Object Title

Centrefire automatic pistol - Mauser C96 Model 712 Schnellfeuer Chinese copy

Centrefire automatic pistol - Mauser C96 Model 712 Schnellfeuer Chinese copy

Date

about 1938

Object Number

PR.8647

Provenance

Made in China c1938 Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room (date unknown) Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

Chinese copy of the Mauser M712 (C96) machine pistol. Approximately standard size frame and barrel length, with detachable 10 round magazine. 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. Spurious markings. Inferior attempt at overall rust blueing, though appearance is closer to browning. 12 groove wooden grips. Lanyard ring.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength7.4in
BarrelLength188mm
OverallLength300mm
OverallWeight1.29kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 231

Calibre

0.3 in

Inscriptions and Marks

Selector markings
'N' and 'R' for 'Normal' and 'Reihenfeuer' (semi and full auto)
Frame, left side
Stamping
Maker's mark
'PISTOL' inside impression of Mauser 'tonne' logo
Frame, left side
Stamping
Maker's mark
'SONG.'
Nock's form
Stamping
Maker's mark
Chinese characters roughly translated as 'Made in Germany' (it wasn't).
Frame, left side
Stamping
Maker's mark
Manufactured by the Third Battel Area Arms Repair Department
Frame, right side
Stamping
Maker's mark
Spurious 'WAUSER' tonne logo
Magazine floorplate
Engraving

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