SOLD FOR: $2025
Serial Number: 901959
Year of Manufacture: 1934-1938
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” and the left shoulder with with a crowned “U”. The top-rear of the bolt has a crowned “U”. The top-rear of the barrel extension is marked “901959” behind the rear sight. 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 top-front of the frame, in front of the magazine well, is marked “1959”, found again on the inside of the floorplate. The flat on the underside of the barrel has inspection marks. The bottom of the barrel is import-marked “CAI ST ALB VT / 9.63 GERMANY”.
Barrel Length: 5 1/2”
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
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is dark gray. The rifling is worn, but visible. There is scattered light-moderate erosion in the bore, heaviest in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 97% of its current metal finish. The finish is generally strong throughout with light operational wear and a few scattered minor marks. There is erosion under the finish scattered throughout. The screw head is sharp. The markings range from clear to worn, but legible. Overall, this pistol is in Good-Very Good condition as refinished.
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. Please see our photos and good luck!