Object Title

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

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

Date

c1917

Object Number

PR.7519

Provenance

Made by Mauser c1917 Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room (date unknown) Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

Typical features including small ring-shaped hammer, shallow milled panels in frame, rear sight graduated 50-500 (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. Prussian eagle on magazine housing indicting acceptance by a Prussian unit of the Imperial German army. 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. Wooden holster-stock.

Techniques

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

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength11.6in.
OverallLength295mm
OverallWeight1.12kg
OverallWeight2.47lb
BarrelLength5.5in.
BarrelLength140mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 17510

Calibre

9 x 19 mm Parabellum

Inscriptions and Marks

Unknown
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
Acceptance marks
Prussian eagle acceptance mark
Front of grip frame on magazine
Stamping
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF NECKAR
Nock's form
Stamping