At first look, the Mauser C96 seems as ungainly as a newborn colt. Its weight and bulk hardly lends itself to any modern notion of a carry gun, but a closer inspection reveals a gracefulness in construction no longer seen in today’s pistols.
The modern, clip-loaded Model 1889 Mauser chambered in 7.65x53 mm was used by Belgian troops to slow down the German onslaught in 1914. It was superior Belgian marksmanship and the Model 1889 that gave the French and British time to pull off the "Miracle of the Marne."
One of Germany’s leading arms industrialists during the Third Reich, von Lossnitzer served as technical director of the Mauser Works in Oberndorf for a dozen years before immigrating to America and continuing his gun-designing career with the U.S. Ordnance Corps.