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Mauser Broomhandle

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by MacBean, Jul 17, 2014.

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  1. MacBean

    MacBean Member

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    I picked up a Mauser Broomhandle and need help to figure out exactly what it is. I have done some research and am still a little puzzled. So here goes........
    It has matching serial numbers....447636. Tangent rear sight with graduations to 1000 meters. "NS" new safety. 3.9 " barrel. " Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf A Neckar" on the right side. "Waffenfabrik mauser oberndorf / N " on top of the barrel. Under the barrel looks like a 4 over a B Y. At the end of the barrel "763 Germany" and import mark " CAI ST ALB VI ". " U" with a crown over it on end of the bolt. 22 grove walnut grips with Red 9. This is a 9mm. "U" with a crown over it under the ser. # by the barrel. The only other mark I see is a circle with three lines in it above the right grip. Can anyone help me? It would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. MacBean

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    Does anyone have any info on this broomhandle ?? Thanks.
     
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    Quick googled turned up this:
    Got it from: http://askmisterscience.com/1896mauserbackup/index.html

    As for the Red 9 grips it also makes note under the original ones that "During the last twenty years or so, significant numbers of guns with shot-out bores have been bored out to 9 mm and are now wearing reproduction Red 9 grips. This by itself is not a problem, but it causes confusion with genuine 1916 Contract guns."

    Hope that helps!
     
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  5. MacBean

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    Thanks for the help. I will check out the links.
     
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    I've always wanted one of those, sort of like an MG TC, things sticking out all over like they weren't sure how a handgun should look. :)

    One thing that scares me about them is an apparent propensity for worn out rifling, evidently the rifling was shallow from the factory perhaps? Or maybe it was the corrosive ammo of the old days? Plus of course the barrels can't be easily swapped out.

    Alas the days when I could save up for and buy such a delightful anachronism are long gone for me, one in the condition I'd want would cost over $1500.
     
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    Century Arms import, likely from China.


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    Had a post-war Bolo in 7.63 a couple of years ago. Interesting firearm, neat design in many ways as the only screw in it was to hold the stocks on.

    I had it refurbished, barrel relined and refinished and it still could not hit the broad side of a barn from inside the barn. :what: Further reading indicated that it probably never would without an attached stock which I couldn't afford.

    I sold it for what I had into it and put the funds into a camera lens and a S&W 625 in .45 Colt that I have enjoyed much more than the Mauser.

    IF you want a beautiful and pleasant to shoot Mauser pistol, search for a HSc instead. :cool: Those are exquisite.
     
  9. Jim K

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    The import marking is Century Arms Inc., St. Albans, Vermont. When the gun was imported, it was 7.63 caliber and was altered to 9mm later. It is not a "genuine" Red 9. The crown/U is the original German proof mark. The circle with lines may be a Chinese mark.

    Most of the guns that came in from China (only a few were made there - most were made in Germany) had really bad bores, which is why they were rebored and re-rifled to 9mm. I don't know the Chinese word for "tomorrow" but apparently that is when they cleaned their guns; with corrosive primed ammo, the result is as expected.

    A few had the barrels actually replaced, with the original barrel cut to a stub and the new barrel inserted and soldered in place.

    Jim
     
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    WOW !

    Thanks again.
     
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