Mauser C96 'Flatside'
Product Code: 9883
A rare and desirable example of an early Mauser C96 large-ring hammer 'flatside' pistol, complete with its matching stock. Manufacted by Mauser in 1897 and retaining practically all of its original finish. Fine condition.
The Mauser C96 (Construktion 96) was a semi-automatic pistol that was originally produced by German arms manufacturer Mauser from 1896 to 1937.
The distinctive characteristics of the C96 are the integral box magazine in front of the trigger, the long barrel, the wooden shoulder stock which gives it the stability of a short-barreled rifle and doubles as a holster or carrying case, and a unique grip shaped like the handle of a broom. The grip earned the gun the nickname "Broomhandle" in the English-speaking world because of its round wooden handle.
With its long barrel and high-velocity cartridge, the Mauser C96 had superior range and better penetration than most other pistols; the 7.63×25mm Mauser cartridge was the highest velocity commercially manufactured pistol cartridge until the advent of the .357 Magnum cartridge in 1935.