21. German C96 "Red Nine" Broomhandle Semi Auto Pistol by Mauser Oberndorf

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serial #876, 9mm, 5 1/2" barrel with a very good bore that shows scattered light pitting and frosting but strong rifling. The metal surfaces retain 85% original blue with a few spots of freckling, some silvering scratches and scattered fading to brown. The grooved Red Nine grips rate very good with scattered dings, handling marks and scratches. All serialized parts are matching including the grips, the right barrel flat has a military acceptance stamp and the left barrel flat is marked with a "(Crown)/U" commercial proof marking. An original brown leather holster, a Nazi brown leather stock carrier that is marked "cxb/1941/(Eagle)/WaA727" on the back, and two tools are included with this pistol. Early pistols were not marked with the characteristic "Red 9" on their grips, in December 1917 orders were issued to the German forces already issued these arms, to brand a "9" into the wooden grips and paint it red. This is clearly one of those field or armorer-marked guns. A fine example of a desirable C96 Broomhandle. (208400-11) {C&R} (1500/2000) SOLD FOR $3,450.00

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