Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Date

1897

Object Number

PR.7516

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005 Transferred to the Pattern Room from Essex Police, Chelmsford, September 1981. Made by Mauser in 1897. Retailed by Westley Richards.

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, non-standard Westley Richards sights marked 100-300 (yards) and 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking. With wooden holster-stock. Typical rust-blued finish on frame and barrel/barrel extension, extractor ‘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
OverallWeight1.1kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 3349

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
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
Unknown inspector's stamps.
Underside barrel extension
Stamping
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A/N
Nock's form
Stamping