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Posted: 8/26/2005 5:13:26 AM EDT

I have been wanting a 1896 Broomhandle Mauser for 20 years and never came across one that was in 99% condition, all matching and also reasonably priced. Last weekend, I met a guy at the gun-show that said he had one that he's owned for 30 years, it was "nice", and he wanted to sell it. I gave him my number and waited. Years of gun trading has taught me that everyone's version of "nice" varies greatly. So I took what he said with a grain of salt and didn't think about it much after that.

Last night he calls and said he wanted to bring it over for me to look at. When I unzipped the pouch, I almost splooged right there. It has all matching numbers, a mint bore and 99% blueing. His price was VERY reasonable. So I bought it. I've done a little research on it and I believe it was made around 1914 and it's a commercial model that was imported to the USA.


The pre-war 1896 Mausers are all hand fitted with the most amazing workmanship you'll ever seen in a firearm. This was an era of firearm making that took place before WWI, before parts were made to loosley fit on any gun, when each part was perfectly fitted by really experienced guns-makers, when firearms were considered an art-form.

Thanks for looking.










Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:15:51 AM EDT
wow!

I've been wanting one of them for years! That is a pice of work!

Bomber
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:16:16 AM EDT
Congrats you bastard!
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:16:27 AM EDT
Holy crap. I do believe that's the nicest one I've ever seen (in person or in photo form).
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:20:16 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:22:57 AM EDT
Truly a thing of beauty................

I've always wanted myself. I even considered getting one of those Chinese Bolos, just "to have"

Congratulations!


Now you need to get the next model to complete the set:


Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:26:55 AM EDT
1000 yards site? You could probably catch the bullet in your hand at that range.

Nice find, Sure is in great shape!
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:28:19 AM EDT
TS

Great find. Looks like your 20 year wait paid off in spades.

Congrats

FB
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:30:07 AM EDT
1000 meters I bet. 28 foot difference at that range. Not that it matters.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:35:02 AM EDT
Wow.

Not many like that around.

Let us know how it shoots.

(You WILL shoot it, right???)
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:37:29 AM EDT
Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet.

Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:39:04 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:41:53 AM EDT

Originally Posted By John_Wayne777:
Wow.

Not many like that around.

Let us know how it shoots.

(You WILL shoot it, right???)




All morning I've been trying to decide if I'll shoot it or not. I've shot every gun I've ever owned except for one (an unfired 1920's Mauser 24/30). I think I will shoot the 1896 if I can find some ammo that I know is non-corrosive (it's a 7.63mm Mauser).
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:45:45 AM EDT
Very nice piece.

Please shoot it and enjoy it.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:46:59 AM EDT
DAMN!! When you buy your dream gun, you don't fuck around. That thing is beyond nice.

LL
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:48:29 AM EDT
Nice find!

Imagine in 1896 having a semi-automatic pistol that held 10 rounds in the magazine, could immediately be fully recharged with a 10-round stripper clip, could be used as a pistol or quickly converted into an effective carbine and fired an 86-grain bullet at 1,400 fps!

But you know what's REALLY cool about them?


They're made without pins or screws, composed entirely of hand fitted interlocking parts.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:52:16 AM EDT
Schweet!!! Pretty ambitious rear sight though.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:52:44 AM EDT
w00t!
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:55:54 AM EDT
I love those hand machined tool marks. Absolutely awesome. The question is, did he include the wooden holster/stock? If so, why no pics of it?

BTW, it is not 1000 yard sights, it is 1000 meters.....A little less and will take you some conversion.


As to the purchase itselt
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 5:59:37 AM EDT
Very, VERY nice. Good job man.

Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:01:28 AM EDT

Originally Posted By osprey21:
They're made without pins or screws, composed entirely of hand fitted interlocking parts.

IIRC, there's a downside to that: if you assemble it incorrectly, a hole must be drilled in the side of the frame so you can disassemble it.

Kharn
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:05:58 AM EDT
Very nice. If it is trully an unfired unit I would expect the toggle action to wear upon itself and mark itself up with only a little use. If this is the case you (sigh) should not fire it as value will suffer greatly .
If on the other hand it is a 99% finish gun that has been fired (and basicly broken in with all expected wear marks on the action) you should scare up some modern ammo (or reload some) and carefully have a blast shooting the beast. Just have a nice clean mat to set it down on and be very carefull when cleaning it so to not leave any marks on it .
Either way enjoy!
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:06:31 AM EDT
Veeerrrry nice . Definately a sweet score . Congrats to you sir.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:06:47 AM EDT
Excellent! Congrats!
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:10:20 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:12:56 AM EDT
Man, that's awesome!
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:19:56 AM EDT
S W E E T .

Congrats.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:22:00 AM EDT
What a beauty!!

If I had it, I don't know if I'd shoot it. Tough decision.

Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:27:29 AM EDT
Congrats!!!!
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:29:54 AM EDT
That is an amazing broomhandle! Congratulations.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:31:54 AM EDT
that is incredibly sweet!!! at the opposite end of the spectrum, i present this: www.auctionarms.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=6627247

now, is this really FAIR condition??? you can't even see the numbers on the sight!!!
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:33:26 AM EDT

Originally Posted By PsyWarrior:
I love those hand machined tool marks. Absolutely awesome. The question is, did he include the wooden holster/stock? If so, why no pics of it?

