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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Re: Bolo Stock
« on: February 13, 2019, 07:40:32 PM »
Thank you!
The link does not work for me but yes the stock pictured above appears to be a correct Mauser C96 short stock.

Regards,

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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Re: Bolo Stock
« on: February 12, 2019, 07:03:37 PM »
Without seeing it I cannot say for sure but Mauser did make shorter stocks for the pre WWI pistols with the smaller grip frame or "Bolo". They are not very common and I would love to have one as I just acquired a Pre War small grip frame example.

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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Re: Officers pistol or Bolo discussion
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:04:34 PM »
My father always referred to them as "Military Mauser pistols". I always liked that name for them.

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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Re: Officers pistol or Bolo discussion
« on: February 04, 2019, 07:47:16 AM »
This is basically the theory I am forming but I have some more information to review before I commit to it.

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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Re: Officers pistol or Bolo discussion
« on: February 01, 2019, 07:23:28 AM »
It is great to get perspectives from European collectors here on the forum. It is curious no American collectors are commenting. Though I have not found many American collectors of the C96 that participate in forum discussions. They appear to be either technology challenged or just unwilling to engage in discussions. As the term "Bolo" does not have a clear origin its use seem to be equally confused.

Regards, 

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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Re: Officers pistol or Bolo discussion
« on: January 30, 2019, 01:01:47 PM »
Gerben,

I was hoping you would enter this discussion. It makes since that the 6 shot variations would be referred to "Officers pistol". I have noted that many of the early examples that have the smaller grip are 6 shot but there are 6 shot variations that are Conehammers. All with it standard length barrel and standard or large grip. The smaller grip does not appear until the Large Ring Hammer feature is established and these early small grip frame models with a shorter barrel seem to be in the 29,000 serial number range and were produced in 6 and 10 shot models.

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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Re: Officers pistol or Bolo discussion
« on: January 30, 2019, 07:45:24 AM »
Everywhere I have read defines the term "Bolo" as a nickname derived from the Bolshevik preference of the small grip frame C-96. If this is where it originated it would not of been used for the pre WWI examples. I assume it like "Broomhandle" (an American slang name) is a slang term adopted by the public to differentiate the small grip frame from the standard C96. From my perspective Mauser's reasoning for developing a more compact variation would of been to make the pistol more suitable for issue to higher ranking officers. Thus the term "Officers model" would be in line with the intent.

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I have never seen one. You have an interesting holster.

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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Officers pistol or Bolo discussion
« on: January 28, 2019, 09:40:12 AM »
To all members,

I am interested in having a dialogue with other C96 collectors about the development, variations and categories of Mauser's C96 pistols with the smaller grip. From what I have read the first appearance of a smaller grip frame occurred on early Large Ring Hammer pistols and was referred to as the Officer's model. The first small grip being curved and without the accommodation for a stock attachment. The concept of a smaller grip was then changed to have straight sides and the stock slot re-appeared. It then appears several variations were produced to find the preferred combination of features to market. I have always considered the small grip frame examples to be "Bolo" models but this appears to be a poor choice of nickname as it is primarily derived from the post war (WWI) variation and seems to be misused to describe other variations with short barrels. I am interested in the thoughts of others.

Regards,

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Model 1914 Pistol / Re: 1914 Police Issued
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:14:20 PM »
I have a friend who has about 70 pocket models. The majority of them are Weimar police marked examples. The marking variations in the police pistols alone is fascinating area of collecting. Yours like most show that they were carried and saw use which only proves authenticity in my book.

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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Re: M1930
« on: January 17, 2019, 02:08:04 PM »
I stand corrected. It is a very nice example. It seems most of these went to China and were used hard. Many were later exported from China to the US where they were refurbished. There are some that were apparently imported from Germany in the 30s and some of those were well kept and in close to or pristine condition today. The hot salt blue finish on a pristine example is something to behold. I have always been fascinated by the C96. Many have told me they think it is an ugly pistol, I only see the beauty of it.

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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Re: M1930
« on: January 17, 2019, 07:38:53 AM »
Vilm,

It is a very nice late example. Unless I am mistaken isn't the stock for an earlier variation?

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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Re: mystery c-96
« on: January 15, 2019, 07:53:38 AM »
Mauser would receive orders from a government or agency for a specific number of pistols. Sometimes the order would be serial numbered in its own sequence. As your has an unusually low number for a Large Ring Hammer it could of been part of a special order. This is speculation. Mauser did some unusual serial numbering during the early production of the C96 which has always been confusing to collectors and researchers.

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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Re: chinese marks
« on: January 03, 2019, 07:32:11 AM »
To learn about the C86 start here
http://askmisterscience.com/1896mauserbackup/index.html

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General Discussion / Re: Happy 2019!
« on: January 02, 2019, 08:27:47 AM »
Yes, To all forum members!

Best regards,

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