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Hello, fellow forum goers. This is my first post on this site, so go easy. I recently bought a Red 9 C96 Mauser broom handle, and I have a question about the stock. The stock matches the pistol, and is in good shape from what I can tell. My only concern is that the stock has a lot of give from left to right when locked in the slot. It has a nice crisp attachment to the pistol, but it moves a lot from side to side and I'm wondering if that's not out of the ordinary with these pistols, or did I get hosed. The gunsmith that did the transfer for me said that it's normal that the stock does that with these guns, but I was hoping someone here could provide me with some more information. I was also wondering if there's a way to fix it, thanks. Pictures attached
 

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Welcome aboard ! I have a C96 in 30 Mauser but not stock . Never even held one with a stock . But I do watch a lot of gun porn on youtube and so far all the C96s I have seen videos of with a stock seemed pretty tight . I am pretty sure there would be a way to shim or do something to tighten it up somehow . There are a few gunsmiths and just smart people here so sure they will be along in a bit .
 

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Welcome aboard ! I have a C96 in 30 Mauser but not stock . Never even held one with a stock . But I do watch a lot of gun porn on youtube and so far all the C96s I have seen videos of with a stock seemed pretty tight . I am pretty sure there would be a way to shim or do something to tighten it up somehow . There are a few gunsmiths and just smart people here so sure they will be along in a bit .
Thanks for the reply! Yeah the gunsmith said as long as it snaps in youre good, but it just seems like it has a lot of give. I really hope it's fixable if it's not normal
 

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I don't know why your C96 is loose fitting, but we had one come through the shop with a similar problem. Back in the 1930s our government passed the NFA and shoulder stocks on pistols was made illegal without paying the tax. So were a lot of other things. So instead of paying a $5.00 tax for an AOW they welded up the back of the pistol so the holster/stock could no longer be attached. Fast forward several decades and Lugers and C96s were exempted from those rules and people had the attaching points machined back in to the back straps and sometimes they were not done exactly right.
 

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I don't know why your C96 is loose fitting, but we had one come through the shop with a similar problem. Back in the 1930s our government passed the NFA and shoulder stocks on pistols was made illegal without paying the tax. So were a lot of other things. So instead of paying a $5.00 tax for an AOW they welded up the back of the pistol so the holster/stock could no longer be attached. Fast forward several decades and Lugers and C96s were exempted from those rules and people had the attaching points machined back in to the back straps and sometimes they were not done exactly right.
That's interesting, because the shop that I bought it from has their engraving on the inside of the slot and I was wondering if that means that they were the ones that did the machining?
 

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It's hard to say if that's what happened to yours or if it's just plain old wear on an old pistol, I do know that the boss sent it to a friend of his who is a very talented gunsmith and restoration expert and it came back looking and fitting like it should. What he did to it I have no idea except you couldn't tell it had ever been worked on.
 

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Hello, fellow forum goers. This is my first post on this site, so go easy. I recently bought a Red 9 C96 Mauser broom handle, and I have a question about the stock. The stock matches the pistol, and is in good shape from what I can tell. My only concern is that the stock has a lot of give from left to right when locked in the slot. It has a nice crisp attachment to the pistol, but it moves a lot from side to side and I'm wondering if that's not out of the ordinary with these pistols, or did I get hosed. The gunsmith that did the transfer for me said that it's normal that the stock does that with these guns, but I was hoping someone here could provide me with some more information. I was also wondering if there's a way to fix it, thanks. Pictures attached
Mine is the same way.
 
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