Mauser C96
  • Mauser
  • Hanyang Arsenal
  • Weapon Type:
  • Pistol
  • Machine Pistol
  • Size: 7.51 in (190.75 mm)
    Weight: 1,130 g (2.5 lbs)
    Fire Modes:
  • Semi-Automatic
  • Full Automatic
  • Ammunition:
  • 9×19mm Parabellum
  • .45 ACP
  • 7.63×25mm Mauser
  • 9×25mm Mauser
  • 8.15mm Mauser (Experimental)
  • Feeding System: 10 Round internal magazine
  • Removable Magazines
  • Rate of Fire: 1000 rpm (full auto)
    Range: 150-200m
    Affiliation(s): Germany

    The Mauser C96 (and clones) Edit

    History Edit

    The 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
    Mauser c96 m1916 by alanfarrell-d79vs44
    quantities by Turkey and Italy, but most were sold commercially to military officers, collectors, and others. The weapon loaded through the top with stripper clips, similar to Mauser and Mosin rifles. Real success came in 1915, when Germany ordered 150,000 in 9mm Parabellum (the normal 9mm of today). These are known as Red 9s since a 9 was carved in the grips and stained in red. After WW1, the Soviet Union bought a lot of them and many were sold commercially. During the 1920s, Spanish companies started selling there own copies of the C96. Some were good quality, others were not. Astra made some of the best and most popular of the Spanish Mausers. Some of these were fully automatic. Mauser responded in 1930 with the 711, a normal C96 with detachable magazines. These were semi automatic and did not sell well. Mauser then made the 712 in 1931. This was fully automatic and sold well, but not well enough to stop the Spanish and later, Chinese, copies. The pistol was later seen in the 1970s with Han Solo in Star Wars.

    Cartridge Edit

    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.

    Abilities Edit

    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

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