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Mauser C96
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Mauser C96

Users

Germany

Entry into Service

1896

Cartridge

9x19mm Parabellum, 7.63x25mm Mauser

Magazine Capacity

10 rounds

Effective Range

50 m

The Mauser C96 is a semi-automatic pistol that was used by Germany during World War II.

Description

It originally produced by German arms manufacturer Mauser from 1896-1937. The C96 had a 13.9 centimeter barrel, a tangent rearsight, and a fixed 10 round magazine or a detachable 10 round box magazine. The total length of the Mauser C96 was 30.9 centimeters while its weight was about 1.2 kilograms.[1] It was nicknamed "Broomhandle" due to its grip looking like one and it took the 7.63x25mm Mauser Cartridge or the 9x19mm Luger Parabellum Cartridge. The Mauser also had an effective range of about 50 meters and it could even fit a shoulder stock, making it an artillery carbine and giving it better accuracy.

VariantsBearbeiten

The Mauser C96 did not really have any standard variants besides the "Red Nine" Mauser, which was the version fitted with the 9x19mm Luger Parabellum Cartridge. Others versions included the M1920, which had made the Mauser C96's barrel 9.9 centimeters long and the iron sights fixed, the M712 Mauser, which could be set to fully automatic and was sometimes used by the Wehrmacht, the M1930 Mauser, which had some models go back to the normal 5.5 inch barrel, and the M1921 Mauser "Bolo", which had the 9.9 centimeter barrel and was mainly used by the Red Army.

HistoryBearbeiten

The Mauser C96 was designed by Josef, Fidel, and Friedrich Feederle and was patented in 1895.[2] Production of this gun began in 1896 and it first saw service in war during the Boer War. It had also been issued to German troops during WWI and some troops were still using them during WWII. While they were certainly not as prestigious as the famed P08 Luger, it was still sought after by American troops after securing the battlefield. They were not just used by Germany, but also by Spain, the Soviet Union, Italy, France and China. In fact, the Chinese had made a large amount of licensed copies along with many other countries.

ReferencesBearbeiten

  1. http://www.rt66.com/~korteng/smallarms/mauser96.htm
  2. http://world.guns.ru/handguns/hg/de/mauser-c-96-e.html
Vorlage:German Infantry Weapons

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