Mauser C96 C-96 Broomhandle Cone Hammer 7.63mm/.30 Semi Auto Pistol Antique

SOLD FOR: $5325

LSB#: 210918MW59

Make: Mauser

Model: 1896

Serial Number: 5111

Year of Manufacture: 1897-1898

Caliber: 7.63x25mm Mauser

Action Type: Single Action Semi–Auto with Internal Magazine

Markings: The rear of the frame is marked “5111” at the top of the backstrap. The serial number “5111” is also marked on the bottom of the lock frame, the right of the sear arm, the top of the bolt locking block, the rear face of the firing pin retaining plate, the rear face of the bolt under the plate, the flat on the top-rear of the firing pin, the top of the bolt stop, the bottom of the barrel extension’s bolt locking block lug (integral to the barrel extension), the left of the magazine follower, the top of the magazine floorplate and the bottom of the rear sight arm. The rear of the hammer has an incomplete serial marking, ending in “111”. The inside of each grip panel is stamped “5111”. In two locations the trigger assembly is marked “5111” inside the frame. Some parts have German inspection marks, most notable on the left of the barrel extension. The chamber ring is marked “WAFFENFABRIK / MAUSER / OBERNDORF A/N”.

Barrel Length: 5 1/2”

Sights / Optics: The rear sight is a “V” notched rear sliding elevator sight with markings from “1-10” 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 with 23 horizontal serrations each. The grips have some scattered light nicks, scratches and scuffs. The serrations are generally well defined. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in Very Good condition as refinished.

Type of Finish: Blued, some small parts Nickel

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is gray with well defined rifling. There is scattered light erosion and some light pitting in the bore.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 95% of its current metal finish. The new finish is generally strong throughout, though there is scattered light erosion and minor pitting under the finish. There is erosion and oxidation on the sides of the frame under the grips, concealed when assembled. There is more minor oxidation inside the frame with some erosion on the unfinished components of the lock assembly. There are some scattered light nicks and scratches, most under the finish. The action shows light operational wear. The screw head is tool marked with a strong slot. The markings range from clear to worn and incomplete. Overall, this pistol is in about Very Good condition as refinished.

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: This pistol comes in a wood stock/holster which we suspect is a reproduction, though its mounting bracket may be a refinished original. The stock holster has scattered light wear, but no chips or cracks.

Our Assessment: The Broomhandle Model 1896 Mauser is a pistol with a very distinctive appearance and a distinguished history. Early production of the 1896 saw a host of variations which make them a prime candidate for collectors. In addition to contracts for a number of different militaries, use in famous conflicts including The Great War, there were production changes throughout the first years which give the collector a number of different versions to find. This example was made in 1897 or 1898 and has early features including the pattern of milled panels on the sides of the frame, long, thin extractor, firing pin retained by a plate in the rear of the bolt, trigger mounted in an assembly separate from the frame, first-style safety, and “cone” hammer. The numbered parts match and the pistol retains strong mechanics. The pistol has been refinished, but its early features and matching numbered parts will still make is a great addition to a collection. It may even still prove to be a good shooter. Please see our photos and good luck!

Mauser C96 C-96 Broomhandle Cone Hammer 7.63mm/.30 Semi Auto Pistol Antique
Mauser C96 C-96 Broomhandle Cone Hammer 7.63mm/.30 Semi Auto Pistol Antique