizei Roth-Sauer Pistol, on display at the Swakopmund Museum, Namibia.



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