Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Date

1897

Object Number

PR.9582

Provenance

Made by Mauser in 1897. Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005

Physical Description

Typical early features including cone-shaped hammer, deeply milled panels in frame, rear sight graduated 1-10 (100 - 1000m) in Turkish numerals, early firing pin retainer, 1st type safety catch, separate trigger unit, long extractor, and 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking. Typical rust-blued finish on frame and barrel/barrel extension, extractor and rear sight ‘fire blued’, trigger 'strawed’, internal parts and the hammer case-hardened. 23-groove walnut grips. Star proof marks on barrel extension.

Techniques

Bluing, Filing, Case hardening, Forging, Machining

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength11.73 inches
OverallLength298 mm
OverallWeight1.125 kg
OverallWeight2.48 lb
BarrelLength5.47 inches
BarrelLength139 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 540 (Arabic)

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
Owner's mark
Owner's name 'K. WILLING-DENTON'.
Right side frame milled panel
Stamping
Proof mark
Six-pointed star
Left side barrel extension
Stamping
Ownership mark
Sultan's Tugra over Arabic date 1314 (1896)
Left side frame milled panel
Engraving
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A/N
Nock's form
Stamping