Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Date

1900

Object Number

PR.2069

Provenance

Made by Mauser in 1900 Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room (date unknown) Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

10-shot commercial 'large ring hammer' Mauser C96 pistol with standard size frame and barrel length. Typical features including large ring-shaped hammer, 'flatside' frame with internal lightening machining, non-pinned rear sight graduated 50-1000 (metres), later firing pin retainer, 1st type safety catch, integral trigger unit, long extractor, 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking. Rust-blued frame and barrel/barrel extension, extractor, rear sight and trigger 'fire blued' (trigger has lost its finish), internal parts and the hammer case-hardened. Wooden grips with 23 grooves.Typical German proof marks. Lanyard ring.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing, Case hardening

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength5.5in
BarrelLength140mm
OverallLength295mm
OverallWeight1.13kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 90184

Calibre

7.63 x 25 mm Mauser

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
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
Inspection mark
Unidentified
Underside barrel
Stamping
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A/N
Nock's form
Stamping