The 'Broomhandle' Mauser - pr_151991

The 'Broomhandle' Mauser



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At a time when most handguns were limited to six rounds, the ten-shot Mauser caught the attention of the world for its unprecedented firepower and formidable high-velocity 7.63x25mm cartridge. This saw its ultimate expression in the first-ever select-fire handgun - the 'Schnellfeuer' machine pistol, fed by a detachable magazine and offering both full-automatic and single-shot modes. The C 96 was the first semi-automatic pistol to see combat, arming both sides in the Second Anglo-Boer War, and seeing service with the German, Russian, Chinese and other militaries. Widely purchased commercially, it was carried by none other than Winston Churchill in the Sudan and South Africa, became prized by the Irish Republican Army and Soviet revolutionaries, and even armed Han Solo in the 'Star Wars' movies. Featuring full-colour artwork and an array of revealing photographs, this is the engrossing story of the C 96 Broomhandle Mauser, the ground-breaking semi-automatic pistol that armed a generation of military personnel, adventurers and revolutionaries at the turn of the 20th century.

Product code: 9781472816153

ISBN 9781472816153
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H248xW184xS7
Series Weapon
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
No. Of Pages 80
Illustrated By Peter Dennis
The Mauser Broomhandle semi-automatic pistol armed soldiers, law-enforcement personnel, adventurers, revolutionaries, and others in the years before, during and after World War I. From South Africa to China, this iconic handgun saw combat in a host of conflicts and achieved a prominence in popular culture that has made it a favorite among firearms collectors and enthusiasts.