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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.

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.

A Look Back at the Mauser C96

At first look, it’s as ungainly as a newborn colt. More than a foot in length and weighing about 2 3/4 pounds loaded, 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 Mauser C96

One of the earliest automatic pistols enjoyed a pretty healthy service life. Mauser's exotic C96 is often called the Broomhandle because of the distinctively shape of the butt.

Spanish Broomhandles

Spanish manufacturers developed a “broomhandle” pistol to undermine Mauser influence in China.

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