How is one looked upon by the ATF? Are the holster/stocks legal if it came with the pistol?
:smile: Well I have owned/own my fair share of C96 over the yrs.,The original shoulder stocks are very easy to know over any repro that I have ever seen,The inside finish of the wood on the original German/Spanish made stocks are all very clean cuts,Done by wood cutting machines,And a nice out side finish as well,Some comercail stocks have the Mauser Banner stamped on the stocks as well(Model 30-C96)The new Chinese that were imported were mostly hand cut finishing work--Not so well done,Now WW1 German made Mauser(C96) had the last 3 or 4 digits of the serial numbers stamp on the top of the locking lugs.That was also done prior to WW1,As Mauser was trying to sell his pistols all over the world.Some were imported into the US of A by different Co. with there Co.names stamped on the mag well,As well as the side plates--The ATF,after many yrs. of denial finally ok the stock for those and the pistol to be removed from the NFA act..Now if you do "harpoon" this pistol,Before you ever fire it--REPLACE THE RECOIL SPRING--Set the original one a side for the die hard collector who even wants the original closet dust on it.That spring has been compressed longer then you have been breathing new world air..So it has lost a lot of its springing power.I use Wolff springs out of the great state of Pa. :allright:Now on the Chinese stocks that sell for a few $$$-I believe at first they were made as replacements for the original stocks that got broken over the yrs.Only a few Chinese that I seen were made as nice as the original German or Spanish made stocks(ASTRA)--Most were made by local wood hackers of small villages,But they do work and some even lock up correctly.Years back when a few Co. imported a bunch of early C96 from China,Most were pretty beat,Some were very nice,Some showed Chinese markings that were stamped on in Germany for China-Just before WW2 got rolling,Germany stop importing the C96 to China,As they were Allied to Japan.--Ok before I continue my rant,,DO NOT SHOOT any Polish,Romanian,Chines made 7.62x25 out of a C96,,It just might cause your new bought iron to self destruct,That ammo is way to hot for the C96,,That ammo is made for the Toks,and sub-guns,,Just brake down and buy some new made 7.63x25 Fiocci --Works for me--Ok now in the total end of my rant!!! The shoulder stock for the C96 and the pistol, is legal to own according to the ATF..Some towns or counties may have there own set of rules. :nutkick: ..Send a picture--My best Frenchy :allright:Arik said:How is one looked upon by the ATF? Are the holster/stocks legal if it came with the pistol?