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After submachine guns were discovered to be effective in trench warfare during WWI, there was great interest and considerable experimentation by the Germans in converting pistols to continuous-fire, fully automatic weapons.
The Mauser C-96 adapted well and many of them were converted to full automatic fire. However the Luger P-08, while a very effective weapon in semi-automatic mode, had an excessive rate of fire as a continuous-fire weapon, and so was not suitable for conversion, but was prized as a war trophy by Allied troops in both World Wars. Thousands of them were captured and brought home, and are still in circulation. The P08 is also highly prized by collectors of war memorabilia for its connection to both Imperial and Nazi Germany.
C/96 Semi-Automatic Pistol
First developed in 1896, the C/96 broomhandle saw action in both World Wars. The long barrel, square magazine (located in front of the trigger) and broom-handle-shaped grip gave the C-96 its distinctive appearance and nickname.
While the C96 was not a "military-issue" weapon, individual military officers often purchased the C-96 as their personal side arm. Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) both fancied and carried C-96 pistols during their military service
Thanks to its distinctive size and shape, it has appeared as a "foreign" or "exotic" pistol in numerous TV shows and movies. You can see it in action in the Clint Eastwood western move, "Joe Kidd". Its most famous movie appearance, though, was in the guise of a futuristic space weapon. The Mauser C-96 was the model for Han Solo's "blaster" in the original trilogy of "Star Wars" movies.
Because relatively few C96s were made compared to most well-known pistol models, they bring a premium on the collector market, and this unique weapon is a great addition to any collection of Twentieth Century, WWI or WWII weapons! Fortunately, you can own our authentic, non-firing replica with the heft and feel of the real thing--without the hefty price tag of an original.
HISTORY: The 7.63x25mm--the Mauser cartridge used in the original C/96 models--was the highest velocity commercial pistol cartridge available, prior to the development of the .357 magnum. The combination of its longer barrel and high-velocity cartridge gave the C-96 longer range and greater penetration than other pistols of its day. Its detachable, wooden rifle stock doubled as a carrying holster. The C-96 was readily adaptable to full automatic fire, and many were converted to automatic during World War I.
About 150,000 C96 pistols were modified to fire the same P8 Parabellum cartridges used in the German army's standard-issue Luger P8. This model of the C96 had a large 9 in a circle burned into the wood grip and painted red, to prevent users from loading 7.63 mm shells by mistake. About 137,000 of these "Red 9s" made it into army hands before the end of World War I--the only time the "broom-handled" Mauser was officially used by the German army. Despite its world-wide fame, the only nation to use the C-96 as its primary service sidearm was China. However, it remains a favorite with collectors to this day.
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The rare C/96 brings a premium on the collector's market! You can own this authentic replica for a tiny fraction of the price for an original!
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