Object Title

Centrefire automatic pistol - Mauser C96 Model 712 Schnellfeuer

Centrefire automatic pistol - Mauser C96 Model 712 Schnellfeuer

Date

about 1935

Object Number

PR.7524

Provenance

Made by Mauser c1935 Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room (date unknown) Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

Chinese contract Mauser M712 (C96) machine pistol with standard size frame and barrel length, with detachable 20 round magazine. Typical features including small ring-shaped hammer without outer ring, wedge-shaped selector switch marked 'N' and 'R' for 'Normalfeuer' and 'Reihenfeuer' (serial fire), stepped profile barrel, shallow milled panels in frame, rear sight graduated 50-1000 (metres), later firing pin retainer, 4th or 'Universal' type safety catch, integral trigger unit, later short extractor, 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking, 'WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A NECKAR D.R.P.u.A.P.' on right hand side frame, and Mauser barrel/banner logo on LHS rear milled panel, plus Chinese characters on LHS forward frame. Rust-blued frame, barrel/barrel extension, extractor, rear sight and trigger. Internal parts and the hammer are case-hardened. 12 groove wooden grips.Typical German proof marks. Lanyard ring. With appropriate (but not original to the gun, as it does not lock into place) holster stock, fitted with leather sling.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength11.9in.
OverallLength303mm
OverallWeight1.32kg
OverallWeight2.91lb
BarrelLength5.6in.
BarrelLength142mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 54674

Calibre

7.63 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Selector markings
'N' and 'R' for 'Normal' and 'Reihenfeuer' (semi and full auto)
Frame, left side
Stamping
Maker's mark
Chinese characters roughly translated as 'Made in Germany'
Frame, left side
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
Letters 'e' and 'o' plus unidentified mark
Underside barrel
Stamping
Maker's mark
Mauser 'tonne' logo
Frame, left side
Stamping
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A NECKAR D.R.P.u.A.P.
Frame, right side
Stamping
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF AN
Nock's form
Stamping