Category Archive 'C96 Broomhandle Mauser'

22 Oct 2017

Multiple Mausers


The Austro-Hungarian aircraft gunner in the picture is seen using a Mauser C96 pistol combination, probably just for demonstration. Each pistol held a clip of ten bullets and the device attached to them fired them in unison, giving the gunner the ability to rapidly fire 100 rounds in volleys of 10. Two bars passed through the five upper and five lower trigger guards and were attached to the single aiming grip that can be seen in his hand. It had a trigger at the end which was pulled to fire all ten pistols at the same time. Given the close arrangement of the pistols, if the gunfire did hit the enemy aircraft, it would have been like using a shotgun. With the light frame and canvas structures of early war aircraft that might have been enough to bring it down. But one has to wonder how long it would take, and how difficult it would be, to reload and re-mount all ten pistols while maneuvering and trying to avoid nearby enemy aircraft.

23 Feb 2016

Somebody Crossed a Mauser C96 With a Thompson

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Mauser. Security service of the Kremlin Arsenal and the Moscow Underground, 1934

09 Sep 2012

Pinky Schooner

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I recently read (on Steve Bodio’s recommendation) Michael Gruber’s Tropic of Night, a supernatural thriller revolving around African Voodoo, with a rich, blond, and beautiful anthropologist heroine named Jane Doe.

Among Jane’s possessions, the reader encounters a Red Nine, a 9mm Parabellum version of the Model 1896 “Broomhandle” Mauser pistol, commissioned by the Imperial German Army in 1916 to supplement its insufficient supply of Model 1908 Luger pistols.

Jane also sails a Pinky Schooner, which I felt obliged to look up.

Boatbuilding with Burnham explains:

Pinky schooners were a common type of New England fishing vessel that sailed out of local Cape Ann harbors from the early eighteenth century through the early twentieth century. In 1839, there were 64 registered pinky schooners out of the Cape Ann and its district. Pinkies were generally smaller vessels from which men fished over the side but they were also known for their seaworthiness. These vessels were so distinctive in their look and common that a careful study of many marine paintings from the era will have a pinky or two in the background. Many of the paintings of the internationally renowned artist Fitz Henry Lane, including those in the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. usually have pinkies in the background of the painting. “Pinky” means that the stern is “pinked” or pinched together which indicates a pointed stern and may originally be a Dutch word.

It is believed that the pinkies developed from Chebacco boats. A good many of them were built at Essex. These vessels were built to a very high standard and some lasted a very long time. The original MAINE was built in 1845 and sailed until 1926.

Here is Tiger, a 57′ Pinky Schooner, built in 1993 in Port Townsend, Washington, sailing out to Angel Island in San Francisco Bay. That certainly looks like fun. Looking around the web, I find you can buy one of these for as little as $100,000-150,000.

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