Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Date

about 1905

Object Number

PR.2071

Provenance

Made by Mauser c1905 Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room 1988. Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

Typical features including small ring-shaped hammer, shallow milled panels in frame, rear sight graduated 50-1000 (metres), later firing pin retainer, 2nd type safety catch, integral trigger unit, long extractor, 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking and 'WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A NECKAR' on right hand side frame. Typical rust-blued finish on frame and barrel/barrel extension, extractor, rear sight and trigger ‘fire blued’, internal parts and the hammer case-hardened. Wooden grips and original lanyard ring. Typical period German proof marks.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing, Case hardening, Casting

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength5.5in
BarrelLength140mm
OverallLength295mm
OverallWeight1.14kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 77831

Calibre

7.63 x 25 mm Mauser

Inscriptions and Marks

Proof mark
Crown over W, standard Oberndorf proof mark post-1900.
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
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF NECKAR
Nock's form
Stamping