C96 disassembly and reassembly

The disassembly and reassembly of the Mauser C96 handgun. Also known as the Broomhandle.

As far as I know, a video like this hasn't been done before because it's a very complex gun. See how much I love you guys?


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Author Wolfgang - The Gun Doctor ( ago)
I'm a full-time, professional gunsmith and am VERY IMPRESSED w/ your video.
Thank you!

Author CUBETechie ( ago)
can i but an stack magazine inside? when i open the floor plate? 

Author Eliza ( ago)

Author Ijaz Tahirkheli ( ago)
this could be useful

Author Lawrence Rhodes ( ago)
Compared to the average modern military firearm, older weapons are much

Author Lawrence Rhodes ( ago)
Nope, it's too expensive to manufacture this firearm. If any replicas were
to be made, they'd only be slightly lower in price than the original
historic ones, and who would buy a replica for the same price as a historic
firearm when those are available for a few bucks more?

Author Fraggr92 ( ago)
I'm guessing you don't fire it since the internals appear to be pretty much

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
The bolt stop should not move outside of disassembly. Any movement during
operation should send up red flags about the condition of the stop, the
barrel assembly, or both.

Author Matthew Wong ( ago)
Should there be any up down movement on the bolt stop along with the normal
back to front?

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
The bolt stop should be intact, a little deformation is to be expected
since it's the only thing keeping the bolt from striking the shooter's eye.
However, the thing to be cautious about is cracks no matter how small. I'd
recommend replacing the part anyways since it's a high stress part and
extremely important.

Author Matthew Wong ( ago)
Hey I m getting a c96 bolo like yours in the video and I noticed your bolt
extension hole for the bolt stop is slightly deformed (probably from hot
ammo?) mine is like that as well and I was wondering if you had any
problems with shooting it?

Author 1337fraggzb00N ( ago)
dunno :D

Author Patria Nostra ( ago)
How about an external battery pack ?

Author TaZ101SAGA ( ago)
Very interesting firearm

Author BulletShogun ( ago)
i want one.... do any companies reproduce this gun?

Author NormanMatchem ( ago)
Not all of them; M1911 can be completely stripped to pieces without using
any tools whatsoever (Try that on a Glock or CZ75 lol), as can an SKS-45
(If you consider that old) minus the firing pin/extractor, and the M1891 is
reknown for simplicity. The M1 'Garand' and M1 Carbine can also be easily
stripped to nothing in a couple minutes with just a casing. P35 (Hi Power)
also needs no tools for a complete disassembly/reassembly, though the
trigger can prove difficult on rare occasions. Ah, history

Author NormanMatchem ( ago)
Stellar video. To think when this pistol design was completed, semi autos
were nigh unheard of, the M1895 was state of the art, the M1891 was still a
very young rifle, and there were more Lee Metfords than Lee Enfields.
Hollow points were allowed in the military, new-fangled bolt action rifles
were beginning to become more prominent, and black powder was still widely
used. Fascinating. Mind if I ask when that gorgeous piece of history was

Author 1337fraggzb00N ( ago)
Here in Germany we have some weird laws: we are allowed to own the parts,
but it´s forbidden to use them. That´s not specifically for guns, a few
years ago it was allowed to own Radios that were able to receive police
frequencies but it was forbidden to insert batteries *lol*

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
In the US, unless you are licensed and registered to manufacture/modify a
firearm's working action into full auto, it is highly illegal. Often just
owning the part which makes a firearm full auto is a felony.

Author 1337fraggzb00N ( ago)
A complete set (C96, buttstock, leather pouch, tools) in perfect condition
would cost about 2000-3000€ (dunno what´s that in US$). The original is not
9mm, it has the Mauser typical 7,63x25mm Parabellum. You can get cheap
modification parts to make it full auto, the parts are legel to buy, but of
course it depends on local laws if it´s legal to build them in.

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
Honestly, I'm not terribly sure. I've been seeing a few pop up in my area
between $600 and $1,000 in good condition. I guess you should expect to pay
between $500 and $1,500?

Author MuffpuffZ ( ago)
How much would a C96 cost? I plan on getting one in a few years ;)

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
If you really want a M712, your best and safest bet would be either an
airsoft of blank firing replica. Unless you can find an old one and have a
few hundred thousand kicking around.

