The Sauer Bär was a German pistol designed by Burkhard Behr.
History[edit | edit source]
The Bär was patented in 1897 and 1898 by Burkhard Behr, a Russian-Swiss engineer who designed both the pistol itself and the proprietary cartridge for it, 7mm Bär. Production began in 1900 until 1907, when the 7mm Bär model was discontinued and replaced by a .25 ACP model, which stayed in production until around 1914.
In 1910, the weapon was sold for ℛℳ42,50 with ammunition for the pistol being sold at ℛℳ1,25 for 100 according to an Albrecht Kind catalog, while the pistol was offered for ℛℳ48 in the Adolph Frank (ALFA) catalog. The pistol was discontinued after 1914, with nobody offering it for sale by then. Very few Bärs were produced in total; the highest surviving serial number known is below 300.
Design Details[edit | edit source]
A rather simple pistol, the Bär is a double-action only pistol with a compact form factor. The weapon feeds from a rotating cylinder block which holds four rounds; pushing a button on the top of the gun allows one to rotate the block around. The weapon has two barrels.
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