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Hello everybody,
have a broom stock in my collections that needs to be identified - probably anyone here knows to help me:
The stock has the Mauser logo, as the late stocks on the 1930 Models.
The ataching iron however is a more early style, not with square edges but with round edges on the wood and iron (please see the pictures)
The stock has a serial number.
There are no Military acceptance marks!
my idea is that this pice could be made between WWI and WWII.
Is that probably a "Bolo" stock?


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You are correct on the time frame for your stock. It is appropriate for a C96 around the 500-600K range and indeed similar to the bolo stock pictured on page 133 in Erickson/Pate’s “Broomhandle Pistol”. Perhaps you had seen that picture and therefore asked if yours was a bolo stock. One can easily identify a bolo stock because a standard grip C96 will not fit into the stock.


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Figure 1. Side view of Three C96 stocks. From top to bottom, a late bolo long stock, a standard C96 stock, and an early short bolo stock. Similar configuration of the late bolo and standard C96 stock. All pre-mauser banner era.


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Figure 2. Grip openings for the three stocks. From left to right : late bolo, standard, early bolo. The smaller grip opening in the two bolo stocks is readily appreciated when compared to standard C96. By comparing the grip opening of your stock, you should be able to discern if it is for a bolo,
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John, thanks a lot for your help!
unfortunatedly I dont have much Broomhandle books, just the book "System Mauser", and I came to the idea of a Bolo stock, because I did see this kind of stock sold matching to a Bolo broom in an auction with that Mauser banner on the side.
I normally store a 1896/12 broom that stock, because they are matching together in the condition. So it should be a standard bolo stock - but why then the Mauser logo - which is only on later stocks?
You talked about a Mauser banner era - when was that?
What there is totally new for me, that they produced different size of openings!!!
And I be glad to see a short type of Bolo Stock!

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Your stock may originally have had a small stock opening, as many bolo stock openings were enlarged to accommodate the standard C96 grip.
My broomhandle interests are primarily in Mauser’s early C96 production, so I am not that well informed about late C96 models and at what serial number new changes were introduced. However I understand that the Mauser banner appeared on the stock about the time the banner was also placed on the gun i.e. the late postwar banner bolo (~500-600K serial range). The lug change, from rounded to square corner, did not occur until the 1930 model appeared (~750-800K serial range).
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John,
what I belive is that the stock is not alternated in the opening, I think I could recognize that.
I have some stocks I can compare!
It is original as shown in the pictures.
 
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