Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96 'Bolo'

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96 'Bolo'

Date

1902

Object Number

PR.7517

Provenance

Made by Mauser in 1902 Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room, 1974. Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

10-shot commercial 'large ring hammer' Mauser C96 'Bolo' pistol with short barrel and frame. Typical features including large ring-shaped hammer, milled panels in frame, rear sight graduated 50-1000 (metres), later firing pin retainer, 1st type safety catch, integral trigger unit, long extractor, 'Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf A/N' 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. Hard rubber floral pattern grips. Typical German proof marks. Lanyard ring. Holster stock (numbered to gun).

Techniques

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

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength10.1in.
OverallLength257mm
OverallWeight1.1kg
OverallWeight2.42lb
BarrelLength3.94in.
BarrelLength100mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 29309

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
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A/N
Nock's form
Stamping