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Chinese Warlord C96 Carbine from Taku Naval Dockyard

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Today we are looking at a second Chinese Warlord-Era C96 Mauser carbine. These were made as fancy sporting or presentation arms for important people – just as the original Mauser-made C96 carbines were. This example was made at the Taku Naval Dockyard, a facility initially set up to maintain the Beiyang Fleet but which expanded into arms production. Based on the pair of Nationalist flags on the buttplate, this was most likely made in the late 1920s.

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