Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Date

1898

Object Number

PR.10769

Provenance

Made by Mauser in 1898. Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005

Physical Description

Standard 10-shot commercial 'large ring hammer' Mauser C96 pistol with standard size frame and barrel length. Typical early features including large ring hammer, deeply milled panels in frame, rear sight graduated 50-500 (yards), 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. Synthetic (hard rubber) chequered grips with Mauser monogram.Typical German proof marks. Fitted with original lanyard ring and later collection tag on modern split-ring.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing, Case hardening, Casting

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength5.5 in
BarrelLength140 mm
OverallLength295 mm
OverallWeight1.32 kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 54670

Calibre

7.63 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

rack number
'877' inscribed twice.
Grip frame, front strap
Engraving
Maker's mark
'MADE FOR' over 'WESTLEY RICHARDS & Co Ld' over 'LONDON W.'
Right side frame centre milled panel
Engraving
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
Monogram 'WM' for Waffenfabrik Mauser.
Grip panels
Casting
Maker's mark
WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A/N
Nock's form
Stamping