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Lot 1522: Chinese Marked Broomhandle Semi-Automatic Pistol

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

Chinese C96 Broomhandle Semi-Automatic Pistol with Uniquely Marked Chamber

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,400 - $2,250

Chinese C96 Broomhandle Semi-Automatic Pistol with Uniquely Marked Chamber

Manufacturer: Chinese
Model: Broomhandle
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 7.63 mm Mauser auto
Barrel: 5 1/2 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: hardwood
Item Views: 515
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 370
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

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.

Rating Definition:

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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