Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96 Bolo

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96 Bolo

Date

about 1900

Object Number

PR.10484

Provenance

Made by Mauser, about 1900. Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room (date unknown) Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

Typical period features including small ring-shaped hammer, standard rear sight marked 50-1000, shallow milled panels in frame, later firing pin retainer, second pattern safety catch, integral trigger unit, long extractor, and 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking. With matching wooden holster-stock. Typical rust-blued finish on frame and barrel/barrel extension, extractor, rear sight and trigger ‘fire blued’, internal parts and the hammer case-hardened. Ebonite grips. Standard German proofs. Wooden holster-stock.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing, Case hardening

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength3.9in
BarrelLength100mm
OverallLength260mm
OverallWeight1.095kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 29436

Calibre

7.63 x 25 mm Mauser

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
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
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A/N
Nock's form
Stamping