Christmas day 2016, we were out shooting Chris Wilson‘s Mauser 1914 pistol. Please noted that this pistol is chambered in the 7.65×17 semi-rim aka .32 ACP cartridge and not the 9mm Luger. The Sig Sauer and Black Hills 9mm boxes were purely for propping up the pistol for the photo. The .32 ACP ammo that we used with the Mauser 1914 is made by Prvi Partizan (PPU) in Serbia.
According the the low serial number on the slide. This Mauser 1914 was made before 1921. It was acquired by Chris’ grandfather in 1947. About a million Mauser 1914 and the earlier .25 ACP Mauser 1910 models were produced in the 34-year production run.
Size comparison between the Mauser 1914 and a modern pocket pistol, the popular Ruger LC9. The modern Ruger is chambered in the 9x19mm, featuring a Browning style titling barrel lock and a lightweight polymer frame.
The magazine is holds 8-rounds which is ample for the time. I’m not a fan of the big witness cut on the magazine, especially the bottom one, which is totally unnecessary. Also, there’s no slide release button and slide closed automatically when the magazine is inserted.
The heel magazine release which was popular for European pistol designs at the time. Noted that the magazine is stamped with a matching serial number. The round button on the normal thumb location is actually the safety release.
This Mauser 1914 has an unmarked right side. For most of the Mauser 1914 production samples, it usually has “Mauser-7,65” stamped on the right side of the slide.
C&Rsenal‘s video goes over the general history and development of the Mauser 1914:
Slow-mo of the Mauser 1914 firing:
The sight on the Mauser 1914 is not bad and the striker indicator is clearly visible from the back. The recoil is mild but due to the short travel of the slide with an abrupt stop, as mentioned by the Forgotten Weapons‘ video above, that throw off some of my shots.
Mauser 1914 Pocket Pistol Specification:
|Caliber:||.32 ACP (7.62×17 SR)|
|Barrel length:||3.39-inch (86mm)|
|Weight:||21.17 oz (600g)|
|Magazine Capacity:||8 rounds|