Interwar German handguns:
The Mauser’s frame serial quantity absolutely falls into the suitable variety for a “red nine” wartime gun, almost everything on the frame is serial numbered properly, and only the leading finish is a post-WWI brief-barreled “Bolo” .30 Mauser gun. When was this leading half mated with the frame? Properly…someplace among November of 1918 and when I traded into it final year.
The Luger is a brief-barreled .30 Luger gun as properly. When its serial numbers would look to denote an earlier manufacture, the caliber and barrel length are surely postwar.
See, the Treaty of Versailles and its codicils prohibited the shrunken German arms market from generating military pistols. Barrels of four” or far more and bore diameters bigger than .32 had been verboten as military ordnance.
So these had been much less-military.
The “Bolo” nomenclature for the brief-barreled Broomhandles comes from the truth that the newly-triumphant Bolshevik government in Russia was obtaining a really hard time securing arms offers from foreign states till they could get their personal tiny arms market restructured just after the revolution.
Weimar Germany, a fellow international pariah, was delighted to make the sale, and the brief-barreled Mausers are identified as “Bolos” to this day.
Due to the fact C96’s had been well known with White Russian forces and these of several separatist republics, these match properly into the nascent Soviet army. As a matter of truth, when the USSR created its 1st homegrown pistol, the TT30 Tokarev, it made use of a cartridge that was tiny far more than a slightly spiced up 7.63 Mauser round.