Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96 sectioned

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96 sectioned

Date

1896

Object Number

PR.11319

Provenance

Gifted by MoD 2005 Gifted to MoD Pattern Room by Forensic Science Service date unknown

Physical Description

10-shot 'conehammer' Mauser C96 pistol with standard size frame and barrel length but with early features including the complex insert trigger mechanism, 'cone' hammer and 1st type safety of the 'pre-war commercial' pattern pistols, and pre-production features shared with the original prototypes including a lack of barrel extension reinforcement, early form of stepped barrel, chequered grips, and fixed rear sight. The usual slot cut in the grip frame for attachment of a holster-stock is absent. The upper flat in front of the sight bears the very early markings 'RÜCKLAUF-PISTOLE' over 'SYSTEM MAUSER', over 'OBERNDORF a NECKAR', with the date '1896' to one side, possibly applied later. An original split ring is fitted to the lanyard ring, onto which is fastened a modern split ring with brass tag marked '5109'. This is likely a rack number applied by the Forensic Science Service.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength5.5in
BarrelLength140mm
OverallLength295mm
OverallWeight1.14kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 77831

Calibre

7.63 x 25 mm Mauser

Inscriptions and Marks

Designation
'RÜCKLAUF-PISTOLE' over 'SYSTEM MAUSER' (rendered larger), over 'OBERNDORF a NECKAR' (smaller again), with the date '1896' to one side, possibly applied later.
Barrel extension
Stamping
rack number
'S25' crudely engraved into the original finish. Likely a rack number applied by the Forensic Science Service.
Magazine floorplate
Engraving
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.
Bolt handle
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