A very rare Oberndorf C.96 Broomhandle Mauser, chambered in .30 Mauser.  Its serial number  (443X) places its date of manufacture in 1897! (All Broomhandle Mausers with serial numbers below  15,000 are pre-1899 production and hence Federally exempt.)  This pistol is in “antique fine” condition, with about 80% original bluing. It is only mechanical fault is that the safety lever hesitates to go on “safe” unless the hammer is pulled back beyond full-cock. (That should be adjusted by a gunsmith.) But once it is in the “safe”  position, it does function as designed. Has correct original 32-line grips, for its vintage. The grips are in nice condition. There is a dent in the rowell hammer that makes it out-of-round on one side (see photos), but otherwise no significant dings or dents. The serial # is correctly matching all over the pistol, in at least five places.  Small-rowell hammers are rarely seen on early C.96 pistols — as most were either large-rowell or “conehammer” type hammers. Has the standard top-loading 10-round magazine. Nice shootable bore. The correct original lanyard ring in place, and it is still round. There is beautiful electric bluing still visible on the trigger (traces), extractor, and rear sight spring.  There is no stock-holster with this pistol, but those frequently are sold on eBay. Finding an original pre-1899 C.96 in this condition is a real rarity! (EBLS-896)


A Swedish M1894/14 carbine, 6.5×55 Mauser, that is nearly complete. Serial #5842. Dated 1895. 6.5mm Swedish, 18” barrel with a very good bore that has some minor freckling within the grooves. This is a Mauser Oberndorf-made carbine that has the modified 1914 nosecap with bayonet boss, and pre-’68 barrel extension fitted with glue (the screw holes are vacant and the wood is untouched beneath) that has run onto the barrel band as well. The metal retains about 60-70% of the original blue finish, with the balance faded to mottled, pewter gray. The non-matching numbered bolt has some of the original armory bright finish peeking through darker freckling on the bolt body and handle. The walnut stock and handguard are in good shape with numerous handling marks and scattered blemishes. There is a brass rack number disk on the comb of the buttstock: “106”.  The only major detractor is that it is glaringly missing its sling retainer. But I’m also including a new original Swedish ordnance spare leather sling retainer that I obtained in Sweden for you to retrofit. It can be attached with two very commonly available brass wood screws. (See photo with green background, in the gallery.) Because this carbine is missing its foreend screw and has mismatched numbers, I’ve priced it low. This carbine can certainly be used as-is, but it is also a good candidate for polishing and restoration. (CBIH-1894-LTII)


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