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MAUSER M1896/12 BROOMHANDLE, SERIAL NUMBER 17003, FINNISH
Most of the Finnish (SA) marked Broomhandles are identical to the late wartime commercial M1896/12 (NS safety) except that they are in a different serial range. Reported SA marked Broomhandles appear in the 7600-9900 serial range and in the 17000-23000 serial range (the wartime commercial range is 290090 to 433900). We would be interested in information on any of these rare pistols. (Axis Pistols page 307-308; Volume I page 130 and 133; AUTO MAG XII page 50)

Germany supplied troops and arms to Finland in its battle for independence from Russia in 1917-1919. Germany probably supplied the Broomhandles to Finland during this period.



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Figure 1. Finnish Broomhandle, serial number17003, left side. This broomhandle has been arsenal refinished.




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Figure 2. Finnish Broomhandle, serial number17003, right side.




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Figure 3. Finnish Broomhandle, serial number17003, top showing details of the tangent sight graduated to 1000 meters and factory inscription over the chamber..




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Figure 4. Finnish Broomhandle, serial number17003, detail right side showing the frame logo and SA stamp.




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Figure 5. Finnish Broomhandle, serial number17003, left side showing details of the Mauser CC/U proof, serial number, and Finnish SA stamp.




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Figure 6. Finnish Broomhandle, serial number17003, showing the bottom of the barrel and M/H mark.




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Figure 7. Finnish Broomhandle, serial number17003, back of gun showing NS on hammer (signifing new safety) and partial and full serial numbers.




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Figure 8. Finnish Broomhandle, serial number17003, inside of grips showing 17003 serial number.
 

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Jan,

There is a scan of my [SA] marked broomhandle in the posting I did on "My Finnish Collection". I will get you more details and more scans if you wish. I think I recall the serail number range being int he 23,000 range.
 

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Any additional information that you have on your Finnish Broom would be most appreciated, particulary the serial number.
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The marking [SA] was introduced during 1942. Many Finnish C96's are without this stamp, because they were often personal sidearms that were taken to home after the war. I would assume mainly those in army depots or reconditioned ones were SA-stamped.

I have two C96/1912 of the supposed Finnish contract. One is in 21000-range and another #24802 (high serial!). However, neither is SA-stamped, but probably they both belong to the Finnish contract.

J. Belford and J. Dunlap wrote that some (all?) contract C96's had a contract number under the rear sight. Both of the above Mausers have such a number, #24802 has 249 under the rear sight.

I would be very interested in those contract numbers too, do they have some common logic, do they provide any additional information?

Do your C96's have a contract number?


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The marking [SA] was introduced during 1942. Many Finnish C96's are without this stamp, because they were often personal sidearms that were taken to home after the war. I would assume mainly those in army depots or reconditioned ones were SA-stamped.

I have two C96/1912 of the supposed Finnish contract. One is in 21000-range and another #24802 (high serial!). However, neither is SA-stamped, but probably they both belong to the Finnish contract.

J. Belford and J. Dunlap wrote that some (all?) contract C96's had a contract number under the rear sight. Both of the above Mausers have such a number, #24802 has 249 under the rear sight.

I would be very interested in those contract numbers too, do they have some common logic, do they provide any additional information?

Do your C96's have a contract number?


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The broom shown above, sn 17003, has a 67 under the rear sight.
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Hello,

I have posted a few pictures of my c96 mauser on www.1896mauser.com in the forum under the post wartime commercial is it a rebuild or legit. The c96 in question appears to be a wartime commercial but has the serial number 9397 throughout the pistol and the stock iron is marked with just a 7. There are no SA stamps on the pistol. It has the new safety. Any ideas?!?
 
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