Model 1896 Mauser Broom-Handle
The Model C-1896 Mauser is a distinctive and impressive looking weapon. One of the most noticeable features of the C-96 is the hollow wooden shoulder stock that doubled as a holster. From the initial prototype in 1895, C-96 Mauser production ended around 1937 which brought an end to one of the most recognizable pistols ever made. Although over 100 years have passed since its inception, the C-96 Broomhandle Mauser remains one of the most sought after firearms in the world by collectors.
This example is commonly known as a "Standard Prewar Commercial" which has a 5.5 inch barrel in 7.63 mm caliber with a 6 digit serial number on the diagonal flat. It carries a small ring hammer with a hole through the safety knob and a stepped frame with lanyard ring pivot on the bottom of the walnut grips.
A view of the 50-1000 meter tangent sights carried on this model. Note that the sights go from 800 to 100 with no marking for 900 meters.
This example comes with a matched wooden holster with an identical serial number to the pistol.
The top of the receiver is marked "WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A/N".
A view of the WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A. NECKAR marking on the side.
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