Mauser Pistols in Austro-Hungarian Service
It is generally known and accepted that 50,000 Mauser C96 'Broomhandles' were imported from Germany in 1916 by the Austro-Hungarian Army. However actual
A/H military acceptance dates range reported are from 'Wn15' to 'Wn17', which do not correspond well with a single 1916 transaction.
An example of the Austro-Hungarian 'Wn17' acceptance mark on a C96 pistol is on the left. Note the rare 2nd Austrian acceptance mark 'Hv36' on the same pistol.
Another example of the Austro-Hungarian 'Wn17' acceptance mark.
The 2nd Austrian acceptance mark 'Hv36' on the same pistol.
Austro-Hungarian unit mark 'I.R.11.74 (11th Infantry Regiment).
Alternate unit number: 'LFA.1610' (LuftFahrArsenal), the Austro-Hungarian Air Force during WW1.
This Austrian marked C96 pistol has 'Koluz 37' stamped on the grip strap. Another pistol was reported with 'Koluz 55'. Please contact the author if you know the meaning of 'Koluz'
C96 Holster and Shoulder stock
(Courtesy of Ted Kempster).
Some examples of these pistols can be found converted to the 8.15mm Rast & Gasser (8.15x27mm). Possible reasons for the caliber conversion:
- The 7.63mm ammo was running out and they still had plenty of 8mm Rast Gasser, (a late WW1 1918 emergency conversion).
- Worn barrels reworked to a caliber one size up. (post-WW1, lack of parts supply and/or Allied imposed limit on manufacturing new guns.)
- A possible rework to the standard Austrian caliber for the 2nd acceptance in 1936.
- To make it more confusing, there was a Cal. 8.15x25mm conversion in Germany. These pistols do not have any Austrian 'Wn' acceptance.
Please contact the author if you have more info about this conversion.
368712 Wn-16 383xxx 393990 Cal. 8.15x? Koluz 37 and 55 Please provide Austrian marked C96 serials, including Koluz numbers, if any
Mauser C96 Pistol Assembly Drawing and Parts List