Hand-made from fitted
interlocking parts, called the
"broomhandle" because of its
distinctive grip, the C96 was never any
nation's standard issue pistol but was a
favorite sidearm around the world. Its
effectiveness is measured in that popularity, the
pistol being produced from 1896 to 1937, and was
used in combat from the 1898 Sudan campaign
through the Korean War.
When the last round has been
ejected, the bolt will remain locked back, being
held by the magazine follower. Because the bolt
is being held back, you can neither easily nor
safely load the magazine singly, but rather must
reload by the 10-round stripper clip.
Its effectiveness also may be
understood from relating its performance
capabilities to the throes of chaotic close-range
Semiautomatic, 10 round magazine,
reloaded by a 10-round stripper clip, usable
either as a pistol or carbine, firing an 85-grain
bullet at 1,400 fps.