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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 Mauser 1932 Schnellfeuer Pistol Machine gun 7.65 mm Mauser | Rock Island Auction.


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