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7.63mm Mauser C96 Broomhandle by stopsigndrawer81 7.63mm Mauser C96 Broomhandle by stopsigndrawer81
A Mauser Model C/96 semi-automatic pistol done in Prismacolor colored pencils on an 8.5x11" sheet of standard computer paper. Used a 6H pencil for outline drawing and then colored in, also using Prismacolor's colorless blender pencil.

The Mauser C/96 pistol, nicknamed the "broomhandle" in the English-speaking world due to it's grip, was first introduced in 1896 and was manufactured until the late 1930s. About a million were made by Mauser company in Obendorf, Germany in a myrad of variations for both military contracts and commercial sales. In addition, unlicenced copies were made in Spain and China. Most were chambered for the 7.63x25mm pistol round, which used a bottlenecked case to shoot a .30 caliber FMJ round at the then-incredible 1400 fps. Most models also used a detachable wooden shoulder stock which doubled as a holster. It was loaded with a stripper clip similar in concept to a Mauser 98, Lee-Enfield, or SKS rifle, except a few models used detachable box magazines. A select-fire version was made with a 20-round detachable box magazine in the 1930s. I think this is my first pistol drawing with accompanying ammuntion I've submitted to DA.
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now i may not be a critic but i can tell you this, you have done a damn good job on this drawing here sir, it matches up to the original spectacularly! keep up the damn fine work sir! on my other hand, i have seen more of your work recently, ive only gotten around to browsing those who hand draw weapons, and out of them all, you sir have gotten my full, undivided attention! hmm.... how to finish up filling out the remaining word spaces.... GREAT WEAPONS, GREAT DESIGN, GREAT VISION, GREAT INSPIRATION, AND MOST OF ALL, DAMN FINE GERMAN ENGINEERING
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SmokeyandtheBandit Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Could you remind me how you draw your pictures? Mostly how you outline them.
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:iconstopsigndrawer81:
stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I outline the color pencil ones in pen ink.
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:iconsmokeyandthebandit:
SmokeyandtheBandit Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014
Reguler pen or fin tips?
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:iconstopsigndrawer81:
stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I use Micron pens mostly
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:iconsmokeyandthebandit:
SmokeyandtheBandit Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Got it.
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Vampirization Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2014
My absolute favorite among all pistols.. and incredibly detailed! Awesome work, sir!
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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685eric685 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
This pistol and the Deagle by far are my favorite pistols.
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  I will someday get a "Deagle" up here.
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685eric685 Featured By Owner May 25, 2014
You're welcome.
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SmokeyandtheBandit Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Great work. Good gun.:nod: A pistol the can go full auto.
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!  The standard Mauser C-96 was semi-auto only and could not go full auto.  What you are thinking of is the Model 712, which was identical to this except for a select-fire provision and using detachable 20-round magazines rather than a 10 round charger inserted through the top into the non-detachable 10-round magazine.  Spain's Mauser broomhandle copies also included some rare select-fire versions as well, but the standard models were always semi-automatic only.
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SmokeyandtheBandit Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
The full autos are still call Mauser C-96.
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
same family of weapons, yes. Most parts would interchange I think.
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GunfeldBach Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
love the C96 both models a Chinese copy was in fallout 3 using stripper clip ammo, incorrectly the clip would also go into the magazine. Still my favorite old German gun ever
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'd love to actually have one but they're probably $3,000+ on the collector market for a gun you'd have trouble finding parts for if something ever broke.
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PetervonHesse Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
Great picture
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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PetervonHesse Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
np :)
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DarkMind22 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Was that the gun that Sherlock Holmes holds in the "A Game of Shadows" movie posters?
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
One of them, it appears to be though I also see a revolver. My brother tells me the movie takes place in 1892. The C96 was not introduced until 1896, which would make it historically inaccurate for 1892. Also I am told in the movie, he loads it by detachable magazine, where in reality the c-96 was loaded through a stripper clip ( in my picture here) through the top of the gun. Models of the Mauser pistol later did take detachable magazines but these were not developed until the 1930s, mainly for select-fire/full automatic versions of the gun.
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DarkMind22 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for clearing things up! So, those people didn't do their research well.
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! Hollywood has gotten slightly better, at least with war movies in portrayl of guns, but it is still abysmal.
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Matbox99 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student General Artist
cool
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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M44-Obrez Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
excellent work. got any BAR's?
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So far a Polish WZ-28 RKM BAR in 7.92mm mauser is up. I also have a Swedish M37 BAR in 6.5x55mm is up in my scraps section in a picture with a Finnish 7.62x54mm Lahti-Saloranta L26 Light Machine Gun. No American BARs yet though.
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crimsonthunder1995 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011
looks very cool!!! You must make a Luger!
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I have two Lugers in my "firearms" gallery already. I might add more variants sometime.
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crimsonthunder1995 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2011
okay...i'll watch them =)
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Emillie-Wolf Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
My brother's favorite gun ! It's so beautiful !
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks!
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AkKAla5H Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thats beautiful and lots of information! :D This gun was used heavily by Chinese in Anti Japanese war and civil war by the Nationalists ( KMT ) and Communist ( PLA ) and still an icon for Chinese revolution
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner May 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Nationalist China made a batch of them in .45-ACP as well as the standard 7.63mm caliber.
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AkKAla5H Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
yep, but that kinda example is pretty hard to find these days.
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:iconstopsigndrawer81:
stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Small numbers were imported into the US at various points, but a determined collector could probably locate one.
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AkKAla5H Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Mostly were melted after Communist took over the mainland cos' they doesn't used to.45 ACP rounds, in fact if the broomhandle with original caliber is being seized from Nationalist it will be put into service. Oh, Mao also own one as his personal sidearm ;)
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fatty119 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
DUDE!!! THIS IS AMAZING!!!!!!!
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I think I should have outlined it in pen though.
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fatty119 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
how do you get the metal look?? must take a while.
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Blended prismacolor colored pencils for this one
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PuppetMaster456 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
some were full auto right?
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A handful, such as the Mauser Model 712 ( also known as the Model 1932 Schnellfeuer) were made with magazine well taking detachable box magazines, ussually 20-rounders, but could still be loaded by the stripper clip chargers. The selector was on the left side of the gun. The Spanish firm of Astra also made select-fire Mauser broomhandle copies during the 1930s
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PuppetMaster456 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2010
that's pretty sweet
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Blackhawk2955 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
dude... you are amazing at drawing :iconwowplz:
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:iconstopsigndrawer81:
stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'm always trying to improve
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Blackhawk2955 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
no problem
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Skoshi8 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have one of the "Bolo" models with a 4" barrel converted to 9mm. The small grips make it uncomfortable to shoot. Back in the 50s you could get target grips that fit the hand better.
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
"Bolo" term came from the short-barreled models being popular with the Russian Bolsheveks I believe. Target grips for a C-96; I'll have to see a picture of that some time.
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