Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Date

1898

Object Number

PR.12252

Provenance

Made by Mauser in 1898 Acquired by the MoD Pattern Room (date unknown) Gifted with MoD Pattern Room collection, 2005.

Physical Description

Typical features including large ring-shaped hammer, deeply milled panels in frame, rear sight graduated 50-1000 (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.

Techniques

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing, Case hardening

Materials

Dimensions

BarrelLength5.5in
BarrelLength140mm
OverallLength295mm
OverallWeight1.12kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 13384

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