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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / New to me C96 with odd features... Help
« on: April 21, 2022, 12:55:16 PM »
Hi Folks,

I recently purchased a C96 that was described as pre-war commercial, serial number 41201 in 7.63 Mauser cal.  I noticed it has a New Safety (NS) so it has to be later manufacture, perhaps war-time commercial.  The serial number stampings appear factory original, so I am convinced it's not a mix master gun. The upper receiver, magazine floorplate, frame, lock frame, NS hammer, internal sear , and locking block, and slide bolt stop and CHECKERED walnut grips all are number matched in the same size and font as numerous other guns I've examined. The magazine follower is not numbered (like a war-time commercial gun).  I am confused about the pre-war serial number and other much later features.

I was browsing this forum and found a post from 2015 where another forum member posted pics of a gun very similar to mine with serial number 41769 and with the NS.  WIth such a close serial number to mine and with a NS, I wonder if this is some kind of contract gun.  I would like to hear some opinions about what I have.  I haven't started on the threaded barrel and drift  adjustable dovetail front sight. ( barrel numbered to the gun).

Thanks for looking!


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