Mauser Production & Serial Numbers
 
Year
Serial Number Range
Comments
1896
1-359
Pre-production pistols marked with SYSTEM MAUSER above the chamber
 
49
Step-barrel 6-shot cone hammer
 
52
Step-barrel 20-shot cone hammer
 
107
Step-barrel 10-shot cone hammer
1897
1-1000
Turkish Government Contract Numbered in their own Seperate series in FARSI
658
Turkish Contract Cone Hammer
1897-1899
360-14999
 SYSTEM MAUSER cone hammerSemi-perforated safety head revision Chamber markings changed to WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER OBERNDORF
 
 393
 Early production 6-shot cone hammer
 
630
Early production cutaway cone hammer
 
743
Early production 20-shot cone hammer
 
985
Early production cone hammer final version
 
 1000
Milled panels over grips and triggers phased out
 
1958
Standard cone hammer with rear sight
   stamped 1-10
 
2534 
Standard cone hammer with rear sight
   stamped 100-300
 
3693 
 Adjustable sight 6-shot cone hammer with rear sight stamped 50-500
 
 6217
 6-shot cone hammer with 4.75 barrel
 
 7160
Fixed sight cone hammer
 
 8441
Late 20-shot cone hammer
 
 10128
 Standard cone hammer with rear sight stamped 50-300
 
12000
Large ring hammer introduced
 
 12281
 Early transitional large ring hammer
 
 14999
Cone Hammer Phased out 
 1899
15000-20000 were not used in lieu of this Series which was numbered 1-5000 
Model 1899 Italian Navy Contract flatside variation 
 
 300
Model 1899 Italian Navy Contract flatside variation
 1899-1903
 20000-34999
 Firing pin retained by single lug to solid bolt Unmilling of centre of left rear panel stopped
 
 20533
Late transitional large ring hammer 
 1899
 21000
 Trigger fitting redesigned with integral pins
 
21024 
 Early Flat Side
1900
22000
Lugs used to retain rear sight instead of pins
 
 22130
6-Shot Flat Side, Grip not slotted for stock 
 
23000
Late flatside with rear sight stamped 1-10
 
23887
 Late flatside with rear sight stamped 50-1000
1902
29000
Shallow Panel milling added
 
 29171
   Adjustable sight 6-shot flatside
 
 
 29178
 Fixed sight flatside Bolo or Officer¹s model
 
 29260
   Early large ring hammer Bolo
 
29507 
    Early 6-shot large ring hammer
 
 29561
    Adjustable sight 6-shot large ring hammer
 
 30302
    Early shallow-milled panel large ring hammer
1903 
31000?? 
Approx BTW
30302-31186
   Mauser company name and addresses starts to appear on side of frame
 
 31186
   9mm shallow panel large ring hammer
 
 31234
    Late shallow-milled panel large ring
   hammer
 
 34090
    Deep-milled panel large ring hammer
1904-1914
35000-100000
 Firing pin retained by two opposed lugs to solid bolt. Small ring hammer introduced and large ring hammer phased out
 
 
 35461  Early small hammer
 
 
  38552  Step-barrel large grip Bolo
 
 
  39507  Step-barrel FULL SIZE 
1905 
 40000
Long narrow extractor changed to a shorter wider one
 
 
 40058  Reinforced chamber 6-shot large ring hammer
 
 
 40240  Early small hammer Bolo
 
 
 40243  Late large ring hammer Bolo
 
 
 40872  Late adjustable sight 6-shot
 
 
 42604  Early Bolo
 
 
 43164  Reinforced chamber small hammer 6-shot
 
 
 43620  Late 6-shot small hammer
 
 44000
   Non-adjustable rear sights phased out
 
  84672 
Removable magazine model 1930 made from standard 1896 model
 
85000-95000 
  Mauser banner trademark stamped on top of the chamber
 
 855490
 Mauser banner over chamber
 1912
100000 
Rifling changed from 4 to 6 grooves
1910 
154000-155000 
Persian order of 1000
 
 154002
  Persian contract Pistol
1913 
 120000
Batch of assorted serial numbers supplied to western US distributor Pacific Arms
1914 
160735-161906 
 Batch of assorted serial numbers supplied to western US distributor Pacific Arms
1914-1918 
270000-430000 
Start of war production 
 
273339 
    Standard prewar commercial
1915 
280000 
  New Safety introduced Marked with an Inter-twined "NS"
 
290090 
  Standard wartime commercial
 1918
 430000
  End of war production
1919-1921
430000-500000
Post War Production
Until appox 1930 The Mauser Banner On the Left side of the Frame was NARROW
 1919
 432000?-433000?
French Gendarme order of 1000 with Bolo barrel on large frame
 
 432087
 French Gendarme Version
 
 433900
 End of standard wartime commercial model
1920
NON SPECIFIC
Treaty of Versailles modifications including cutting back of barrel length to four inches and fixed rear sight on existing stocks of Weapons Commonly Know as a 1920's Rework.
1921 
 440000
 Lanyard ring rotated 90 deg
 
 
  474486  Long-barrel Bolo
 
 1921-1930
 500000-799999
Mauser banner trademark stamped on top of the chamber. The  Bolo model production was restarted
 
 
 515091  Late postwar Bolo
 
 
 595864  Late fixed sight Bolo
 
 650000
   Deeper colour blueing introduced
 
 732110
   Model 1930 transitional
 1930-1937
800000-980000 
Model 1930 Introduced with "New Universal Safety" 
 
 803115
   Early model 1930 with universal safety 
 
 900302
   Late model 1930
 
 913314
    9mm model 1930
 
914751 
   8.15mm model 1930
1937 
950000 
End of 150000 produced and shipped mainly to China
 
950001-980000 
 980000  Last 30000 produced 
 
 
Thanks To........
  Graeme Caselton (gcaselton@easynet.co.uk) kindly supplied the following rough breakdown of model variations, dates and serial numbers pertaining to the C96 Mauser.  

   I deeply regret to report that he did so at the time he was about to hand in his 1915 Std. Wartime Commercial for destruction under Britain's new and reprehensible ban on the private ownership of hand guns.  

   A moment of silence, ladies and gentlemen, for the senseless destruction of a piece of history. And moreover, for the passing of freedom in the very country which gave us the Magna Carta.  

   We live in a sad and frightening time, my friends. 

-Reprinted As Received From
Kyrie Ellis 
kyrieellis@aol.com
 
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