POTD: Mauser Model 1932 Schnellfeuer Automatic Machine Pistol
Welcome to today’s Photo of the Day! Here we have one of the coolest machine pistols in history, the Mauser Schnellfeuer. The Mauser Schnellfeuer, otherwise known as the M712, is a Mauser C96 action, but made to be select fire. On the left-hand side, there is a control to change from semi- or full-auto. The Schnellfeuer fires the same 7.63×25 Mauser cartridge as the standard Mauser C96. The M712 fires at an astonishing 1,000 rounds per minute which makes the gun uncomfortable to fire with a stock, and uncontrollable without one. Approximately 95,000 were produced for both military and commercia,l but a pretty rare nowadays.
“This is a very fine example of a fully automatic Mauser Model 1932 machine pistol as manufactured circa 1932-1935. These were a standard pre-War Model 1930 Mauser pistol that was manufactured as a fully automatic weapon, with this one produced for export to China in the early 1930s. These Mauser Broomhandle pistols were a favorite of the Chinese warlords with several thousand sold to the Chinese Government during the 1930s, both as fully automatic and semi-automatic pistols. This is a late contract model with the more familiar “Westinger” designed, two position “locking” selector switch.”
Lot 1515: Mauser 1932 Schnellfeuer Pistol Machine gun 7.65 mm Mauser. (n.d.). Rock Island Auction Company. photograph. Retrieved January 12, 2022, from https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/66/1515/mauser-1932-schnellfeuer-pistol-machine-gun-765-mm-mauser.