The rear of the pistol grip is slotted to permit an engagement lug at the forward end of the shoulder stock to be thrust up to act as a secure locking unit. The shoulder stock is usually of wood and is hollowed out to act as a holster for the pistol when not in use as a shoulder piece. The button seen at the rear of the stock is a spring catch which opens the hinged butt-plate to permit insertion of the pistol for carrying.
The range of this arm is in the neighborhood of 1,000 yards. Since the sighting arrangements for use as a pistol and use as a shoulder arm are quite different, best results cannot be obtained by attempting to use the weapon as a dual purpose arm. However, when sights are properly adjusted for shoulder firing, this is an effective arm at very much greater than ordinary pistol ranges.
The stocks shown are those originally used by Mauser and are not typical of the plain grooved wood stocks later supplied.
This pistol was very extensively used by the Boers in South Africa in 1898, shortly after its introduction, and was considered a very formidable weapon. The magazine holds 5 or 10 cartridges which can be stripped in through the top of the action from a clip (exactly as in the Mauser rifle) into the box magazine ahead of the trigger.
When the bolt is pulled back it cocks the hammer and the magazine follower rises to hold the action open for loading. A clip of cartridges is inserted in the clip guides and the cartridges pushed down into the magazine. When the clip is pulled up out of the top of the guides the compressed spring drives the bolt forward to chamber a cartridge, leaving the weapon ready to be fired. In original tests it was fired at the rate of 6 shots per second and better than 80 shots per minute. The extreme range is well over 1000 yards and the pistol was provided with a detachable shoulder stock which served as a holster for the pistol itself when not in use.
The original 1898 production had a 4.75 inch barrel including the length of the chamber. The hammer is large and rises into the line of sight as it hits the firing pin. This blocks the line of vision of the
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