RapGameVladimirPutin: This, alongside many other photos taken by the same photographer, were found by my grandfather in a bombed out house in Yugoslavia during the Allied bombings in 1944
derbyshiredave: Great picture, thanks for posting! They’re not revolvers though
Weiner365: Just so you know, Mauser C-96s are semi automatic pistols, not revolvers
mafiaking1936: And that’s how, with a few minor adjustments, you can turn a regular gun, into ten guns!
JabbaLeChat: I’ve been corrected as follows…
“The photo regularly pops up across the web. The text does not relate to a year, but rather a unit, in this case Fliegerkompanie (FliK or Fl.K) 15. This unit operated first on the Serbian Front and later in Trentino. This photo’s from earliest 1916, based on the uniform & facings.
The weapon(s) are one of many different attempts at arming observation aircraft while suffering from a severe shortage of guns. I’d say this is a one-off, probably made by personnel of the unit. Improvised weapons mounts and the like were common until 1917/18. That’s about all.”
There may be more comment in due course as more WW1 historians take a look at it…