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C96 Broomhandle Mauser questions...

Discussion in 'Handgun Discussion' started by pirateer2007, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. pirateer2007

    pirateer2007 Spokane Wa Member

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    I just acquired one and had some questions about it if there are any gurus out there.
    If you know them, please send ne a PM.
    Thanks!
    -Adam
     
  2. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    I've got one but I'm a moron and know very little about them other than they're a PITA to take apart or get cheap parts for.

    Contact madcratebuilder if he doesn't chime in though, he has one, and knows his stuff.
     
  3. RVTECH

    RVTECH LaPine Well-Known Member

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    The 2003 edition of the Shooter's Bible has an excellent article about the Broomhandles. I have always been 'kind of' interested in them since I passed up buying one about 20 years ago. If the 'net does not provide enough information to keep you busy let me know and I can make you a copy of the article and send it to you.
     
  4. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    I own quite a few of these wonderful little works! Please do not take it all apart until you do a little research! You can put the rocker coupling in backwards and it will lock the entire gun up, and make it a solid hunk of steel! But there is a way to unlock it. I did it, twice.......

    I have hi rez scans of how to do it, but I am on my phone so cant upload now.
     
  5. pirateer2007

    pirateer2007 Spokane Wa Member

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    Very cool. This is what I have:

    Mauser Broomhandle
    Cal. 7.63 Ger (7.63x25)
    3.9 " barrel
    12-groove wood grips
    Adjustable 50-1000 meter rear sight

    Upper slide assembly appears to be "Late Post-War Bolo"
    Slide assembly ser # 637xxx

    Lower frame appears to be a "6-Shot Bolo
    Frame ser # 35xxx

    Waffenfabrik Mauser
    Oberndorf A Neckar

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    a1po9f.jpg

    118lhkg.jpg

    My questions are these:
    1) being of two different models, is it ok to fire?
    2) what is a fair value?
     
  6. coosbaycreep

    coosbaycreep 9 miles South of Roseburg Active Member

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    You need to take it apart and check the bolt stop and the metal on the upper where the bolt stop fits first before you fire it. If that fails, the bolt can come back and hit you in the face. Parts for the safety were changed a few times over the production run too IIRC, and if those are mismatched, that could make it fire when you put if on safe IIRC. There's several websites that tell what to check for on these guns and how to strip them. Internet Explorer won't let me copy and paste for some reason or I'd post a link.

    Being mismatched, it might be one of the chinese imports, which should be checked out even better before you fire it. The chinese supposedly used homemade replacement parts at times that are of poor metallurgy, and also sometimes serial numbered them to the gun which makes it harder to tell if the gun is safe or not. I have one of the bolos that was imported from china in pretty rough shape with non-matching numbers. I paid $500 for it on gunbroker (not counting transfer, BGC, etc). Non-matching C96 bolos without the stock in shootable condition usually go $450-$650 from what I've seen.

    If you just strip it down far enough to check the bolt stop, you don't have to worry about the coupling. If you replace the mainspring though, then you'll have to dissasemble it far enough to worry about that. I just marked mine with a sharpie and looked at the pic a LOT before I put it back together to make sure I had it in correctly.

    Springs should be replaced if you plan on shooting it much. Wolff sells springs for it, but it doesn't include the mainspring. I ended up buying that from sarco. Numrich has some parts for these too, and that's were I got stripper clips for it, which you'll also need unless you plan on using it as a single shot or loading from the bottom and removing the magazine base plate every time.

    Mine had feeding issues until I replaced the mag spring. I haven't shot it much since then, but it seems pretty reliable with light loads and is more accurate than I figured it'd be with it's shot out barrel.
     
  7. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    This site well tell you all you need to know about the C96.

    C96 Broomhandle Mauser

    DO NOT use 7.62x25 Tokarev ammo. It well break parts. While there is 7.62X25 ammo that is suitable, do your research before use it.

    Pre war commerical
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  8. HollisOR

    HollisOR Rural OR, South of Dallas Active Member

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    The only screw is the one that holds the grips on. They are like a Chinese puzzle, actually once you have figured it out, very simple to strip down. One of the few pistols I miss. Was broke at the time and the person offered big $$ for it.
     
  9. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    +1

    The machine work is fantastic. If one was manufactured today I bet it would cost 4-5K
     
  10. pirateer2007

    pirateer2007 Spokane Wa Member

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    I took it to a local gunsmith. He looked it over and gave it a good bill of health. Now it looks like I may need to sell it though as work is very spotty. Anyone have an idea of a fair asking price?
     
  11. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    A shooter grade blister runs $400-500.
     
  12. pirateer2007

    pirateer2007 Spokane Wa Member

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    Oooo.... Bummer. I'm into it almost $600. I might just keep it then. Thanks MCB!!!
     
  13. Blitzkrieg

    Blitzkrieg WA Well-Known Member

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    Second the comment about Tok ammo.. a VERY bad idea to shoot it thru a broomhandle
     
  14. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Ardenwald, OR Well-Known Member

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    Look at the 'completed" auctions on Gunbroker. A surprising number of C96's sell there. # matched, original finish guns can run high dollar. Reblued parts guns not so much.

    Yours has a nice finish, barrels in these tend to be shot out so if the barrel is in really good shape you may get your money back.