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 by MoD Pattern Room 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

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing, Case hardening

Materials

Dimensions

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

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 540 (In 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