The Mauser C96 was German a semi/fully-automatic pistol, masterly machined to deliver rapid-fire destruction. It was the Close-Range weapon of the Waffen SS.
The most distinguishing features of the C96 were the integral box magazine located in front of the trigger, the long barrel, and the detatchable shoulder stock that could double as a holster or carrying case. The weapon was nicknamed the "Broomhandle" from the shape of its grip.
- Range: 200 yards
- Ammo: 7.63x25mm Mauser
- Magazine: 20 rounds
- Muzzle Velocity: 1,575 feet per second
- Weight: 39.9 oz
- Action: Semi-automatic or fully-automatic
The Luger and Mauser Luger were some of the first semi-automatic magazine pistol designs; almost replacing the revolvers due to their superior reloading capabilities. Revolvers still are produced today, but are less common.
The Mauser C96 was available to civilians and police forces as well as military units upon introduction. In addition to Germany, it was used by Spain, Italy, Austria-Hungary, Italy, the Ottoman Empire, and the Republic of China, and was widely popular with British officers prior to World War I, with Winston Churchill himself favoring it. It saw action in both World Wars, the Spanish Civil War, Chinese Civil War, and the Estonian War of Independence. The Mauser is no longer mass produced today because its weird shape and certain problems with reloading its magazine.