Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96 Bolo

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96 Bolo

Date

1905

Object Number

PR.7518

Provenance

Made by Mauser, 1905. Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room (date unknown) Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

Typical period features including small ring-shaped hammer, standard rear sight marked 50-1000, shallow milled panels in frame, later firing pin retainer, second pattern safety catch, integral trigger unit, long extractor, and 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking. With matching wooden holster-stock. Typical rust-blued finish on frame and barrel/barrel extension, extractor, rear sight and trigger ‘fire blued’, internal parts and the hammer case-hardened. 31-groove walnut grips. Standard German proofs.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing, Case hardening

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength10.1in.
OverallLength257mm
OverallWeight1.07kg
OverallWeight2.36lb
BarrelLength3.94in.
BarrelLength100mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 40843

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