Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Object Number

PR.11759

Provenance

Made by Mauser in 1898. Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room, 1996. Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

Typical features including large ring-shaped hammer, deeply milled panels in frame, rear sight graduated 50-500 (metres), later firing pin retainer, 1st type safety catch, integral trigger unit, long extractor, 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking and 'WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF A NECKAR' on right hand side frame. Typical rust-blued finish on frame and barrel/barrel extension, extractor, rear sight and trigger ‘fire blued’, internal parts and the hammer case-hardened. Wooden grips with 23 grooves.Typical German proof marks. Original lanyard ring. Wooden stock-holster.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing, Case hardening

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength11.6in.
OverallLength295mm
OverallWeight1.125kg
OverallWeight2.755lb
BarrelLength5.5in.
BarrelLength140mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 13054

Calibre

7.63 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Unknown
'A550'
Right side grip panel
Stamping
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