Mauser C96 file photo [9939]

Mauser C96 Handgun

Country of OriginGermany
Caliber7.630 mm
Capacity10 rounds
Length271.000 mm
Barrel Length99.000 mm
Weight1.130 kg
Muzzle Velocity425 m/s


ww2dbaseThe Mauser C96 semi-automatic pistols began production in 1896. They had very good range and stopping power when compared to their contemporaries, thus they were very popular from the start. The first customer of these pistols was Turkey, with the order being 1,000 units. Shortly after, they were made available commercially as well. In 1899, the Italian Navy placed an order for 5,000. By the 1930s, they were widely available; Mauser produced about 1 million of them between 1896 and 1937, while firms in Spain (designated Beistegui Hermanos and Astra M712 Schnellfeuer and Astra Model 900; both primarily produced for export to China) and China (designated Shansi Type 17, made the Taiyuan Arsenal in Shansi Province) made more without license. Beyond WW1, they were used during conflicts such as the Estonian War Of Independence, the Spanish Civil War, the Chinese Civil War, and the various wars that made up WW2. Despite the design's popularity, (Nationalist) China was the only country to have named the Mauser C96 pistols as the standard service pistols of the army and the police. After the communist victory in the Chinese Civil War, the communist government confiscated many C96 pistols and destroyed most them, while allowing some to be sold overseas commercially. The ammunition feed systems differed across the many variants and license-built designs throughout the production life of the C96, ranging from as small as 6-round integral magazines to as large as 40-round detachable magazines.

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Chinese troops at Lugou Bridge, Beiping, China, Jul 1937Chinese soldier with Mauser C96 handgun and gas mask in a shoulder bag, Shanghai, China, mid-1937Chinese troops in a Shanghai street, China, Aug-Oct 1937Chinese soldiers posing with their Mauser handguns, circa late 1930s
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1. Anonymous says:
19 Jan 2018 05:41:06 AM

You know they had a SMG version of the Mauser C96 that used 20 round mags and fired extremely fast.

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