Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser Model C96 short barrel

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser Model C96 short barrel

Date

1897

Object Number

PR.2070

Provenance

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

Physical Description

10-shot commercial 'conehammer' Mauser C96 pistol with standard size frame but short barrel (not so short as the post-war `Bolo` however) and with non-standard Westley Richards pattern fixed rear sight (missing its ladder). 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, 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

BarrelLength4.7in
BarrelLength120mm
OverallLength275mm
OverallWeight1.06kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 10494

Calibre

7.63 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Unit marking
'S.D.' over '10 33', meaning pistol no. 33 of Bereitschaft 10 of an unknown Schutzpolizei command in either Dusseldorf or Essen (additional markings after the 'S.D.' being undecipherable.
Grip panel, right hand side.
Stamping
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