Object Title

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Centrefire self-loading pistol - Mauser C96

Date

1898

Object Number

XII.10246

Provenance

Made by Mauser in 1898. Retailed by Watson Brothers, New Bond Street, London. Gifted to MoD by UK police, 1996. Gifted by MoD Pattern Room 2005.

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, early firing pin retainer, 1st type safety catch, separate trigger unit, long extractor, and 'Waffenfabrik Mauser' nock's form marking. With wooden holster-stock has been carved with 'R.S. Fusiliers, Boer War, 1899-1900-01-02' set around a South African Republic coin. 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

Forging, Filing, Machining, Bluing, Case hardening

Materials

Dimensions

OverallLength11.6in.
OverallLength295mm
OverallWeight1.11kg
OverallWeight2.46lb
BarrelLength5.5in.
BarrelLength140mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 13627

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