Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96 'Red Nine' Weimar Rework

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96 'Red Nine' Weimar Rework

Date

1916

Object Number

PR.4102

Provenance

Made by Mauser in 1916. Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room, date unknown. Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

Typical features including full length barrel on standard size frame (shortened barrel), small ring-shaped hammer, shallow milled panels in frame, rear sight graduated 50-500 (metres), later firing pin retainer, 3rd or 'Neue Sicherung' type safety catch, integral trigger unit, later short extractor, 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking and 'WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A NECKAR' on right hand side frame. Typically rough war finish with machining marks, but still rust-blued on frame and barrel/barrel extension. Extractor, rear sight and trigger ‘fire blued’, internal parts and the hammer are case-hardened. 26 grooved wooden grips with numeral '9' burned in and infilled with red paint, to indicate a weapon chambered in 9 x 19 mm (there being significant numbers of 7.63 x 25 mm pistols already in private purchase and limited issue).Typical German proof marks. Original lanyard ring.

Techniques

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

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength3.9in
BarrelLength100mm
OverallLength255mm
OverallWeight1.07kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 16583 (222235 on hammer)

Calibre

9 x 19 mm Parabellum

Inscriptions and Marks

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