Mauser "Broomhandle" C96

The C96 Mauser Pistol, known as the 'Broomhandle', seems strangely out of place in a section about 'Guns of the Old West', but it does make an appearance as a curiosity in several spaghetti westerns.

Although more readily associated with WWI, the Mauser C96 was patented in 1895, with full-scale production starting in 1897. It is not unfeasible therefore for Silenzio to be carrying one in 1898, in the film 'The Great Silence'.

The C96 had a 10-round magazine that was loaded with stripper clips, and was the first pistol to feature a reliable autoloading mechanism. The pistol came with a wooden holster which could be fitted to the handle of the gun, transforming it into a shoulder-fired carbine.

Clint Eastwood can be seen using a Mauser C96 in the John Sturges directed western 'Joe Kidd'.


Silenzio's Mauser is complete with the wooden holster that doubles as shoulder stock

The Mauser in 'Tepepa' changes hands several times.
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