Nicholas C

Co-Founder of KRISSTALK forums, an owner’s support group and all things KRISS Vector related. Nick found his passion through competitive shooting while living in NY. He participates in USPSA and 3Gun. He loves all things that shoots and flashlights. Really really bright flashlights.

Any questions please email him at nicholas.c@staff.thefirearmblog.com


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  • Azril @ Alex Vostox

    DAMMIT OLEG! WHERE’S THE BOOBS!?

    • Trust me. You do not want to see mine.

  • An Interested Person

    I actually like this a lot. Functional, but it also looks nice.

    • That particular one is not for sale, but I could probably be talked into making others.

      • nemo27

        for a navy Luger perhaps?

        • Unless it is dimensionally identical to the C96, probably not :).

  • Vhyrus

    Why has a company not come out with an affordable functional copy of a broomhandle in 9mm? I would buy one!

    • iksnilol

      From what I understand it is because the mechanism takes much machining to make. Remember, there is only one screw and it holds the grips on. That means fine tolerances, which mean much time and money.

      Sidenote: Anyone have any Mauser C96 blueprints? Or where to get some?

      • Vhyrus

        It doesn’t have to be an exact copy. They could make it direct blowback if they want to. It just has to look and shoot like a mauser.

        • Sam Schifo

          I don’t think you could make a direct blowback 1896 Mauser in 9mm, you couldn’t make the bolt have enough mass to be safe to fire. .380 ACP or .32 Auto. might work though, if the spring pressures were messed with. Heck, I’d love to see a .22 LR version.

        • Eric S

          I’d argue the cost to make one would exceed the cost to buy used, which would be a hard sell for any company to do as more than a promotion. Maybe when used exceed the $2k mark for the low grade you’ll see them made again.

      • Tamara Keel

        “Remember, there is only one screw and it holds the grips on. ”

        You know, most autoloading pistols don’t have any screws (except the ones holding the grips on). Yet this shibboleth keeps getting repeated….

    • Rusty Shackleford

      With todays super accurate 5-Axis machines, I don’t see why not.

      • iksnilol

        No matter how you look at it or which machines you use, there is a lot of machining to be done. Lot of machining = lot of time = lot of money to be profitable.

  • iksnilol

    Kydex for a C96? Was expecting leather, keeping it classy that is.

  • 2hotel9

    Nice, brah!!! Now I don’t feel like quite such a dinosaur for carrying my Walther P1/38 in an SoB Uncle Mikes nylon beater holster. 😉

  • 2hotel9

    And yes. I, too, would happily buy and use a C96 repro in 9mm.

    • Raven

      Pfft, screw 9mm. Now, a modern clone of the Shanxi Type 17 .45ACP Mauser…that I can dig. Even better, make one in 10mm or .460 Rowland.

      • 2hotel9

        I think going with a caliber larger than 9mm would force too many changes in the design. As Iksnilol pointed out it has very tight tolerances. I have fired two different C96s and love them, that cartridge is very light compared to modern rds, though. Have to beef up every dimension to handle the higher pressures and stronger recoil, don’t think it would work out in the end.

        I would be just pleased as punch to be able to throw 147-167gr JHP subsonics with one.

        • iksnilol

          The tolerances aren’t a problem for the different cartridges. .45 acp Mausers have been done and can been done again (especially with the better metallurgy). Tolerances are only problematic from a maintenance and a manufacturing standpoint.

          Personally? I couldn’t settle for only one, would like one in 9mm, .45 acp, 7.62 Tokarev and .32 acp. Preferably with an integral suppressor.

          • 2hotel9

            My thought process on it is that the slide and frame would have to be “expanded” for cartridges bigger than the original 7.63 Mauser. Although, checking in my stacks I find that C96 was produced in 9mm Para, along with several other variants, so all I have to do is find one of them and I am a happy camper. I would still like one newly manufactured from state of the art materials. But hey, Jack, thats why it is called a wish list!!!!

          • iksnilol

            Don’t forget that it was also produced in .45 acp, was something about a warlord who didn’t want the pistols to use different ammo than his Thompsons.

            Shanxi type 17 it is called IIRC.

          • Phil Hsueh

            I don’t know about the warlord but I do recall reading that the C96 in .45ACP was submitted for the trials that ended up seeing the US adopt the 1911.

          • iksnilol

            It is the forst one under “Notable copies”:

            http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauser_C96

          • 2hotel9

            I stand thoroughly corrected. Went through 2 reference books and SHAZAM there is C96 chambered in .45acp and made in China.

            And that “warlord” was a close personal friend of Cherri Chenault and FDR. Or his wife was. Still some debate on that point.

      • Rusty Shackleford

        AHHH, you beat me to it! Fun Fact: The Shanxi Type 17 originated firing a handgun “Gansta style” to keep from getting hot brass dropped on your head.

  • Ro b

    Definitely not a concealed carry pistol lol

  • kipy

    Such a Han Solo blaster

    • Cynic

      Is it wrong that I would be tempted to make a real c96 look like solos blaster and shoot tracer at night?

  • Fruitbat44

    That is weird. It’s like something from a alternative universe where firearm development stopped in the late nineteenth century while everything else moved on.
    However while I do think it’s weird, I also think that it is seriously cool. 🙂

    • 2hotel9

      If you ever get the chance to fire one you will be hooked. I love them, just can’t afford one.

  • gunslinger

    awesome