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pistol, automatic

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  • Other titles
    Mauser Military Model C 1896 semi-automatic pistol (descriptive name)
  • Description
    Mauser Military Model C96 semi-automatic pistol with shoulder stock/holster
    semi-automatic: Mauser Model C96; 7.63mm calibre; leaf sights; captive magazine; wooden pistol grips lanyard ring at heel; action at fault;
    missing: firing pin and spring; holster missing leather fittings
    accessories: wooden holster which can be used as a buttstock, has locking dovetail which slides into groove in pistol grip; 9 round strip of clip, drilled, unstruck
    serial number on left rear of barrel and on back rear of body, twice: 340321
    on back of hammer, rear of trigger and cocking piece: 321
    on locking device at right rear top of body: 982
    maker's details on right hand rear of body: WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER / OBERNDORF A. NECKAR
    on top of barrel: WAFFENFABRIK / MAUSER / OBERNDORF [broad arrow]
    on rounds: REM-UMC; 30CAL
    on top strap of wooden butt/holster: 723
    manufacturer Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf A. Neckar, c.1900. (German)
  • Place
  • Other Number
    113417, 3625, 1943.16, W1554, W0997
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pistol, automatic, 1943.16, W0997, 113417, 3625, W1554, Photographed by Richard NG, digital, 17 Jan 2017, © Auckland Museum CC BY
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  • Credit
    Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1943.16, W0997, W1554
  • Notes
    Mauser Model C 1896 semi-automatic pistol
    manufacturer Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf A. Neckar, c.1900. (German)
    The Construktion 96 Mauser was also known as the broomhandle on account of the shape of the grip.
    Provenance not known, but possible Anglo Boer War associations, or WW1
    reference: Boothroyd, p393; Smith, p168
  • Event
    • 1914-1918
      28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918
    • Anglo Boer War (South African) 1899-1902
  • Place
  • Date
    • 1899-1902
      1 January 1899 to 31 December 1902
    • 1914-1918
      1 January 1914 to 31 December 1918
  • Production
    Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf (maker)
    Anglo-Boer War
  • Signature/marks
    340321  (firearm serial number)
  • Consists of
    steel, wood, leather
  • Dimensions
    • .1 - pistol height : 130mm
    • .1 - pistol length : 300mm
      (overall length: 300mm height: 160mm barrel: 139mm)
    • .1 - pistol width : 30mm
    • .2 - holster depth : 50mm
    • .2 - holster length : 345mm
    • .1 - pistol length : 139mm
    • .2 - holster width : 105mm
  • Classification
  • Record created
    5 January 2015

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