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Im new to this forum, and I hope this is in the right spot. Anyways, I have a 1902 Mannlicher Steyr (atleast I think its a 1902 from what Ive read) pistol. I wanted to check the chamber because it doesnt belong to me to make sure it wasnt loaded before I started to handle it. I dont know anything about this gun, but now the slide is in the locked open position and I do not know how to release the slide to close up the chamber. Im afraid to keep it open for long periods of time because it might damage the springs inside. There is a small lever on the right side of the grip. I pressed that down while trying to move the slide backwards to release the tension and hopefully have it move foreward, but no luck.

Does anyone have any experience with this pistol that can offer some guidance as to how to return the slide to the closed position? Any input would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
 

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Yeah, from what I have gathered it is a model 1902 and it does not have a removable magazine. It is loaded from the top by stripper clips (I think). Do you know of anyone I could get in contact with who has experience with this type of gun that could hep?
 

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Yeah that might be the tricky part. Not sure how im gonna do that without slamming my finger in there, or if i use something else to hold it down, then that might snap off inside which would be bad.
 

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I tried to push the follower down while holding the slide back, but it didnt allow the slide to go forward. There has to be something else holding it up...just cant figure it out...
 

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Yeah its the first one. I tried having someone else push the follower down with the end of a pencil while i pulled the slide backwards and then let it go forwards as the other person depressed the follower, but it didnt work. It still seemed to get hung up on something. On the right side of the grip there is a thin metal lever that Im guessing is the slide release, but it doesnt do anything...Shouldnt I not have to push down on anything on the inside to make it go forward? Since the lever is on the right side of the gun it seems as though it is maybe left handed...not that it makes any difference.
 

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Thanks Howdy! It worked! I dont understand why they would make it so that you had to have someone else help you to get the thing closed. I guess maybe they figured that it would ALWAYS be loaded and no one would ever want to close it empty.
 
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