Mauser 1910 Serial Number Confusion

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  1. makabunda

    makabunda New Member

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    I just bought a 1910 Mauser serial #256000 in excellent condition with 100 rounds of ammo for $120 dollars. I figured I couldn't go wrong at that price and if I had waited to research the pistol it would have been gone by the time I came back. I now know it was a smoking deal, but my question is about the last three serial digits being zeros and if that holds any significance?
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  3. makabunda

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    Hammerslagger,

    Thanks for the info. I'm hoping that I found a real gem. I've got a safe full of Mauser rifles but this is the first Mauser pistol I have purchased. I will admit I ran a couple mags through it and I was very impressed. Nine hits with nine shots at 25 meters on a 32 ounce Gatorade bottle was simply amazing considering that I missed two out of fifteen with a Beretta 92 I had also just purchased.

    Thanks Again
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    This is a low quality cell phone picture but it does give a fairly accurate representation of the condition. It still needs a thorough cleaning though.

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  5. Hammerslagger

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    Thanks for the pic. Looks like you made an excellent purchase that some collector will likely pay you a handsome profit on, should you decide to sell it. The serial ending in "000" likely adds to its value, regardless of whether it is the first model 1914 pistol.
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    There are some folks who see something rare or unusual in serial numbers that end in two or more zeros and will pay more for them. Myself, I can't understand how 256000 is any better or worse than 255999 or 256001, but to each his own.

    In any case, that gun is referred to as the Post-War (WWI) Commercial 1910, and is the most common of the .25 caliber Mauser pocket pistols. Serial numbers of the original production started at 1 and went to c. 152,000. After the war, production resumed starting at number 200000 and ultimately went over 426,000, which included the so-called 1910/34.

    That deal borders on highway robbery. Nice gun.

    Jim
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    Jim,

    Yeah I wouldn't have haggled with him if I would have known the actual value of the gun, but I could see it being worth more than 200 and it is just going to sit in the safe unless a trade for something interesting came up. I bought it because I thought it was ugly and unusual. Oddball guns always get me, but at least this time it paid off.

    Brad
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