Mauser Pistols in Austro-Hungarian Service
It is generally known and accepted that 50,000 Mauser C96 'Broomhandles' were imported from Germany in 1916 by the Austro-Hungarian Army. However actual
A/H military acceptance dates range reported are from 'Wn15' to 'Wn17', which does not correspond well with a single 1916 transaction.
An example of the Austro-Hungarian 'Wn17' acceptance mark on a C96 pistol is on the left. Note the rare 2nd Austrian acceptance mark 'Hv36' on the same pistol.
The previously mentioned Wn17 and Hv36 marked pistol has 'Koluz 37' stamped on the grip strap. Please contact the author if you know the meaning of 'Koluz'
Mauser C96 Pistol Assembly Drawing and Parts List