Mauser C-96 (Mauser K-96), a legendary weapon, a heavy, powerful gun, developed by Mauser brothers.
The gun was developed in 1893 Federle brothers, who worked at the Arms Factory at other brothers Mauser. Another two years have gone on completion of their latest model automatic pistol, even when the role of Paul Mauser. Because the owner of the arms factory was the Mauser design Federle was patented in the name of Paul Mauser, first in Germany (11 September 1895), and by year in England (1896).
Batch creation of the gun began in 1897, received a baptism of fire Mauser during the first Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902.) In the military, he immediately gained recognition and success. Until 1908 it produced 70 thousand guns.
Distinctive design features of the Mauser C-96 were adjustable sight, bolt, hidden in the receiver, trigger block design (trigger mechanism) placed in front of the trigger guard box store, with a hinged lid, placed "on the rifle," checkerboard placement rounds. Included with the gun holster was wood, which could be used as the butt, turning into a light Mauser carbine. Especially for Mauser, based on Chuck 7.65 "Borchardt" was developed cartridge 7,63 × 25 "Mauser".
In 1900, a Mauser K-96 appeared harsh rivals Browning pistol and gun Luger 'Parabellum'. On the background of all the defects Mauser became clearly visible, it was folded into the ready, is sensitive to contamination, it was awkward to load and size of the gun, compared with rivals were simply enormous.
This led to the fact that the adopted Mauser was adopted only in part, and then because of the lack of Parabellum. With all of this change took caliber pistol and 9 mm and fit a regular cartridge 9 × 19 "Parabellum". Mauser converted to safety should be numbered nine on the handle as when shooting 9mm cartridge pistols 7.63 mm gap occurred trunk.
In Russia, the first Mauser appeared in 1897 under the title "Mauser block" or "Mauser number 2." "Mauser number 1" called pocket 6.35-mm pistol model. In Russia since 1913 Mauser were in service with the pilots of airplanes and cars and motorcycle parts.
The greatest popularity in Russia Mauser acquired after the revolution, thanks to the British by the White Guard of the vast amount of these guns fall into the hands of Basmachi. In 1922 1930gg. for the Cheka-OGPU and the Red Army was bought by a huge number of 7.63 mm Mauser, these guns were very popular with the Bolsheviks. In the west, they even got the title "Bolo Mauser" (Bolshevik Mauser).
Such a general spread and popularity of the gun has even led to the fact that in 1928, the 7.63-mm pistol cartridge "Mauser" became a full cartridge. Caliber equaled with "three-way" 7.62 mm, and the primer was applied to the cartridge "revolver".
Mauser K-96 was subjected to multiple upgrades. The upgraded model 1912 pistol was different indescribable "vitality" and improved ballistics. Spanish Astra 900 pistol was developed on the basis of the scheme of K-96. Astra models were 901-904 translator fire mode. Mauser automatic models 711 and 712 except for an interpreter were also removable magazines for 10, 20 and 40 rounds. But the guns with translators had very low performance accuracy of fire, because these models are adopted Mauser has been taken. In China, the K-96 earned the nickname «Boxed Cannon», copies of various caliber handgun issued directly to 45 (11.43 mm). Like all Chinese copies of strongest gun had a spread of bullets, aiming to shoot a Chinese Mauser was impossible under any criteria.
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