From the Vault: Mauser 1912/14 Prototype Pistol
Our intrepid Gun Techs Keith and Steve have returned to Rock Island Auction Co. where they've uncovered a very rare Mauser 1912/14 prototype pistol. It's the Model 1910 (.25 ACP) and Model 1914 (.32 ACP or "7.65 Browning" to Europeans) pocket pistol platform scaled up to service pistol size so it could shoot the 9mm Parabellum (aka 9mm Luger or 9x19mm) cartridge. The Rock Island gun is No. 31 of the Model 1912/14 prototypes and one of only 8 or 9 total (!) imported into the United States. Keith explains the operating features of this beautifully made gun, including its unique slide lock. You have to depress the button that looks like a magazine release in order to rack the slide. The actual mag release is in the heel of the grip, as on many European pistols. Otherwise, the Model 1912/14 is a classic pre-WWI pistol of superbly machined/blued steel and exquisite fit and finish, down to the niter blue on the trigger and the neatly checkered wraparound walnut grips. Its cost of production - and the availability of other service pistols like the Luger and "Broomhandle" Mauser- may have been the Model 1912/14's undoing. It never went into full series production.
WARNING: Never attempt to disassemble or reassemble a firearm unless you are absolutely certain that it is empty and unloaded. Visually inspect the chamber, the magazine and firing mechanism to be absolutely certain that no ammunition remains in the firearm. Disassembly and reassembly should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.