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Lot 1520: Chinese Shansei Arsenal 45 ACP Broomhandle Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Desirable Chinese Shansei Arsenal 45 ACP Broomhandle Pistol

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,250 - $3,500

Desirable Chinese Shansei Arsenal 45 ACP Broomhandle Pistol

Manufacturer: Chinese
Model: Broomhandle
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 45 ACP
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Item Views: 473
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 370
Class: Modern Handgun

One of the most popular handguns in China, the Mauser Broomhandle would become one of the signature weapons of the Second Sino-Japanese War, with both original and Chinese arsenal manufactured Broomhandles extensively used by both the Nationalist and Communist forces against the Japanese (and later against each other). This style of Broomhandle is chiefly associated with the Nationalist-run Shansei Arsenal, upscaling the classic Broomhandle design to the 45 ACP cartridge, which was readily available due to American material support against Japan. The right side of the frame is marked with a series of Chinese characters, and the left side has the Chinese factory markings, with the left side of the chamber area stamped with serial number "1703". Blade front and tangent rear sights, graduated to 1,000 meters, with import marks on the gripstraps, a small ring hammer, and ribbed grip panels.

Rating Definition:

Very fine, with 75% of the original blue finish, showing areas of mixed brown and gray patina, mild spotting and light handling marks. The grips are very good, with some mild dents. Mechanically very good.

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