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The Mauser C96 (and clones) Edit
History EditThe Mauser C96 was designed by the Feedrles brothers in the 1890s. The brothers worked in the Mauser company and when Peter Mauser caught wind of this new development, he asked them to perfect the design. The first prototype came out in 1895 and was patented the same year. The cartridge used was the 7.63 Mauser (an improved 7.65 Borchardt). The pistols were first made in 1896; therefore we get C96, or Construction of 1896. Pistols were bought in small
The 7.63 Mauser cartridge was the fastest in the world until the .357 Magnum was invented in 1935. It was also the inspiration for the 7.62 Tokarev, famous for its ability to penetrate body armor. Tokarev chambered guns will take 7.63 Mauser, but not the other way around. This cartridge is fairly rare today, but was very popular in its time and was used by many other early automatic pistols. However, the Red 9 version is chambered in 9mm ammunition.
Most Mauser C96s and their clones, came with shoulder stocks that could attach to the rear of the pistol grip. These stocks also doubled as holster. A button towards the back of the stock would be pressed, unlocking the door on the back. The pistol could then be put inside the stock with no need to take apart the gun in anyway. A leather belt holster was, and still is, made to hold the stock on your belt, making the whole package easy to carry.
- Semi-Automatic variants are excellent for accuracy and ammo consumption is low.
- Ammunition is plentiful for those chambered in .45 ACP and 9mm.
- Stocks are available for most, if not all versions of this gun which reduce recoil and double as a holster in the back of the stock.
- Some variants shoot full auto, not good for accuracy and not good for ammo conservation.
- Mausers are not as common nowadays
- Internal Magazine variants require stripper clips to load, so it will take a bit to reload