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WARTIME COMMERCIAL MAUSER BROOM, AUSTRIAN, SERIAL NUMBER 404682.

The Wartime Commercial Mauser Broom(termed 1896/12) was manufactured by Waffenfabrik Mauser at Oberndorf from 1915-1918 for the German Army. These bear a NS (Neue Sichrung, New Safety) on the back of the hammer, a 1000 meter tangent rear sight, and are in 7.63 Mauser caliber. (Volume I, page 38-39) These are found in the 280000 to 430000 serial range. A NS safety was added in November 1915, at serial number 280000, which marks the start of the Wartime Commercial serial range. Interspersed in this serial range are pistols that bear a C/scriptic letter German Army acceptance stamp. Almost all these pistols (with or without the Army acceptance stamp) were intended for Army service or for officer self purchase. In August 1917 the Prussian Army Arsenal offered the Wartime Commercial Mauser Broom for sale to officers (Volume I, page 127):

A few of these Wartime Commercial pistols, mostly in the 360000 to 430000 serial range, bear Austrian military acceptance stamps in the form of a W-n Austrian Eagle and a date. Most of these bear a German Army acceptance stamp. Almost all are Austrian dated 17. Ten are reported in the 376249 to 409047 serial range.


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Figure 1. Wartime Commercial Broom, serial number 404682, Austrian. Left side


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Figure 2. Wartime Commercial Broom, serial number 404682, Austrian. Top, showing tangent rear sight graduated to 1000 meters.


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Figure 3. Wartime Commercial Broom, serial number 404682, Austrian. Right side. It is manufacturer stamped WAFFENFABRICK MAUSER OBERNDORF A NECKAR above its right grip.


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Figure 4. Wartime Commercial Broom, serial number 404682, Austrian. Details of right side markings. The top of the chamber is Manufacture stamped WAFFENFABRICK / MAUSER / OBERNDORF A/N; the right flat is stamped W-n Austrian Eagle and 17; and the right side is stamped with a German Army C/scriptic letter acceptance stamp. The 17 is the date of Austrian acceptance. Most bear this date. The Austrian accepted Brooms are scarce.


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Figure 5. Wartime Commercial Broom, serial number 404682, Austrian. Details of right side markings. The C/C/U is a commercial proof .


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Figure 6. Wartime Commercial Broom, serial number 404682, Austrian. Inside of matched grips.


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Figure 7. Wartime Commercial Broom, serial number 404682, Austrian. Back end, showing the NS (Neue Sichrung, New Safety) stamped on the hammer. There were problems with the safety and by November 1915 (serial number 280000) a new improved safety was added and indicated by the NS.
 

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I'm an U.S. Army officer and took the following photos at the U.S. Army Infantry museum at Ft. Benning, GA. It is a wartime commercial broom serial number 376008 with the W-n AH Eagle 16 stamp and the grip backstrap marked R.3. 34. There is no history given in the display of the pistol, but I could talk to the curator and see what I can find out. Ryan



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