Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Date

1897

Object Number

PR.11417

Provenance

Gifted with the Pattern Room by the Ministry of Defence, August 2005 Transferred to the Ministry of Defence Pattern Room via the National Museums Consortium from the Home Office Firearms Amnesty 1996 Made by Mauser in 1897.

Physical Description

Standard 10-shot commercial 'conehammer' Mauser C96 pistol with standard size frame and barrel length. Typical early features including cone-shaped hammer, deeply milled panels in frame, rear sight graduated 1-10 (100 - 1000m), 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.Typical German proof marks.

Techniques

Machining, Bluing, Case hardening, Filing, Forging

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength5.5 in
BarrelLength140 mm
OverallLength295 mm
OverallWeight1.12 kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 4528

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
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