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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / C96 Broomhandle Strap Marking
« on: August 10, 2022, 04:11:08 PM »
Can anyone determine the interpretation of the marking found on the back strap of a Broomhandle Mauser I have interest in?  It reads Gf 31.  It is an early Model 30 in the 850000 serial number range.  Could this marking influence the value of this gun? 

C96 / C12 Broomhandle / C96 Grips
« on: January 16, 2022, 01:20:42 PM »
Generally speaking, how are grips suppose to fit on a wartime commercial C96?  Specifically, does the wood generally align with the edge of both straps or are tolerances allowed when the wood extends a bit over the straps?  I have examined many pictures of wartime commercials and almost always find the grips align perfect with the rear strap.  Itís the alignment variations I notice on the along the length of the front strap as well as the bottom I have questions with.   If I understand correctly, the overall quality of wartime commercial broomhandles was compromised as the war progressed.  Could grip quality and fit fall into this analysis?  Any comments regarding wartime commercial C96ís would be great!

C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Finish Question On C96
« on: January 07, 2022, 07:34:30 AM »
I am looking to purchase a wartime commercial C96 with a Prussian acceptance mark.  What are the thoughts on the finish, is it original or reblued?  It is all-matching except for the grips which is off by one number.  Any other comments or observations will be appreciated; this will be my first Broomhandle!

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