SOLD FOR: $2575
Make: Mauser (refurbished by Federal Ordnance)
Serial Number: 835212
Year of Manufacture: Ca. 1930-1932
Caliber: This pistol was converted to 9mm Luger by Federal Ordnance
Action Type: Single Action Semi –Auto with Internal Magazine
Barrel Length: 5 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 serrated wood. The grips have only a few scattered minor 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 are infrequent spots of minor erosion. There is a seam visible in front of the chamber, indicating that the caliber conversion involved threading in a new bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates 9 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 97% of its current metal finish. The new finish is generally strong throughout. The exposed surfaces show scattered light erosion under the finish, mostly on the frame. There is some more severe erosion on the frame under and around the grip panels. The markings are generally clear, some have been re-cut. The screw head is tool marked with a strong slot. Overall, this pistol is in Fine 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: This pistol comes with a total of two 10-round stripper clips. The clips are marked for use with 7.62×25, but do hold 9mm cartridges properly.
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 M30 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!
Please forgive any typos, I was educated in California. -Bud