Among other things I collect WWI sidearms. Here are a couple of the more difficult to find mouse guns that made their way onto the battlefield. The war obviously went on a lot longer than anybody thought and the warring powers all learned that far from being just a badge of rank, the sidearm was a legitimate and necessary weapon. The problem was that nobody had enough of them nor the capacity to build enough fast enough. As a result, practically every civilian pistol on the market at the time got pressed into military service alongside the dedicated military sidearms the various armies started the war with. The Frommer Lilliput - one of the commercial "vest pocket" pistols that along with lots of other mouse guns got pressed into military service for the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Star Bonifacio Echeverria (Star) 1914. About 20,000 of these Spanish pistols were supplied to French officers along with the Ruby which was supplied to the French army in much larger numbers. A 7.65 browning pistol doesn't sound like much but it was probably better than brass knuckles and clubs and spades which were also used in nasty close quarter trench fights.