EM-GE Zenit M (circa 1937 to 1940)

Another recent addition to the collection! This is the rare EM-GE Zenit M repeater. This pistol was manufactured in Germany from around 1937 to 1940 in Zella Mehlis, Germany.

Based on the single-shot version of the Zenit, a magazine and loader were fitted to the breech of the barrel. The magazine has a capacity of up to 10 pellets which are gravity fed into the loader. Each time the pistol is cocked, a pellet would drop into the loader or breech. Typically the magazine was made of an alloy and was prone to breakage if the pellets became jammed in the loader. This example has a metal magazine which may or may not be a replica. It has been suggested that both alloy and metal magazines variants were produced.

Interestingly, on the right-hand side is an impression of a ship or liner with “GERMANY” stamped within. I haven’t seen this on any other airgun other than on an EM-GE starter pistol.

A full review will be uploaded in due course.

Until next time, happy shooting!

Jimmie Dee

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  1. I recently inherited one of these pistols, and the story goes that my grandfather brought it home from Germany. He served with the US 3rd Army for the duration of his service, and wound up in Frankfort until 1947. He was hit in a stack of letters from my grandmother, and a Bible that was tucked into the inside pocket of his field coat by a 9mm fired from a young officer’s Luger. The story of his purchasing the air pistol was to use it for pest control, and for training on the Luger without it being seen by other men who might steal it. My cousin has the Luger, but I have the Zenit.

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