One of the most popular handguns in China in the early 20th century, the Broomhandle was sought out for both its impressive firepower and fine ergonomics. Due to it's extreme popularity, Mauser found itself sharing space with the Spanish Astra Broomhandle, and Chinese made copies of a wide range of quality. This example is very well made, showing minor dimensional differences and bearing a set of three Chinese symbols on top of the chamber. Blade front and 1000-meter rear sights, with matching numbers present on the trigger housing, frame, trigger and the serrated grips. No Mauser markings or German proofs are present as would be expected.
Very good, with 30% of the arsenal blue finish, showing a mixed brown and gray patina overall, mild spotting and scattered handling marks. The heavily worn grips are fair, with some mild dings and dents and some wear on the grip screw. The locking block does not fully engage, and as currently configured the hammer does not reach the firing pin, otherwise mechanically functions fine.
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