Object Title

Centrefire automatic pistol - Mauser C96 Schnellfeuer fully-automatic prototype

Centrefire automatic pistol - Mauser C96 Schnellfeuer fully-automatic prototype

Date

1926

Object Number

PR.10739

Provenance

Made by Mauser in 1896 Owned by Sam Cummings, Monte Carlo, dates unknown Loaned to MoD Pattern Room date 1996 Transferred with MoD Pattern Room gift in 2005

Physical Description

10-shot experimental Mauser C96 pistol with experimental fully automatic mechanism, built on a 'Bolo' size frame and barrel, with standard rear sight marked 50-1000. Typical period features including small ring-shaped hammer, deeply milled panels in frame, later firing pin retainer, NS type safety catch, integral trigger unit, short extractor, and 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking. With matching wooden holster-stock furnished with leather strap. Typical rust-blued finish on frame and barrel/barrel extension, extractor, rear sight and trigger ‘fire blued’, internal parts and the hammer case-hardened. 22-groove walnut grips. No proof marks.

Mechanism is a rare early form based upon Fidel Fedeerle's original patent (submitted June 17 1921) for a selective-fire pistol, but with the addition of a pivoting selector switch on the right hand side (i.e. opposite to production Schnellfeuers).

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

model designation
'Konstr.' over Mauser barrel logo over '4.10.26'.
Frame, left hand side milled panel
Stamping
Selector marking
Lower (rear) position marked 'E' for Einzelfeuer (single fire), upper (front) position marked 'R' for Reihenfeuer (series fire)
Frame, right hand side
Stamping