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The Bolshevik government and later the new Red Army of the embryonic Soviet Union, purchased large numbers of this model in the s and also appropriated them from defeated enemies. Mechanically, it was laid out approximately like the Mauser original, but without the removable lock frame. Only a few hundred of these weapons were made and are very rare today.
They preferred to use it as a semi-automatic carbine and reserved its full-auto setting for emergencies due to its recoil and muzzle-climb. The weapon had ceased production in but the order was filled from remaining stocks. Each accepted detachable box magazines instead of having an internal box magazine.
To be compliant, pre-war C. The result was the Hanyang C. The stock doubled as a case or holster and attached to a slot cut in the grip frame.
The pistol had black ebonite grips rather than wooden ones. They have Wehrmacht proof marks and the Mauser serial numbers come from the early- to mids. There was limited sporting interest in the carbine version and due to small production numbers it is a highly prized collectible priced at about twice the value of the pistol version. The confiscated weapons were then used to arm government forces, leaving them with a hodge-podge of military and civilian arms. In both models, of course, the barrel was left free so as to enable it to do its short recoil during firing.
The controls were the same as the standard model, except the markings were in Portuguese. It also had a ribbed barrel to help prevent the barrel from overheating during sustained full auto fire. To meet the conditions of the Treaty of Versailles, a major reworking project was begun that set about converting these weapons.
The bolt was of round cross-section, unlike the square Mauser bolt. The safety control lever found to the left of the hammer was marked S for seguro safe and F for fogo fire.
This meant that their tangent sights had to be replaced with fixed sights. It was fitted with a metal forward grip well ahead of the gun under the muzzle. Internal parts trigger, hammer, safety lever, etc. It is often confused with the Turkish contract Mauser.
It was sold in quantity to armies in the contested Baltic region and was carried by the Poles, Lithuanians, German Freikorps and White Russians. The screws also held the frame together. The Weimar Republic banned the private ownership of military-issue or military-style weapons in an attempt to recover valuable arms from returning soldiers.