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Small Arms of WWI Primer 009: German Mauser C96 Pistol

Othais and Mae delve into the story of this WWI classic. Complete with history, function, and live fire demonstration.

C&Rsenal presents its WWI Primer series; covering the firearms of this historic conflict one at a time in honor of the centennial anniversary. Join us every other Tuesday!

Mauser Recoil Loader with Locking Block, Self-Loading Pistol Construction 96
Cartridge: 7.63 Mauser, 9mm Export, 9mm Parabellum
Capacity: x rnds
Length: 12.3”
weight: 2.5 lbs

Designed by the Brothers Feederle and patented by Paul Mauser, the C96 is a revolutionary handgun. Despite going on to world fame, recognizable even today, it was never the official sidearm of the German Army or any other major power for that matter.

Additional reading:

Mauser Pistolen: Development and Production, 1877-1946

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In collaboration with The Great War

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Ammunition data thanks to DrakeGmbH

Archival work by Georgy

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