BTW, it is not 1000 yard sights, it is 1000 meters.....A little less and will take you some conversion.


As to the purchase itselt




He had a shoulder stock with it but it was not matching. It was a great looking stock with the exception of someone had attached brass cursive lettering (attached with brass tacks) about 1" tall to one side of the stock saying "Le Blanc". I'm like WTF is that?????? I negotiated a price without the stock and figured I'd find a more proper one without some Frenchie name on it.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:35:54 AM EDT

Originally Posted By hardcorps1775:
that is incredibly sweet!!! at the opposite end of the spectrum, i present this: www.auctionarms.com/search/displayitem.cfm?itemnum=6627247

now, is this really FAIR condition??? you can't even see the numbers on the sight!!!




"Fair condition" ??????? HAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! lol!!! That thing is like NEGATIVE 500%.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:37:05 AM EDT
Very nice. Truly a work of art.

Congrats.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:37:47 AM EDT
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:38:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/26/2005 6:39:19 AM EDT by Aimless]
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:42:48 AM EDT
How much do those things cost? They seem pretty cool.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:43:22 AM EDT

Originally Posted By nhsport:
Very nice. If it is trully an unfired unit I would expect the toggle action to wear upon itself and mark itself up with only a little use. If this is the case you (sigh) should not fire it as value will suffer greatly .
If on the other hand it is a 99% finish gun that has been fired (and basicly broken in with all expected wear marks on the action) you should scare up some modern ammo (or reload some) and carefully have a blast shooting the beast. Just have a nice clean mat to set it down on and be very carefull when cleaning it so to not leave any marks on it .
Either way enjoy!



It appears that it's maybe been fired or dryfired less than 20 rounds from looking at the hammer (you know how the firing pin will leave a ring mark on the hammer). The bolt face looks unfired and the bluing has not even worn off of the extractor lip. If it's been fired, it was only one or two mags.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:46:57 AM EDT
Great find!

I know a guy who is a serious collector and has 2. You wouldn't believe his collection of S&W revolvers, like walking in history!
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:51:25 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/26/2005 6:52:46 AM EDT by 1IV]
Wow ....just wow. I had a coffee can shoved at me with parts to one of those... it was missing a part or two. No one could figure it out. I did, and we sold the part assembled, and it needed a refinish job, for $500$ so if you got that honey as nice as it is for under $1000$ your in like flyn. Sweet sweet guns. Puting them together you realize that an gunsmith was an artist back then.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:53:03 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Sniper_Wolfe:
How much do those things cost? They seem pretty cool.




They vary greatly in price. This guy has some of the nicest ones around and he has maybe two dozen for sale at the below link.


Many 1896 Mausers For Sale Here
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 6:58:26 AM EDT
Well, I came.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 7:01:40 AM EDT
WOW! I'm sooooo jealous.


Hey, remember when there were ads in the shotgun news for these things for like $89. Yeah, I could kick myself in the ass for not ordering a box of them. I've been wanting one ever since.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 7:08:31 AM EDT
One of the most distinctive firearms out there. Very nice. 99% for a gun made almost 100 years ago... How cool is that?
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 7:20:49 AM EDT
Thanks guys! I appreciate all the complements.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 8:02:10 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/26/2005 8:28:34 AM EDT by AZMAN-1]
It's already been said, but I must say it again. 'That truly is a work of art!!!'

The 'fit and finish' is exquisit, you can see that by the way the 'handle' mates to the frame, beautiful!!

Congratulations on such a nice find, I would be beyond pround to own a piece like that, alas that is not in my destiny..

Enjoy!!!...


(As for firing it, man , I'm not sure I could stand the temptation. But I could understand if you don't!!)
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 8:24:18 AM EDT
Broomhandles are one of the coolest guns around. I'd love to have one, but I'd be nervous about firing any that I could afford.

That one is so damn nice I'd be afraid to shoot it, just cuz it's so pristine.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 8:33:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 8/26/2005 8:33:52 AM EDT by TacticalStrat]

Originally Posted By DarkKnight:
Broomhandles are one of the coolest guns around. I'd love to have one, but I'd be nervous about firing any that I could afford.

That one is so damn nice I'd be afraid to shoot it, just cuz it's so pristine.




Thanks man!

After someone posted that if you assemble it wrong you have to drill a hole in the receiver, I'm scared to even take it apart. I need to find some detailed disassembly instructions.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 8:34:48 AM EDT
Damn nice find.
Link Posted: 8/26/2005 8:53:12 AM EDT
Wow, truly a work of art!

Nice find, and congrats!
Link Posted: 8/27/2005 12:35:02 PM EDT

Originally Posted By TacticalStrat:
All morning I've been trying to decide if I'll shoot it or not. I've shot every gun I've ever owned except for one (an unfired 1920's Mauser 24/30). I think I will shoot the 1896 if I can find some ammo that I know is non-corrosive (it's a 7.63mm Mauser).



It would be a sin to own it unless you put at least one clip through it.

If you can't bear the thought, send it to your old buddy John_Wayne777. I'll be gentle. I promise....
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