A Pennsylvania find. Is it original or aftermarket?
This is one I’ve never seen before, but about 10 years ago these were found every once in a while … what marks them out from “rarities” concocted from unmarked Italian M’38 chargers is that there’s a rebate at the end of each charger body, required to clear the extractor of a C96 pistol.
If they’re aftermarket the manufacturer had a clear idea of the pistol’s construction and how the charger needed to be made, in quite a subtle way … but I’ve really no idea whether they’re “original” or not.
The fact it has C96 on it, makes it after market. Neither Mauser, nor DWM ever referred to the pistol as a C96 officially. It was just the Mauser ‘Army Pistol’.
I have one of these black stripper clips for the Mauser pistol. I was told by Steve Fuller, when I got it, along with a stripper with a couple of Chinese Characters on it (the one shown by Enfield56), that it was Chinese as well.