The Landstad revolver, also known as the Landstad 1900, is a prototype Norwegian automatic revolver.
History[edit | edit source]
The revolver was developed in 1899 by Oslo resident Halvard F. Landstad (died 1955) who built a single prototype with his own expenses. This single prototype was submitted to military trials in 1901 where it was rejected due to dismal performance and being regarded as overly complex.
Due to its less than desirable performance, no other copies of the weapon were produced. Landstad kept the prototype for himself and emigrated to the United Kingdom, where he lived until his death. The weapon was later donated to the National Rifle Association of the United Kingdom and kept at their museum at Bisley in 1977 until it was sold at an auction. The weapon was auctioned off again in 2015 and is now in the hands of a private collector in Norway.
Design Details[edit | edit source]
At first glance, the Landstad may look like a normal revolver; however, the Landstad is not a normal revolver by any stretch of the word. The weapon has a flat cylinder with only two chambers, a slide as opposed to a hammer and a box magazine. The Landstad is also one of only a few "true" automatic revolvers where it actually ejects casings automatically when firing.
When the trigger was pulled, a round from the magazine would be moved into the bottom chamber of the cylinder. The cylinder would then rotate and align the round in line with the barrel. As the trigger is fully pulled, the hammer falls and the weapon fires, with the recoil energy cycling the action backwards to extract and eject the empty case.