Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Date

1897

Object Number

XII.3597

Provenance

Made by Mauser in 1897. Part of the Pattern Room gift to the Armouries in 2005.

Physical Description

Standard 10-shot commercial 'conehammer' Mauser C96 pistol with standard size frame and barrel length. Typical early features including cone-shaped hammer, deeply milled panels in frame, early firing pin retainer, 1st type safety catch, separate trigger unit, long extractor, sights marked 50-500 (metres) and 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking. With wooden holster-stock. Typical rust-blued finish on frame and barrel/barrel extension, extractor and rear sight ‘fire blued’, trigger 'strawed’, internal parts and the hammer case-hardened. 23-groove walnut grips. Typical German proof marks.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing, Case hardening

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength5.5in
BarrelLength140mm
OverallLength295mm
OverallWeight1.11kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 11934

Calibre

7.63 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Proof mark
Antler symbol similar to the later Ulm proof mark - per Geoffrey Sturgess it is the Oberndorf proof mark for c1897 - 1899.
Right side barrel extension
Stamping
Inspection mark
Cluster of five individual stamps, specific significance unknown.
Underside barrel extension
Stamping
Proof mark
Crown over crowned letter U - standard Imperial German barrel pressure test mark for post-1892 testing, which required that the same test be carried out twice.
Left side barrel extension
Stamping
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A/N
Nock's form
Stamping