The design of this arm was so fundamentally correct that after over 50 years of use, the latest model varies from the first model only in few details. The cartridge except for slightly improved ballistics is also the same.
This arm is a masterpiece of engineering design. It is very difficult to manufacture, but employs no holding pins. All parts fit into or are dovetailed into other parts. The only screw employed is the stock screw.
This was the first truly successful military model automatic pistol.
Quite as remarkable as the development of this pistol was the development of the cartridge which accompanied it. This cartridge is substantially the same today. Correctly known as the "7.63mm Mauser" it is often called the .30 Mauser. The actual caliber is .3008-inch.
MODEL 96. MAUSER AUTOMATIC PISTOL. LEFT SIDE PHANTOM VIEW,
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