SOLD - Excellent Mauser C96 Broomhandle Rig - Red 9
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81045 - 08912
1/14/19 - This is a complete, all matching example of a Mauser "Red 9" broomhandle pistol made during WWI as part of the Imperial German Army contract. Unlike its commercial counterparts, "red 9" broomhandles were chambered in more common 9mm Para caliber, which was used by the german army and were marked with a large 9 on the grips which was then filled with red or orange paint to help German soldiers differentiate its caliber from the standard .30 mauser cartridge. Only about 130,000 of these very collectible guns were made, with only about 100,000 being accepted by the army and issued to the troops. Considered to be a substitute for a light carbine, they became very popular in trench warfare and were used by some of the Germany's elite crack troops. This gun retains around 95-96% of its original blue, with most of the wear found on the barrel from being inserted in the wood shoulder stock. There is no pitting anywhere and the blue is deep and even without any browning or patination. Grips and bore are in excellent condition. All the numbers match, including the grips and the stock. Vivid fire blue is present on several parts. This is a complete rig with its original matching shoulder stock which has various dings and shows handling wear but no major flaws. It also shows a proper Imperial proof mark. The front of the mag well has the Prussian Eagle proof. Beautiful original leather harness, maker marked and dated 1916, competes this incredible set.
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