Hungary
1897-1950

Pistols


Frommer Pistols





Eiler Pocket Pistol



Nalava Pocket Pistol



Rudolf Frommer (1868-1936)

The most famous Hungarian weapon designer was born in 8/4/1868 in Budapest. His original trade was a banker. He was hired by the Fegyvergyar in 1896 to repair the factory's financial problems. He become interested in weapon design and started to work in that position in 1898. His 1st patent was registered in 1901 for a self loading pistol the M1901. He made several improvements to the pistol: the M1906 and the M1910 which was adopted by the Gendarmerie.

Frommer became Business Director in 1904. Frommer designed a long-recoil self-loading 8x57mm rifle in 1910. His 1912 Frommer Stop was adopted by the 'Honvedseg, the Hungarian segment of the Army. In 1914 he was elevated to a noble rank, 'Fegyverneki', by Franz Jozsef for his weapon designing achievemnts and he also became the Factory Director, remaining so until retirement in 1935.

The Frommer Baby and the Frommer Liliput followed the Frommer Stop later. The Army adopted his Frommer 29.M. He died in 1936. His last pistol design was adopted by the Army a year later as the Frommer 37.M . The 37.M was also manufactured for German contract as the P.37(u).

Frommer also designed hunting rifles, a shotgun in 1926 and the succesful Frommer Monte Carlo 1929 shotgun. Frommer owned over 100 patents. He was a first-class engineer with an original mind, and the pistols bearing his name were successful enough to see widespread use. Some were complicated, but their durability is implicit in their long employment by military and police in central Europe.

The Frommer designed pistols were manufactured by Fegyver es Gepgyar, called Femaru Fegyver es Gepgyar after 1919, Budapest, 1901-1945. After 1945 all his designs were abandoned by the communists for politilal reasons.