1936 C96 Broomhandle .30 Mauser 7.63x25mm Semi-Auto Pistol C&R

SOLD FOR: $805

WOA#: WY240302JC004

Make: Mauser

Model: Model C-96 Commercial

Serial Number: 206281

Year of Manufacture: 1936

Caliber: 7.63x25mm Mauser (.30 Mauser Automatic)

Action Type: Single Action Semi–Auto with Internal Magazine

Markings: The top flat of the barrel extension is marked “WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF AN” with “20628” on the side.  There is a “MADE IN GERMANY” mark and a crown over “U” on the bolt housing and “4 / Y” under the barrel. The baseplate is marked “7070” The trigger group parts are marked “953” “5897 / 4” on the locking lug, “T” on the trigger group along with various proof marks and “555397”. “397 SN” on the back of the hammer. The frame is marked “34292”

Barrel Length: 5 1/2”

Sights / Optics: The pistol is mounted with a “V” notch rear sliding elevator sight with markings from “50-1000” that is pinned to the barrel extension. The front sight is an inverted “V” notch integral to a rectangular base fixed to the barrel.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are two-piece smooth horn panels. The grips have a couple of light nicks toward the bottom. Otherwise, there are only light handling marks. There are no chips or cracks. Overall, the grips are in about Very Good condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is gray. The rifling is worn. There is erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion the bore rates at a 4/10.

Overall Condition: This pistol retains about 45% of its metal finish. There are several marks in the frame and slide. The frame is completely gone to patina. The screw heads are moderately worn. The markings are mostly clear. Overall, this pistol is in about Poor condition.

Mechanics:  The action functions correctly. We did not fire this pistol. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The history of the C96 Broomhandle, one of the earliest semi-automatic pistols, is as fascinating as it is influential in the world of firearms. This iconic pistol was first manufactured by the German arms company Mauser in 1896 and quickly garnered attention for its unique design and mechanical innovation.

The C96 Broomhandle, named for its distinctive grip resembling the handle of a broom, was revolutionary in several aspects. It was one of the first semi-automatic pistols to enjoy widespread use and featured a distinctive integral box magazine in front of the trigger, unusual in an era dominated by revolver handguns. This pistol was typically chambered in 7.63x25mm Mauser, a powerful cartridge for its size, which contributed to its popularity.

The C96 was not officially adopted by any major nation’s military but was used extensively by soldiers and officers in various conflicts around the world, including World War I and World War II. It gained a reputation for reliability and high build quality. The C96 also saw popularity among civilian users and became an iconic weapon in revolutionary movements, notably used by figures such as Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence.

Over its production life, the C96 Broomhandle underwent various modifications and was produced in different configurations and calibers, including a select-fire version with a detachable magazine. Its design influenced many later pistol designs and marked an important step in the evolution of semi-automatic handguns.

Today, the C96 Broomhandle holds a special place in firearm history. Its distinctive appearance and historical significance make it a coveted item among collectors and firearms enthusiasts, symbolizing a pivotal moment in the development of modern handguns. This commercial production C96 refurbished by Federal Ordnance would make a great historical piece to any collection.  A few of the mechanics need to be tweaked or replaced for full function such as the safety and reliability of the trigger.  Please see our photos and good luck! – L.S.

1936 C96 Broomhandle .30 Mauser 7.63x25mm Semi-Auto Pistol C&R
1936 C96 Broomhandle .30 Mauser 7.63x25mm Semi-Auto Pistol C&R