German Mauser C-96 7.63MM 'Bolo' Pistol: Produced by German arms manufacturer Mauser from 1896 to 1937. This pistol is a post-WWI gun made between 1923 and 1930, probably closer to 1929 based on the serial number. C96 (Construktion 96) Bolo has the shorter barrell with 50 - 1000 meter rear tangent sight with a post front sight. Ten round internal box magazine. Blowback semi-automatic action. Wood grip panels. The serial numbers are not complete matches. Finish has an even worn patina with scattered pitting. Bore is decent for it's age. Grip panels are worn smooth. Great addition to your collection and fun to shoot.
The C96 grip earned the gun the nickname "broomhandle" in the English-speaking world, because of its round wooden handle. The 'Bolo' was sold in quantity to armies in the contested Baltic region and was carried by the Poles, Lithuanians, German Freikorps and White Russians. The Bolshevik government (and later the new Red Army) of the embryonic Soviet Union purchased large numbers of this model in the 1920s and also appropriated them from defeated enemies. The distinctive pistol became associated with the Bolsheviks and was thus nicknamed the "Bolo"