This is a fine example of an arsenal refurbished Mauser Model 1896 Red Nine military contract pistol that was manufactured circa 1916 and is complete with a WWI combination wooden shoulder stock/holster. The right side of the pistol receiver is marked "WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER/OBERNDORF A NECKAR.", and the top of the chamber is marked "WAFFENFABRIK/MAUSER/OBERNDORF A/N." It is stamped with the serial number on the left side of the chamber and a script letter proof on the right side. It has the standard fixed front sight, the rear sight is graduated to 500 meters. It is fitted with the standard 23 groove grips, with both sides marked with the large number "9" filled with red paint. All components have matching serial numbers including the grips. The rear of the hammer is marked with the intertwined "NS" for new safety, and the top of the bolt is stamped with a single Mauser "crown/U" proof mark along with the last digits of the serial number. It has an all blued finish with a heat blued finish on the trigger, safety, rear sight elevation bar and extractor. As noted, it comes with a combination wooden shoulder stock/holster. The attaching iron is numbered "141", and the stock itself is unmarked and appears to be made from quarter sawn walnut or ash wood.
Very fine with 97% of the arsenal refurbished blue finish overall, edge and high spot wear, and some scratches and thinning of the blue on the underside of the barrel and rear grip strap where a stock was attached. The grips are very fine with nice distinct markings and handling marks and light nicks on the underside and front edges of the grips. Mechanically excellent. The stock is very good as it has been lightly sanded overall, and the attaching iron shows 60% of the original blued finish. The hinge shows 50% of a restored blue finish with minor pitting and erosion overall and heavier pitting along the edges of the hinge, and a crack in the body through the hinge and throat.
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