The German C-96 “Red 9” Broomhandle Pistol,
During World War I, the famous Luger pistol was the most popular side arm of the German Army. However production of the Luger was slow due to its complicated and precise engineering. To make up for the shortage the German Army contracted Mauser Works to manufacture a version of the C-96 chambered in 9mm Luger as an alternative. The new pistol produced was identical to the original C-96, the only difference being the change in caliber. To ensure that it was not accidentally loaded with the wrong ammunition, a large red painted 9 was carved into the handle, hence its nickname. Like other broomhandle pistols they were often issued with a detachable wooden buttstock which also served as a holster. 150,000 “Red 9” broomhandles were produced, of which approximately 137,000 were delivered to the German Army.