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
Not to my knowledge. As far as I know, all of the M712 Schnellfeuer pistols
were 7.63x25 Mauser and were made in only Germany and Spain. The problem
with even trying to find a reproduction is that unless they were imported
prior to the machine gun ban, it would be illegal to sell or own. Also, the
National Firearms Act of 1934 placed a $200 tax stamp on all machine guns,
so it became impractical to import them into the US. There aren't but maybe
a handful in the US remaining.

Author JoesGeo ( ago)
This a very useful video. Thanks.

Author mowat440 ( ago)
Do you no if I could still try to pick one of thows up and like would it
would cost

Author FoxtrottKilo ( ago)
It is'nt Full-Auto. The Full Auto Version was produced in the late 1930's
an was called M712 an had a removable Mag..... This one is definitely a
C96. And Guy: Please don't call the old germans "Nazi's" This word is a
defamation for every normal and correct german. ;)

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
@Protherium Well, it's an early solution to a complicated problem. Not the
simplest, but definitely the most beautiful in it's complexity.

Author Protherium ( ago)
Really impressive to see a different lock system beyond all the Browning
and Beretta. I'm a Glock fan, but I would really like to have a C96.

Author KLOLWTF ( ago)
How much did this pistol cost?

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
@WestFordAlan Any very narrow flathead screwdriver. The original
screwdriver packaged with the pistol had a semi-circle shaped head, as
opposed to the flat point on a flathead screwdriver.

Author West Johnson ( ago)
The M1895 screwdriver is it the same tool used on the 1895 Nagant revolver?
Also what can be used instead of the M1895 screwdriver?

Author MosinDragunov1891 (130 years ago)
@dan13718 That's your opinion. You're welcome to express it.

Author MosinDragunov1891 (201 year ago)
@rodinal220 I wanted to have some nice music in the background, but I
couldn't find anything that would compliment the video, so I figured that
the sound of the parts was good enough. =) I have some old 1900-1910's
7.63x25mm SP ammo kicking about and it has a very heavy crimp which pretty
much pushes into the nickel jacket.

Author MosinDragunov1891 (560 years ago)
@dan13718 That was uncalled for.

Author rodinal220 ( ago)
I just bought one of these,a C96 Bolo Post War variant.Your video was more
informative than any of the online text instructions.I like how you DIDNT
have any heavy metal music or other annoying things.Nice straight forward
video. Thats an A-Zoom soild aluminum 'snap" cap/training dummy round
folks,not live ammo. Yes,a nice copper or lead bullet tip makes the perfect
take town tool for the mag floor plate,yup Mauser says to do this in the
manual.7.63x25 uses a heavy crimp,or should. Thanks!!!

Author HL Publishing ( ago)
Just a few words to tell you that an interesting downloadable ebook on this
model (technical and historic aspects) is available at

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
@wrig777 It is a solid dummy round. People are having an issue regarding
the use of commercial grade ammo instead. While you can, don't expect to
ever fire that round. The military grade cartridge has a much stronger
crimp than commercial grade ammo.

Author wrig777 ( ago)
Thanks MosinDragunov1891. Much, much better than a book. It seems from some
of the comments that people think it's a real cartridge. Looks like an
aluminum 9mm dummy cartridge to me.

Author Rudolf Dubrovszky ( ago)
THANK YOU THANK YOU. I just purchased a C96 in the 700000 range in good
condition. Will be getting it relined at redman. Thanks so much

Author BusterdBodycrab ( ago)
@MosinDragunov1891 There are a number of military weapons that use the
bullet tips as the preferred tool for take down or sight adjustment. And
No. Using military grade ammunition will not push the round in to the
casing. Military ammunition is crimped. Most quality commercial ammunition
is also tamper crimped with a factory crimp. Otherwise, just the action of
the round being fed and chambered from a clip or magazine will push the
bullet into the casing.

Author camerl2009 ( ago)
@MosinDragunov1891 still not a good idea with a live round no matter how
good the crimp is

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
@camerl2009 I don't know what else to say, that's exactly the "tool"
suggested in the original Mauser manual. Granted, it was for the original
7.63mm Mauser round and all the rounds I have are crimped pretty tight (I
actually have some 7.63mm rounds from the early 1900's).

