21st Century holster for 19th Century gun

My friend Linoge has a factory chromed 1896 model Mauser. The gun itself was made in the early 20th century, but the design predates the Second Boer War!

He made a modern carry holster and clip carrier for it.

As you can see, it rides close to the body and makes the pistol available for rapid deployment.

While not the ideal defensive design, C96 shows that even nearly 120 year old designs work well enough for carry. And Β the foes of legal self-defense would have to ban not just modern firearms but all the pre-modern designs also. Ironically, they would be using militarized police troops with modern guns to enforce the civilian disarmament — truly “War is Peace” after Orwell.

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24 Responses to 21st Century holster for 19th Century gun

  1. Mauser never plated its guns β€” certainly not over rust pits seen in these photos.

  2. LarryArnold says:

    Was debating a young (young to me) lady recently when she assured me she respected the Second Amendment but she “grew up before we had all these modern automatic guns.”

    Dang near bit my tongue off giving her a history lesson without saying, “But you don’t look that old.”

    • Windy Wilson says:

      So she believes without explicit amendment the Constitution applies only to the technologies from 225 years ago? She really is that old; she grew up before the internet, TV, Radio, and the Linotype machines!
      And the right to privacy only applies to technologies available then, too?
      Sorry to beat such a dead horse, but the Constitution is a living document when they want it to be one, and holy writ when they don’t.

  3. Linoge says:

    So the previous owner tells me that the owner before him did an exhaustive serial number check on the firearm – or, at least, as exhaustive as one can do, considering that Germany… misplaced… a large number of its records over the years – and came to the conclusion that the firearm was nickle plated from the factory, as a commercial production rather than a military one.

    People seem to be of disagreement as to whether Mauser actually did any such plating; some admit the possibility, some do not.

    The rust pitting you see on the gun is predominantly on the bolt and hammer assembly, neither of which have matching serial numbers with the body and may have been replacements.

  4. Storyteller says:

    And remember, the C96 can be carried cocked and locked because the safety works in the correct direction. Mine is still a joy to shoot. That is really a neat rig. I think we can
    expect to see that is a movie soon.

  5. Ray says:

    The C-96 is a dangerous weapon to carry “cocked and locked”, But I love the 7.63 Mauser for knocking a hole in stuff (it has better penetration on hard targets than the .357 Mag)

    • Y. says:

      7.62×25 Mauser isn’t the same as 7.62×25 Tokarev..
      .. the first one is about as kinetic as 9×19. I doubt it penetrates better than .357.

      Now, a modern replica C96 with a box magazine and able to withstand the Soviet loading would be neat.

  6. SiGraybeard says:

    The 1896 C-96 Mauser is an “assault weapon” under the Bloomberg boilerplate laws that were shoved down the throats of Coloradans. (They tried here in Florida but were kicked out.)

    The reason? It has a magazine that isn’t in the grip.

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  8. ensitue says:

    A horizontal, small of back, carry is the logical place for a C-96 as is a vertical SH with the ammo in an off side vertical rig

  9. Rob L says:

    You seem to have the most EXPERT of all Gun experts commenting here…

    • Towerclimber37 says:

      well, considering that Larry has underwear with more range time than a lot of folks..yeah. and every one of those posters is right about the troll, unless he was making a REALLY bad joke….That pistol is mother huge. if it were a revolver it would be a horse pistol. Since I know both the previous owner of that particular pistol and the current owner (heck of a guy!) and have shot that particular C96 I can absolutely tell you, you don’t want it hanging down the crack of your …fundament.
      also, on a side note, I really love the gun culture. you get to meet so many genuine individuals. they have good hearts, sharp minds and capable hands.
      what better people could you ask to be around?

      Just sayin..

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  11. Joel says:

    That is just awesome. If that’s not your standard blogmeet carry gun from now until the heat death of the universe, Linoge, you have no sense of style.

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  13. Storyteller says:

    ensitue, that type of rig (the horizontal sob like you advocate) was usede in a movie, “The Second Best Secret Agent in the Whole Wide World”. From the title you can tell this was an extremely well made, high powered action thriller,( πŸ˜‰ ) with absolutely no relation to real life or firearms. You can’t carry the c96 your way. Tried, fell down and damn near broke my back. Stick to what you know, whatever that is.

  14. Bubblehead Les says:

    I met that Gentleman and His Fine Rig Friday Night at a BBQ Party. Then we got to talking, and talking and talking….

    But I still think it’s the Coolest Thing I saw in Indy that Weekend!

    And I have an Old Friend who specializes in Broomhandles and Lugers. Maybe I can convince to put together those parts he has laying around…

  15. Leatherwing says:

    Doesn’t that belong in a drop-leg rig with a black
    don’t-shoot-me-first vest

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