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Haenel is a German weapon manufacturer located in Suhl, Germany. The Prussian commissioner for firearms manufacturing, Carl Gottlieb Haenel, began producing bicycles and weapons in 1840, a combination which was not uncommon at the time as it required similar means of production and skills. In 1887, the Suhl-based weapons designer C. W. Aydt joined the company in order to produce his Aydt target rifle and later the Aydt target pistol for sporting. In 1879, the German Army introduced the M1879 Reichsrevolver and a smaller derivative, the M1883. Haenel was awarded a share of the manufacturing for these firearms as part of a consortium, named the Suhl Konsortium, formed with the sporting arms manufacturer V. Ch. Schilling. The firearms they produced were marked with the signature "VCS CGH Suhl" in reference to their initials and Suhl origin. Haenel later produced hunting weapons, bayonets and, during World War I, produced vast quantities of the Mauser Model 98 for the German Army. This air pistol in factory nickel plate is the Model 26 which was produced circa 1930-1939. It features an enamelled zinc alloy barrel (with brass liner) and frame with brown wood grip plates. The cylinder is clearly marked ‘HAENEL MOD. 26 BRIT PAT No277265 DRP’ with ‘MADE in GERMANY on the right of the cylinder and ‘CAL 4.5 m/m (.177) on the left side of the barrel. The pistol is fitted with its correct front post and rear adjustable rear sights. Serial No 7158. The left hand wooden grip has a number of small nicks, and the nickel plate is showing some signs of wear. The pistol cocks and fires crisply. Its smooth bore is clean. The price includes UK delivery. NB As a post 1939 Air Pistol the restrictions of the Crime Reduction Act apply to the sale & delivery of this item. AI 635.