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Old December 11, 2011, 05:14 PM   #1
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Mauser c96 "broom-handle" info needed

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Guru1911 needs to assistance to research a barrel for a mauser c-96 "broom-handle" pistol.

Research i have completed, indicates this barrel is a "modell 1930" series, early model "step-barrel". Serial #829682 & chambered for 9mm parabellum. Everything checks out as the real deal, except for one thing---the barrel length !!!!!

From muzzle to the "step" it measures 8.75" & 14.50" from muzzle to the front of the cocking piece. Way too long for this series of pistols according to websites i investigated. Sorry, but i have no photos for you to look at.

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Old December 11, 2011, 05:37 PM   #2
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Sounds like one of the Fed Ord dressups of Chinese surplus.
They put on some odd length barrels and a lot of 9mm conversions for common ammo.

From what I could find, an original 9mm 1930 would be very scarce.
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Old December 12, 2011, 10:02 AM   #3
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Do you have any way to get pictures online?
The 'Red nine' C-96s were more common to have longer barrels on them. Which is what you sound like you're describing. Any other markings on it?
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Old December 12, 2011, 11:04 AM   #4
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The serial number puts it straight in the middle of the China contract. The question is, did it start out as 9 mm or was later opened up to fix a bad 7.63 barrel.
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Old December 12, 2011, 12:55 PM   #5
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I agree with Jim.

Over the past 20 or so years I've seen a lot of weirdness out of the Federal Ordnance C-96s.
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