Mauser C96 7.63 x 25mm pistol

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Overview

 The Mauser C96 (Construktion 96) is a semi automatic pistol that was originally produced by German arms manufacturer Mauser from 1896 to 1937.

The distinctive look of the C96 is created by a combination of the integral box magazine in front of the trigger, the long barrel, the wooden shoulder stock that can double as a holster or carrying case and the grip shaped like the handle of a broom. The grip earned the gun the nickname ‘Broomhandle’ in the English-speaking world because of its round wooden handle and in China the C96 was nicknamed the ‘box cannon’ as it could be holstered in its box-like detachable stock.

It was used by the Latvian anarchist Peter Piaktow in 1911 and was therefore known as a ‘Peter the Painter’ gun by the IRA, who acquired a number of examples.

The Mauser C96, with its shoulder stock, long barrel and high velocity cartridge had superior range and better penetration than most other pistols. The 7.63 x 25mm Mauser cartridge was the highest velocity commercially manufactured pistol cartridge until the advent of the .357 Magnum cartridge in 1935.

Approximately 1 million C96 pistols were manufactured by Mauser with the numbers produced in Spain and China being substantial but unknown.

Mauser supplied C96s to London gun dealers Westley Richards in the UK as they were extremely popular with British officers at the time. Notable owners of these pistols included Winston Churchill, who was fond of the Mauser C96 and used one at the Battle of Omdurman and during the Second Boer war. Similarly, T.E. Lawrence (of Arabia) carried a C96 for a period during his time in the Middle East.

 As a military sidearm, the pistols saw service in various colonial wars as well as WWI, Estonian War of Independence, the Spanish Civil War, the Chinese Civil War and WWII. The C96 became a staple of Bolshevik Commissars and various warlords and gang leaders in the Russian Civil War.

In addition to the original calibre of 7.63 x 25mm, C96 pistols were also commonly chambered for 9 x 19mm Parabellum. Despite the pistols considerable popularity and fame, the only nation to use it as a service pistol for its military and police was China.

The Broomhandle Mauser has become a popular collectors gun, in part because there are so many variants and commercial contract types.

The C96 frequently appears as a ‘foreign’ or ‘exotic’ pistol in a number of films and TV shows, owing to its distinctive and instantly recognisable shape. A Mauser C96 was used by ‘The Man From Uncle” TV series with Robert Vaughan and David MaCallum in the mid 1960s and again a C96 was later modified to form Hans Solos prop blaster pistol for the film “Star Wars”.

Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for use with many armies in numerous campaigns from the Boer War to the present day.

Foxtrot example shown is a Mauser C96 pistol chambered in 7.63 x 25, fitted with wood grips, a lanyard ring and it is in a blued finish.