SOLD FOR: $2600
Serial Number: 874072
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1931-1934
Caliber: 7.63x25mm (.30 Mauser)
Action Type: Single Action Semi–Auto with Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel at the chamber is marked “WAFFENFABRIK / MAUSER / OBERNDORF A/N”, the left shoulder with with a crowned “U”, the left side “874072”. The right side of the frame is marked “WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER / OBERNDORF A NECKAR / D.R.P.u.A.P.”, the left has a Mauser banner logo. The flat on the underside of the barrel has inspection marks. The bottom of the barrel has Birmingham proof marks. The left of the magazine well is engraved with the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom.
Barrel Length: 5 1/4”
Sights / Optics: The pistol is mounted with a “V” notch 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 barrel.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece serrated wood panels. The grips have minor handling wear with only a few light marks. The serrations are well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Fine-plus condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued & Some Parts Polished Bright
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is gray. The rifling is worn, but visible. There is scattered light-moderate erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 98% of its current metal finish. There are a few scattered minor marks and minor operational wear. The screw head is lightly tool marked with a strong slot. The markings are clear. Overall, this pistol appear in Excellent condition and rates Fine due to the bore condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The barrel extension has barely perceptible play to the frame. 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, and this is a fairly late-production Model 1930, an updated design of the original C96 made in the inter-war years. Chambered for .30 Mauser, this would be a good candidate for restoration if you’re looking for a shooter and with its new finish, it looks quite good for display. The frame has been engraved with the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom and the barrel has British proof marks, making this a nice addition to a collection for those who collect Mausers or British firearms. Please see our photos and good luck!