Second World War, 1939-1945
Mauser C96 Pistol
Mauser C96 semi-automatic pistol. The blued action with shallow panels milled into the sides and marked Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf A Neckar on the right side and MAUSER on the left. It has a small ring hammer and large rib wooden grips. There is a lanyard split ring on the butt below the slot for the detachable wooden holster shoulder stock. There are two Chinese characters on the back strap, left of the hammer that translate as 'Shanghai Guard'.
This pistol was purchased by the Chinese government in 1928 and captured by the Japanese in the late 1930's. It was supposedly surrendered in New Ireland. The Shanghai Guard would have been part of the city defence.