Author camerl2009 ( ago)
@MosinDragunov1891 no but it could push the bullet down into the case
crating high pressure of corse you used a dummy round so no problem

Author LtBriJMAC ( ago)
Damn dats a sexy gun

Author hummerskickass ( ago)
@heretic1915 he is useing a dummy round they chamber and act the same way a
live round would but they dont fire. there useful for doing a complet
funtion check on a gun you just worked on

Author m riggs ( ago)
I bought a C96 .30 cal. about 15 years ago, and never did figure out how to
fully field strip and clean the gun, I usually only got partially
disassembled and had a really hard time reassembling it! Thanks for the
video, I'm going to get that gun out and give it a proper cleaning right

Author SweGunner71 ( ago)
Oh my, all those parts... and here I hesitate to break down my 1911. :)

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
@heretic1915 The original Mauser printed manual recommends using a bullet
to press the magazine floor plate button. It doesn't scratch or dent the
button or the floor plate.

Author Panda Theft ( ago)
using a bullet like that just seems like a bad idea you could just use
anthign thing that fits right?

Author dragon2x60 ( ago)
just bought a c-96 and got a good deal on it, but the springs are junk and
needed to know how to dissasemble and assemble back so that i can put th
springs in it when i get them, thank you!

Author Crim15 ( ago)
@MosinDragunov1891 Wicked..

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
@Crim15 I bought it at a local shop about a year ago. It's been rechambered
and rebarreled for 9x19mm so the rifling is "like-new". I bought it for
around $450 and am now considering trading it in for credit towards a new

Author Crim15 ( ago)
@MosinDragunov1891 How much did it cost and how much was it used? Probably
wouldn't last very long wouldn't it?

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
@Crim15 Hardly any parts are matching, but the serial number the gun is
registered with is from around the 1920's I believe.

Author Crim15 ( ago)
How old's this particular gun?

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
@Rachen30 The Mauser factory actually instructed that as the tool to use in
order to remove the floorplate. Those Germans really do think of everything!

Author Gun Basics Philippines ( ago)
Magnificent piece of history and art you got there! Thanks for sharing!
It's great seeing videos like this. I learned something new!

Author elgorro1970 ( ago)
Wow, quiet impressive video, Thanks

Author aetio2 ( ago)
Very good video, Sir!! One of my favourites...

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
@m1garand44 That sucks man. At least you have a goal to work towards now,
you've got to save up for your own. Maybe keep it to pass onto your

Author m1garand44 ( ago)
Thanks for that video! I actually don't have the C96, My father sold it :(
But it's always good to know how to disassemble a nice gun like that :D

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
@Skillow Gun shows or check your local gun store(s).

Author Skillow ( ago)
Where can I find an original C96 or a replica or something?

Author akagruntkiller ( ago)
thnk u good sir this video was a good watch just to make sure i didnt break
anything on my new 1896 mauser thats right, well at least the frame and
barrel. this isnt complicated its like 6 parts... i can disassemble mine
with out looking now thanks to this deliberately slow and well made video.
i love the fact you didn't add lame music the sound of this metal frame
snapping together is music to my ears just like the sound of it firing

Author Anureet Singh ( ago)
@strikeme5 its not that complicated as it looks . the gentleman who
demonstrated the dis-assembly did everything on purpose so that those who
do know how to clean it may learn to do so. I hav a c96 (Germany made) of
1917. My grandpa brought it from germany in 1917 when he went there as a
part of the royal british army from India during WW-l, it is still with me
and has nvr given any kinda trouble since I inherited it 10 years ago.

Author 910burns ( ago)
Good lord that was complicated.

Author lowikuken ( ago)
nice video man .. old guns is the best

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
@BryanReaper You're very welcome.

Author BryanReaper ( ago)
Just got a c-96 it rocks. thanks 4 making this video its going 2 help alot
in the cleaning of my gun.

Author J. Young ( ago)
Thanks for making this!

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
Thanks, that was the goal with this video. I hadn't seen anyone even try to
make a disassembly video and while there were good text instructions with
pictures, there were no videos I could find.

Author mike senn ( ago)
Great video. The first time that I took mine apart for cleaning was easy.
Thank goodness for the internet as a reference for when I got stuck putting
it back together. I had to follow an excellent textual description on
reassembly. This video would have helped back then.

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
No, the C-96 was not full auto.

Author sephirot133 ( ago)
is this full auto?

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
I passed the C96 up twice and I kicked myself for each those mistakes. So
when I saw this one in the shop, even though it's seen better days, I
jumped on it right then and there.

Author gamermanatwar1995 ( ago)
man i wish i own that gun

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
It was rebarrelled to 9x19mm by the previous owner.

Author MarshalZhukov ( ago)
Nice vid, good play by play. One of these days I'm gonna get me one of
those. What is yours chambered in?

Author MosinDragunov1891 ( ago)
Well, it IS the world's first successfully designed semi-auto handgun.

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