Mauser C96, Commercial Flatside, British Proofing.
Desirable mid-production Commercial Flatside, all matching, with British proofing. SN: 23971. Cal: 7.63mm. Standard configuration Flatside with 5.5" barrel and slip in 50-1000 rear sight. Long extractor and single lug firing pin. Standard three line chamber marking with full serial number on left chamber flat. Left side of barrel extension with Crown/Crown/U acceptance with antler proofing on the opposite side. Extensive British proof house marking on left side of bbl with smaller Crown/BNP on left side of barrel extension and on left side of frame near the subframe lug. The full serial number or the last three digits are repeated on the sight bar, bolt stop, bolt, firing pin, hammer, subframe, locking lever and frame. Disassembly shows all matching parts including each of the original walnut grip panels. Lanyard ring present. Condition: Approximately 85% original rust blue with usual wear on rails, sharp edges, and the front and backstraps that have largely toned from handling. Focus of noticeable pitting at leading edge of right rail. Comparable condition fire blue small parts and strawed trigger that show no evidence of enhancement. Dark grips with scattered handling dings retain much original varnish. Dull bore with shallow rifling. Perfect manual mechanics. One of the more desirable C96s, particularly when marked with British proofs. A HISTORIC INVESTMENT!
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