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The Mauser C96 (Construktion 96) is a semi-automatic pistol that was originally produced by German arms manufacturer Mauser from 1896 to 1937. Unlicensed copies of the gun were also manufactured in Spain and China in the first half of the 20th century.
The distinctive characteristics of the C96 are the integral box magazine in front of the trigger, the long barrel, the wooden shoulder stock which gives it the stability of a short-barreled rifle and doubles as a holster or carrying case, and a unique 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" (Chinese: 盒子炮; pinyin: hézipào) because of its rectangular internal magazine and the fact it could be holstered in its wooden box-like detachable stock.
With its long barrel and high-velocity cartridge, the Mauser C96 had superior range and better penetration than most other pistols; the 7.63×25mm Mauser cartridge was the highest velocity commercially manufactured pistol cartridge until the advent of the .357 Magnum cartridge in 1935.
Mauser manufactured approximately 1 million C96 pistols, while the number produced in Spain and China was large but unknown due to the loss, non-existence or poor preservation of production records from those countries.
For grabs is a great condition C96 Broomhandle - authentic Mauser - 1912 prewar commercial.
Chambered in 7.63 Mauser, all numbers matching. Great condition for its age, wear and loss of patina, albeit no real corrosion or pitting externally.
Only downsides are an import mark and the bore can...
I'm looking for a C96 Broomhandle Mauser and can either do cash or trade
I would like a 9x19 version or a wartime commercial but I'd certainly look at other versions. I'd like one with a stock or any accessories. I'd also be interested in a Chinese copy in 45.