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Warbird, do you (or anyone else0 know the approximate serial number range when Mauser discontinued the lanyard loop cut-out?  I've been searching but, to use a warbird pilot's term; no joy.

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General Discussion / Help Downsizing Photo Attachments
« on: June 06, 2019, 05:28:27 PM »
Recently I am having a problem on this forum with my photos posting in an enormous size.  They are so large it requires one to "scroll" across them in order to see the complete photo.
I use Photobucket as my "host" and simply paste the Photobucket link on my post.  There is no provision on Photobucket to "downsize" unless I want a "thumbnail" size.
Is ther a better way to add photos?  Is there a way, after I post a photo to "size it" to fit the thread?  Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Only 13,000 C96ís are known to have been ordered by the Imperial Austrian Army.  In 1915 a contract for 3,000 was placed directly with Mauser.  Later, in 1916, 10,000 more were purchased, this time from Germanyís Erfurt Imperial Arsenal.  This one was part of that 1916 order for 10,000.  It was shipped in 1917. It has both an Imperial German Army acceptance stamp and an Austrian Imperial Army acceptance stamp making it a rarity.  Considering itís 100 years old, served in WWI, and most likely WWII, itís in remarkably fine  condition.

Each sub-assembly and part that should be numbered is and all numbers match including the oiled walnut, 34 grove grips.  The magazine base plate is numbered to a different gun but, judging by fit and finish, itís been with this gun a very long time.  The rust bluing is excellent as are all the fire blued parts.  The bore is excellent,  It has no import marks.


































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Recently acquired this WWI Imperial Army Model 1914 made in early 1916.   















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Serial Number 59525  Searching the forum I've learned it was made in either 1915 or 1916.
Can anyone (Mr. Mason) pinpoint which year?  It is Imperial accepted so would have served in WWI.
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Model 1914 Pistol / My Model 1914 Weimar Era Police Issue
« on: April 04, 2019, 03:00:42 PM »
With great thanks to Geert45 and Mr. Mason my model 1914 is now running like a fine Swiss watch.
This Mauser Model 1914 (fourth variant) was produced in late 1928. The S.P. above L. inscribed on the front grip strap indicates it was issued to the Schutzpolizei (uniformed police force) in the urban district (Kreisfreie Stšdte State) of Leipzig (S.P.= Schutzpolizei  L.= Leipzig) in the Free State of Saxony, during the Weimar Republic.

 This gun, including itís serial numbered magazine, is original and in remarkably nice condition.  It retains most of itís rust blue finish and the fire blued parts (takedown rod face, extractor, safety lever and release button, grip screws and trigger) still show beautiful gloss.  Itís numbers match (slide, frame, barrel lug, bottom of the side plate ).  The checkered walnut, wraparound grips are perfect with no chips or cracks and the bore is shiny with good rifling.

The magazine is original as issued with the pistol and modified by Leipzig police in 1928.  The pistolís full serial number is stamped on the lower left side of the body and, on the bottom of the floor plate.  (Both body and floorplate also have a large Roman numeral I indicating it was one of two magazines issued with the pistol.  Spare magazines had a Roman numeral II.) It has no import marks.   What's not to like.  Except my lousy photos which fail to capture the nice finish,  :-)
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Model 1914 Pistol / Help! Model 1914 Field Strip / Disassembly Issue
« on: April 02, 2019, 05:42:42 PM »
I just acquired an excellent condition Model 1914 made in late 1928.  I am unable to get the slide to move forward off the frame when meticulously following directions.

After carefully following protocol my slide will only move forward about 1/4" then it hits something solid.  Something metallic solid.  I soaked the moving parts with G96 gun treatment with no success.

I removed the grip but am unable to see anything to push, press, wiggle to all the slide forward.

Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.  Regards, Lance


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On Fourth Variation (1923 to 1929) Model 1914's were any internal, small parts, other than the sear, numbered with either full, last 3 digits or last 2 digits of the gun's serial number?


Also, did Mauser continue to fire blue the trigger, extractor, grip screws, safety lever and pushbutton and takedown rod (barrel pin) face?


Great thanks in advance for any replies.

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Model HSC Pistol / My Early HSc Serial Nr. 7171xx
« on: December 09, 2015, 06:40:59 PM »
I thought I posted photos of my HSc a while back but it appears that I did not.  So, here it is.  Comments welcome.   :)

Using Warbirds excellent sticky chart, by extrapolation I calculate it was produced in April of 1941.

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Model 1934 Pistol / Model 1914 Plastic, Hard Rubber, Bakelight grip ID
« on: January 18, 2015, 09:18:27 PM »
OK, I see this is not the most active section on this forum. Lol.  But, I know there are a lot of very knowledgeable folks here so I thought I'd ask.


I recently acquired a beautiful Model 1934 and the sale included an extra set of what I am convinced are original bakelite grips.


My concern, before I put them up for auction, is to authenticate they are original and not "reproductions".


Inside the grips, on the back panel are these molded inscriptions:  1761  A circle with PAO inside.  And, what looks like the Mauser logo M with a horizontal S under it and the number 45 above it.


Can anyone tell me if they are original or reproductions?



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