In 95%, very sharp condition we have an extremely interesting Mauser 1916 production 1896/12 Military Issued and proofed “Broomhandle Pistol“ in 7.63mm caliber. This pistol is marked on the stock to Gefreiter (Lance Corporal) Vogel of the 23rd Field Artillery Regiment. Such an attribution is extremely rare and hugely desirable, it really makes this rig! The pistol is all matching including the stock and the bore is excellent as well. The harness is dated and maker marked 1916 and it still has the original cleaning rod.
The Broomhandle Mauser with its stock was used in lieu of a carbine and played a role similar to the sub machinegun of WWII. They were used by machine gun troops and artilleryman to protect their guns from sudden attack. In the late stages of the war, they were widely employed by the Stormtrooper assault troops. Certainly one of if the most iconic pistol used by the Germans in WWI it is a must have for any WWI collection.