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Old 05-14-2019, 3:27 PM
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Default Picked up a Broomhandle

Picked this up earlier this year and finally got around to snapping some pics.

This was one of 3 firearms that were my "last hurrah" with my 03FFL before it expired

Haven't had a chance to take it apart or shoot it yet but I definitely got it as a shooter.

It has a very 'brown' patina. The hammer looks like someone went at it with a wire brush or something. Bore looks nice. No rust to speak of but the grip frame under the wood is quite pitted.

Firing pin was broken but dealer friend of mine that I bought it from offered to replace it before I picked it up

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Nice find. At $620 it's a steal.
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I like it!
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^ thanks

Not sure if grips are original but they seem pretty frail so I'll probably get some repros from Numrich or Sarco

From the looks of it these are the "1930" grips, anyone know if these are correct?

http://www.e-sarcoinc.com/search.aspx?find=c96+grips

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Very nice and for a good price.
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Nice. I want one.
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Bring it by the next WEGC shoot - lots of Broomhandle experts if you had any questions, including me.

Definitely if you plan on shooting it, get a new set of Wolff springs and check the bolt stop for any damage - you don't want the bolt flying out into your face should it fail.
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Sweeeeeeeeet!
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^ thanks Syntax spring kit was my next move, then ammo which I'm realizing now might not be as simple now that my 03 has expired.

I've been well stocked on ammo for a while now and this is the first time in a long time that I'm not going to be able to just buy online
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Can’t beat that price.
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I love shooting mine, but the only downside is the cost of the ammo. Best I have found is about .45 per round.
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Have 2 of my own, love them super sexy pistol, and ya you got it at good price
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Nice
I've wanted one since I saw the move "Young Winston" as a kid



The Gun Digest Book of Pistolsmithing - Paperback – June 1, 1980
by Jack Mitchell (Author) Has a very well written chapter on repair and refinishing the C96

https://www.amazon.com/Gun-Digest-Bo...B543TN37SHT8CR
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The slightly pitted grip frame looks like the grip frame on my awesome shooter mix master. I've seen this on more than a few broomhandles in my life time. The grip frame was never very beefy to start out with. I shoot mine regular, but I always check it.I'm going to have a new grip frame installed. It doesn't bother me since its a mix master. There's a guy back east who does it. Mine pretty much eats anything including hollow points. It's easier to load using brass stripper clips instead of the steel.
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Nice find OP! I like it.

Is that a 1000 meter sight ladder?? That seems rather optimistic
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^ no way man, I can make that shot for sure (as long as the 1000 meter target is the side of a mountain)

Ordered full Wolff service pack and got email this morning it is 4-8 week back order so will be a bit before I have a chance to try
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Nice Broomhandle, they are quite snappy and nice flame from the 763 mauser ammo.
DEFINITELY check that Boltstop with a magnifier and look for ANY stress,cracks,etc because as mentioned it is THE ONE THING that keeps that bolt in the pistol. MANY BH's over the decades were fired with 762 Tok ammo and while they ARE dimensionally the same the Tok ammo is loaded hotter and beats the crap out of them. So be sure it is 763 mauser ,specially if it is older ammo, i have seen tok reboxed as old mauser ammo....

OH YEA, make sure you aim pretty low if at like a typical 25 yd range... they shoot high since the sights start at 50...

I love mine and a 9mm one would be great since the 9mm ammo is lower pressure and does not beat them up ...
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It's a model M30, they made them for about 5 years, 1930-1935. They were the only ones with serial stamped on slide, yours is an early model, later models had serial stamped on back of slide under rear sight.
Not all internal parts were stamped on early models and next to none stamped on later models, grips are correct for this model.
If it's 7.65 it is still original, just sold my M30 that was converted to 9mm, great gun and very accurate.
Before you shoot it check or replace the take down lock as they do crack and the bolt won't taste good if it does break.
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Gonna opt for a refurb or just keep as is?

A fascinating piece of history associated with that one.
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Other than repro grips to use for the range and a spring kit this one will be left as is
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