A Crop of Mauser Pistols (Photographs)


Mauser C96 P-38 byf and HSc pistols

At present on the table for sale in the Guns.com warehouse are a C96, byf44-code P-38, and a late model HSc. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

Established in 1871, Mauser is greatest recognized for their rifles but also made a number of revolutionary pistol styles as properly, and we have a number of up for grabs in the Guns.com warehouse.

The German gun maker renowned for their bolt guns made companion handgun lines nearly from the starting, beginning with their M1877 singe-shot pistols and Model 1878 “Zig Zag” revolvers. Then came probably the greatest semi-auto pistol of its era, the C96 “Broomhandle.”

C96 mauser right side

The C96 was created in Germany by way of the 1930s and as unlicensed clones in Spain, China and elsewhere (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

Developed from 1897 to 1938 by Mauser, the C96 was made by the trio of Feederle brothers (Fidel, Friedrich, and Josef) in conjunction with Peter Paul Mauser. Chambered initially in 7.63x25mm, the gun was sandwiched amongst the early and largely experimental semi-autos of the late 19th Century such as the Borchardt C-93 and additional sophisticated styles such as John Browning’s FN1900.

Mauser C96 sights

Our C96 at present in stock appears to be a wartime (as in Planet War I) industrial model with a serial quantity in the 300,000 variety. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

Chambered in 7.63×25, the sights are optimistically graduated to 1,000 meters. Applying a 10-shot stripper-clip fed fixed magazine forward of the trigger guard, the C96 would later go on to develop into well-known as the basis of fictional space smuggler Han Solo’s blaster in the Star Wars franchise.

Mauser C96

The instance at present in stock appears to have been reblued. Note the Neue Sicherung (NS) security trigger (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

By the time Mauser sooner or later retired the C96 in the late 1930s, the German Army had adopted the then-new P-38 of fellow German gunmaker Carl Walther. That gun went on to stay in production in 1 kind or one more for more than 40 years and armed the German military properly into the 21st Century, a record of longevity only realistically bested by the Browning Hi-Energy and Colt 1911.

Mauser made byf44 code P-38

The 9mm single stack Walther-made P-38 was Germany’s principal handgun in WWII (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

In the course of WWII, demand was so higher for these pistols that they had been created not only by Walther but also by Spreewerk and Mauser, with the latter organization cranking out more than 300,000 pistols ahead of the French Army took more than management of the plant in 1945.

Mauser made byf44 code P-38

The Mauser-created P-38 9mm in the Guns.com warehouse bears WaA135 Waffenamp inspection stamps and the byf44 manufacturer’s code made use of by Mauser for these WWII era guns. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

Mauser made byf44 code P-38

About a third of P-38s created in the course of WWII had been made by Mauser. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

At about the very same time Mauser was placing the C96 Broomhandle to bed, they retired their compact M1914/34 series .32ACP pocket pistol as properly.

Mauser M1914 pistol

The M1914 and comply with on M1934 had been compact “pocket” guns (if you had large pockets) that Mauser made up till 1939. They had been also extensively made use of by each military and police of the era– anything couple of .32s can say now. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)

To replace the M1934 in the company’s catalog, Mauser made use of a style by engineer Alex Seidel dubbed the Hahn Selbstspanner modell C (“self-cocking hammer” i.e. double-action, model C) or just, the HSc. This blowback-action .32 (eight-shot) or .380 (seven shot) with its semi-exposed hammer was Mauser’s answer to Walther’s PP series of compact semi-autos that had been introduced in the 1920s.

Mauser pistols Gunscom HSC

The HSc was a issue of beauty made in the era of 1930s ” Streamline Moderne.” Assume: the Rocketeer but German. In the dark, you would nearly feel it was a Walther PP (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

In production by 1940, the HSc went on to develop into a classic in its personal appropriate, with properly more than 300,000 examples created by the 1980s — while the gun was later made in Italy as properly.

Mauser pistols Gunscom HSC

Our HSc at present up for grabs is a .32ACP model with a seven-shot magazine and a lovely blued finish. Imported by Interarms most probably in the early 1980s, it has German roll marks. (Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

Mauser pistols Gunscom HSC

(Photo: Richard Taylor/Guns.com)

Moving on from in-home created pistols, Mauser contracted with the Hungarian firm of FEG in the 1990s to generate the M80 and M90 series handguns briefly till they switched gears altogether from steel frames into the alloy era.

In the latter move, the organization partnered with SIG to generate the M2, a quick-lived German compact with a three.54-inch rotating barrel presented in .357 Sig, .40 S&ampW, and .45ACP. These European-created beauties had been the finish of the line (for now) on Mauser handguns and had been only created from 2000 to 2004.

Mauser M2 45 NRA Sig

The M2 we have is a .45ACP variant that is a collectible “Friends of the NRA” model that appears unfired and comes with the original presentation box, two magazines, manual and holster.

To see additional on Guns.com’s personal table of Mausers — each rifle and pistol –– be certain to verify them out and head back from time to time and see what else we have on hand. Also, if you have 1 for sale, we can manage that, as well.


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