C96 Mauser 'Broomhandle' Pistol, light wood grips, #22-1024M
Mauser C96 'Broomhandle' , light grips
- Since relatively few Mauser C96 pistols were made, compared to other WWI and WWII pistols, they are rare, and fetch premium prices in the collector market. Our full-sized metal and wood, non-firing replica is authentically detailed, with the size and heft of the real thing, but not the hefty price tag.
HISTORY: First developed in 1896, the C/96 broomhandle saw action in both World Wars. The long barrel, square magazine (located in front of the trigger) and broom-handle-shaped grip gave the C-96 its distinctive appearance and nickname.
While the C96 was not a "military-issue" weapon, individual military officers often purchased the C-96 as their personal side arm. Winston Churchill and T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) both fancied and carried C-96 pistols during their military service
Thanks to its distinctive size and shape, it has appeared as a "foreign" or "exotic" pistol in numerous TV shows and movies. You can see it in action in the Clint Eastwood western move, "Joe Kidd". Its most famous movie appearance, though, was in the guise of a futuristic space weapon. The Mauser C-96 was the model for Han Solo's "blaster" in the original trilogy of "Star Wars" movies.