The History behind the gun.
First developed in 1896, the C/96 broom-handle saw action in both World Wars. The long barrel, square magazine (located in front of the trigger) and broom-handle-shaped grip gave the C-96 its distinctive appearance and nickname.
While the C96 was not a "military-issue" weapon, individual military officers often purchased the C-96 as their personal side arm. Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) both fancied and carried C-96 pistols during their military service
Thanks to its distinctive size and shape, it has appeared as a "foreign" or "exotic" pistol in numerous TV shows and movies. You can see it in action in the Clint Eastwood western move, "Joe Kidd". Its most famous movie appearance, though, was in the guise of a futuristic space weapon. The Mauser C-96 was the model for Han Solo's "blaster" in the original trilogy of "Star Wars" movies.
Because relatively few C96s were made compared to most well-known pistol models, they bring a premium on the collector market, and this unique weapon is a great addition to any collection of Twentieth Century, WWI or WWII weapons! Fortunately, you can own our authentic, non-firing replica with the heft and feel of the real thing--without the hefty price tag of an original.
HISTORY: The 7.63x25mm--the Mauser cartridge used in the original C/96 models--was the highest velocity commercial pistol cartridge available, prior to the development of the .357 magnum. The combination of its longer barrel and high-velocity cartridge gave the C-96 longer range and greater penetration than other pistols of its day. Its detachable, wooden rifle stock doubled as a carrying holster. The C-96 was readily adaptable to full automatic fire, and many were converted to automatic during World War I.
About 150,000 C96 pistols were modified to fire the same P8 Parabellum cartridges used in the German army's standard-issue Luger P8. This model of the C96 had a large 9 in a circle burned into the wood grip and painted red, to prevent users from loading 7.63 mm shells by mistake. About 137,000 of these "Red 9s" made it into army hands before the end of World War I--the only time the "broom-handled" Mauser was officially used by the German army. Despite its world-wide fame, the only nation to use the C-96 as its primary service sidearm was China. However, it remains a favorite with collectors to this day.
Mouser built many types of gun, including theKarabiner 98K
The standard German infantry weapon was the rifle, originally designed by Mauser and dubbed the Karabiner 98k. This weapon was a 5-shot, bolt-action rifle that actually dated back to 1898 when it was first adopted by the Imperial German Army. It was standard issue for German troops in WWI and, in its modified 98k version (k for kurz, or short), in WWII as well.