Mauser 6.35mm model of 1910

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by Michael Tinker Pearce, May 4, 2021 at 1:13 AM.

  1. Michael Tinker Pearce

    Michael Tinker Pearce Member

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    This last Saturday my newest toy arrived!

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    We all call these a Model 1910 these days, but Mauser simply referred to it as the 6.35mm. Yes, it's a .25 ACP. It is by no means a large gun, but it's not as tiny as most .25s, I can actually get a good two-fingered grip on it. This one is in very good condition, with small signs of age, but not much of use. It has a 9-round magazine, and like it's .32 cousin it locks open on an empty magazine, and the slide won't drop until you insert another (it doesn't have to be loaded.) The safety, located behind the trigger, is activated by pushing the lever down and released by pressing the button below the lever.

    It's a handly little gun, with an excellent trigger. The sights are very good for a pocket-pistol of this era. Hell, they're better than a lot of service guns from the period. Recoil, as you'd expect, is negligible.
    Here's a pic of it with a more typically-sized .25, Linda's Colt Junior. The second picture is with it's 'big brother,' the 7.65 model of 1914
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    The Mauser has a 3" barrel, and picks up some velocity and energy over 2" .25s. My standard reload for .25 ACP is not at all a 'hot' load, and consists of a hard-cast 58gr. LFP over 1.1gr of Red Dot with a CCI 500 small pistol primer. This load makes 646 fps. and 54 ft./lbs. out of the Colt Jr., and makes 729 fps. and 68 ft./lbs. from the Mauser. This relatively small increase in velocity has a disproportionately large effect on penetration. Using this load the Colt penetrates 12.5" of Clear Ballistics 10% ordinance gel. From the Mauser out of eight shots one stopped at 15", the other seven passed entirely through the 16" block. I've got cases and bullets inbound, so I'll do some more testing and a full range-report after those arrive.

    I really like this little gun, and plan on shooting it quite a bit. I expect it will be pretty accurate in rapid-fire.
     
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  2. .455_Hunter

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    Thank You!

    Excellent write-up.
     
  3. jar

    jar Member

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    I'd like to add a 1910 and an Ortgies to my 6.35 accumulation.
     
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  4. Tallball

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    Congratulations!

    They're very nice pistols.

    I've never shot a more accurate 25.

    You got yourself a super fun plinker. :)
     
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  5. Monac

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    A man named James B. Stewart wrote an excellent article about these 6.35mm Mausers that was published in the 1970 Gun Digest Annual. Maybe something better has been written since then, but it is still the best thing on these guns that I know of. There are a bunch of 1970 Gun Digests for sale on Ebay. They are not as cheap as they used to be, but they are not very expensive either.
     
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  6. Jim Watson

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    At one time, there were pocket pistol matches in various European countries where competition was one of the few accepted uses to put on a firearms license. An accurate .25 would fit right in.
     
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    I'd love to shoot a match against other .25 ACP guns with this French Le Policeman of mine. Even with the DA trigger I can get 1" 50 foot groups from a bag rest. The sights are good with my bifocals !
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