Mauser’s a storied name in firearm lore. Perhaps more than any of its creations, the Model 1898—with its staggered magazine and controlled round feed—permanently cemented the firm in small arms history. It was years ahead of other designs, issued to German troops during World Wars I and II and is made to this today.
Tonight on American Rifleman TV: Inside Leupold & Stevens; Remington American Hunter Model 700; Mauser Bolo Pistol
American Rifleman TV continues its U.S. northwest tour with a visit to Leupold & Stevens, the world's largest manufacturer of rifles with global distribution.
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.
Watch this feature segment on the "Handguns of World War I" from a recent episode of American Rifleman TV.
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.