The Mauser C96 (Construktion 96) is a semi-automatic pistol that was originally produced by .. Also known as the M30 by collectors, it was a simplification and improvement of the M Mauser began production of the Schnellfeuer (rapid fire), their own select-fire, . The Broomhandle Mauser is a popular collector’s gun. : Know Your Broomhandle Mausers. : Know Your Broomhandle Mausers () by Robert J. Berger and a great selection of similar New, Used and Collectible Books.
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Sometimes the affairs of nations, and indeed the world, can turn on the most curious details. In October ofan English cavalry officer was posted to Bombay, India. While disembarking from the boat that knoe borne him to his new posting, the young man badly wrenched his shoulder. This injury never fully healed. Where previously he had been one of the most adroit polo players in his regiment, from that point forward he was forced to play the game with his arm strapped securely to his side.
He settled on an odd-looking handgun imported from Germany and purchased it for use on his subsequent military forays. The young officer found himself under fire for the first time in Cuba on his 21st birthday.
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After numerous subsequent martial encounters within various English-held territories, the officer was posted to the army of General Konw Herbert Kitchener in the Sudan. The general deployed his men near the Sudanese village of Kerreri, about 11 kilometers north of Omdurman.
This battlefield is located outside the modern-day city of Khartoum in the central Sudan. Kitchener was supported by organic artillery and a flotilla of 12 British gunboats moored nearby in the N ile River. Arrayed against these 25, Commonwealth troops was more than twice their number of Islamic fighters. These warriors were also more commonly known as Dervishes, and their broomhandl was the stuff of legend. The British enjoyed the advantage in artillery, modern broomhzndle and machine guns but were still outnumbered two-to-one.
In the resulting melee, the 21st Lancers, a British light cavalry regiment, advanced to clear the plain. Four hundred British cavalrymen were subsequently surrounded by more than 2, Islamic infantrymen who had waited in concealment until the British were committed.
After a engagement that involved one of the last cavalry charges delivered by the British Army, the Dervishes were repelled. In the midst of this battle, young Cavalry Lieutenant Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill killed or wounded three Dervishes at contact range with the Mauser C96 pistol his mother had purchased for him in that Birmingham gun shop.
Forty-two years later, when Great Britain was engulfed in WWII, it was the force of a single personality that galvanized the British people to resist against all odds. Without the unsinkable aircraft carrier that was England, the Allies likely could not have launched the D-Day invasion that ultimately pushed the Wehrmacht back to Germany.
And had it not been for that unexpected injury and the subsequent purchase of a Mauser C96 pistol, the Battle of Omdurman might have gone very differently for Winston Churchill. Immortalized in movies ranging from The Rocketeer to Star Warsthe characteristic front-heavy architecture lends the gun a distinctive and rakish, almost literary, style.
Foreign-made copies are literally innumerable. The recoil-operated C96 featured a tilting-lock breech. The center of gravity was unnaturally far forward, and recoil with the snappy 7. Most of the originals carried 10 rounds loaded into an integral magazine from the top via strippers.
Some variants incorporated a removable box magazine of and jnow capacities. The Model was a select-fire version.
The rear sight was adjustable out to 1, meters. Copies were produced, under license and illegally, in countries ranging from Spain to China. Chinese warlords of years past were particularly taken with the Mauser pistol. They bought or built tens of thousands masuers them. While the gun was used in several variations, the most common included a dual-purpose shoulder stock that doubled as a holster.
Of course, care must be exercised when running the gun with the stock or the hammer will give your thumb a nasty bite. Taking up about the same space as a standard 9mm Parabellum round, the 7.
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This was the fastest commercial handgun cartridge in the world until the advent of the. The case dimensions were nearly identical to those of the ComBloc 7. In fact, German 7. The gun was also eventually chambered for the 9mm Parabellum and even the. It regulates items such as machine guns, sound suppressors, and short-barreled rifles and shotguns.
The mausets are convoluted but relatively intuitive. Slap a shoulder stock on an otherwise unregistered firearm with a barrel length less than 16 inches and you have an instant felony. Fit a stock on a handgun and expect the same result. However, there are always exceptions. nroomhandle
Though the Broomhansle C96 is indeed a pistol with a detachable shoulder stock, it has been specifically removed from the purview of the NFA and transfers like any other boromhandle handgun. This allows us American gun aficionados to own a C96 and its shoulder stock without much legal fuss. Original stock-equipped Luger P08 pistols fall into the same category. World War I ended brooomhandle the signing of the Treaty of Versailles in As thousands of military firearms had come back from the battlefields in the possession of German veterans, the German Weimar government established an amnesty program in The serial number on this particular C96 indicates wartime production with a probable date of combat use sometime inand it has been amnesty stamped.
Now hold that thought. Inthe U. A young man, his identity lost to history, presented at a diner in Anderson, Ind. The gentleman had no money, but he did have a German pistol he offered in barter. That C96, with its original shoulder stock, passed down from the cook to his granddaughter. I purchased the gun directly from her a few years ago.
According to its markings, this gun had to have been in Germany and surrendered to the Weimar government in The affairs of nations can indeed turn on some of the most curious details. The author would like to thank WorldWarSupply. Skip to content Gun Giveaway: Immortalized in movies ranging from The Rocketeer tour Star Wars, the characteristic musers architecture lends the gun a distinctive and rakish, almost literary, style.
Mauser C96 The rear sight on the standard Mauser C96 was rather optimistically marked for shooting out to 1, meters. Mauser C96 The Mauser C96 is one of the most iconic handguns ever to serve in battle. Mauser C96 With the hinged buttplate pivoted open, the wooden shoulder stock doubled as a holster. A small piece of spring steel kept the gun from rattling. Mauser C96 Most, but not all, C96 pistols jnow lightening cuts roughly milled into their sides.
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