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SURPRISED by 1896 Mauser

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by golden, Nov 5, 2018.

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  1. golden

    golden Member

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    The last time I went out to LAS VEGAS, I rented an 1896 MAUSER pistol (the famous Broomhandle). It surprised me with being much better balanced than I would have expected from its appearance. I fired off 6 rounds and it was a decent shooter, the worst thing being the sights.

    Has anyone else shot one of these very interesting (at least to me) pistols and what were your impressions.

    Jim
     
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  2. mdrisc85

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    Thats pretty cool- local to LV here and had no idea there was a local range renting a 96 Mauser.

    I remember shooting one from time to time as a young kid, my grandfather had a nice 96 and shoulder stock combo in his collection. Recall ammo being scarce at the time and loading from the stripper clips a bit different but it being quite accurate, especially with the stock attached when you got the hang of it. I found a couple of boxes of 7.62 Mauser for him as a gift a few years ago and made his day.

    Always a fun experience to shoot some of those old classics.
     
  3. MikeInOr

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    I have a Bolo C96... it isn't my favorite shooter but it is a good conversation piece.
     
  4. tark

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    I've got two and I shoot the snot out of one. The other one is still in the factory cosmoline. At least on the inside. They're a lot of fun to shoot. They throw their empties pretty much straight up and every once in a while one will land down your collar. They usually shoot high. Mine has a pitted bore so its not real accurate. I have never owned any handgun that draws more attention at the range.
     
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  5. Jim Watson

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    Battlefield Vegas rents one, and about anything else. Not cheap.
    We once had a thread by the owner, describing the many guns and the work required to keep them up and running for the tourists.
    https://www.battlefieldvegas.com/
     
  6. Random 8

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    I have fired both a 7.62 and a "red 9" 9mm. Both were as you observed, remarkably accurate and well balanced. The 7,62 had a shoulder stock (repro) and I was able to consistently ding a 10" steel plate at 100 yards with carefully aimed fire.
     
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  7. HisSoldier

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    Got mine a few months ago, lifetime dream, but then I like unusual weapons.
     
  8. Speedo66

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    Cool, the very definition of steampunk in a pistol.
     
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