SOLD FOR: $1745
Make: Mauser (refurbished by Federal Ordnance)
Model: 1896 Post-War Bolo
Serial Number: 447604
Year of Manufacture: 1921-1923
Caliber: This pistol was converted to 9mm Luger by Federal Ordnance
Action Type: Single Action Semi –Auto with Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the barrel chamber is marked “WAFFENFABRIK / MAUSER / OBERNDORF A/N”, the left with a crowned “U” and the left shoulder with “447604”. The bolt locking block is marked “7207”. The magazine floorplate is marked “2758”. The right side of the frame is marked “WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER / OBERNDORF A NECKAR / D.R.P.u.A.P.”, the rear of the frame is marked “447604”. The rear face of the hammer is marked with a script “NS” (New Safety) and “613”. The bottom of the barrel is marked “REFURBISHED BY FED ORD INC. – S.E.M. CA USA”. The left of the barrel is marked “9mm Parabellum” in German script.
Barrel Length: 4 1/2″
Sights / Optics: The pistol is mounted with 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 smooth wood. The grips have no notable wear or damage, only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. The grips are generally proud to the frame. Overall, the grips are in Excellent condition as not original to the gun.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: Refurbished by Federal Ordnance
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is infrequent minor erosion and near the muzzle-end there are odd uneven spots which may be from the installation of the forward portion of the barrel. There is a seam barely visible in front of the chamber, indicating that the caliber conversion involved threading in a new bore.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 97% of its current metal finish. The new finish is generally strong throughout. The exposed surfaces show infrequent light erosion under the finish, mostly in the recessed panels on the sides of the frame. There is some more notable erosion on the magazine follower and severe erosion on the frame under the grip panels. The right of the bolt has some discoloration. The markings are generally clear, some have been re-cut. The screw head is sharp. Overall, this pistol is in Very Good-plus condition as refurbished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 the most distinctive of any other pistol. In addition to being popularized in Soviet films as the iconic weapon of the Russian revolution and civil war, it was even used as a basis for futuristic weapons like the blaster used by Han Solo in Star Wars. This pistol is a Post-War Bolo which was refurbished and converted for use with 9mm by Federal Ordnance, likely in the 1980s. Their efforts have yielded a good looking pistol which is chambered for a more common caliber than the original 7.63 Mauser. This pistol should appeal to anyone who always wanted to own a Broomhandle, and for those who missed out on the Fed Ord pistols back in the ’80s. Please see our photos and good luck!