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The Mauser C96: A Look Back

In this installment of "A Look Back," we're checking out the Mauser C96 "Broomhandle," one of the earliest semi-automatic handguns.

Magnificent Mausers: An Exploration Of Unusual Pistols And Carbines

With more than a million made, the Mauser C96 Broomhandle was one of the most successful pistols of all time. Less familiar are the many experimental and developmental Mausers that didn’t make the grade.

The Guns of the Boer Commandos

Superior Boer marksmanship and Mauser rifles exacted a high price from the British during the Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899-1902. But the Boers used other arms as well—everything from single-shots to "Long" Lee-Enfields.

Guns of the Easter Rising

In April 1916, Irish rebels rose up against the British Crown. Armed with a motley collection of obsolete and modern rifles, as well as handguns and shotguns, they resisted the might of the British Empire for five days before final defeat. The rebellion set in motion events that would lead to Irish independence.

Editor's Choice: Gletcher M712 CO2 Pistol

Gletcher, a company known for producing meticulously detailed pneumatic replicas of real firearms, has extended its product line to include the M712—a reproduction of the Mauser C96 Broomhandle’s M712 variant.

Guns of the Easter Rising

In April 1916, Irish rebels rose up against the British Crown. Armed with a motley collection of obsolete and modern rifles, as well as handguns and shotguns, they resisted the might of the British Empire for five days before final defeat. The rebellion set in motion events that would lead to Irish independence.

Chinese Broomhandles

While China was the first to invent and use gunpowder, its isolationist policy had left its armament industry in an abyss.

Angus McClellan’s Top 10 Handguns

Editors’ picks for the handguns that changed the world.

Glenn Gilbert’s Top 10 Handguns

Editors’ picks for the handguns that changed the world.

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