Sold For: $2,025
Serial Number: 368663
Year of Manufacture: 1915-1921
Caliber: 7.63mm Mauser
Action Type: Single Action Semi–Auto with Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel extension’s chamber ring is marked “WAFFENFABRIK / MAUSER / OBERNDORF A/N”, the left shoulder is marked “368663” and the left has a crowned “U”. The bottom of the barrel has inspection markings. The right of the frame has “WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER / OBERNDORF A. NECKAR”. The top of the bolt stop is marked “663”. The top of the bolt at the rear is marked with a crowned “U” and “663”. The bottom of the bolt locking block is marked “8663” and the side of the sear disconnect is marked “663”. The rear face of the frame and the rear face of the lock frame are each marked “368663”. The rear of the hammer has “”663” and “NS” monogram. The top of the magazine floorplate is marked “663”. The inside of each grip panel is marked “663”.
Barrel Length: 5 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The rear sight is a “V” notched rear sliding elevator sight with markings from “50-1000” that is pinned to the barrel extension. The front sight is a blade fixed to the front of the barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece serrated walnut panels. The grips have light handling wear with some scattered light nicks, scratches and spots of discoloration. There are no chips or cracks. The serrations are mostly well defined, the bottom couple of serrations are shallow on the left panel. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi-bright with well defined rifling. There is light erosion scattered through the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 75% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. The barrel has finish wear along the bottom and there is handling wear in the grip straps. There are scattered light nicks and scratches with infrequent spots of minor surface oxidation. There are a couple of small patches of minor surface erosion on the barrel at the top-front and the top-right toward the rear. The screw head is tool marked with a strong slot. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is crisp. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Broomhandle Model 1896 Mauser is certainly an interesting looking firearm. Its features are very distinctive with its tangent rear sight, forward magazine, grasping tabs for the bolt and ring hammer. In addition to being used in the Great War, popularized in Soviet films as the iconic weapon of the Russian revolution and civil war, it was also used as a basis for futuristic weapons like the blaster used by Han Solo in Star Wars. This pistol was made around 1915-1921 with the new safety hammer. It shows honest wear consistent with its age. The numbered parts match including its grips. The bore is decent for a gun of its age. The mechanics are still strong. This will make for a nice shooter or collector piece. Please see our photos and good luck!
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible pistol CAN be transferred in California and CAN be sold to a California resident as a private party transaction (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley. All cartridge firing handguns (even C&R’s and antiques) sold to a California resident must be DROS’d. This does not apply to out of state buyers.