By Lars Dalseide | October 14 2013 15:25

German 9mm has wooden holster that doubles as a shoulder stock

Red 9 Mauser made for the Prussian Army during World War I at the NRA National Firearms Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - The purpose of Curator's Corner on Sportsman Channel's edition of NRANews is to share some of the secrets and wonders often overlooked in the vast collection of the NRA National Firearms Museum. What's in store for this week? How about a wooden-holstered Mauser 9mm from World War I?

"What we have here is a near mint example of a Red 9 Broomhandle," glowed Senior Curator Philip Schreier. "Broomhandle because of the unique shape of the grip."

Why the Red 9? Why is it burned into and painted on the grip?

"So they knew what kind of ammo to use," he said matter-of-factly.

The Red 9 is based off of Mauser's C96 design. That particular design saw action in the Boxer Rebellion, the Mexican Revolution, the Vietnam War and the Clint Eastwood classic Joe Kid.

Their first successful venture into the semi-automatic marketplace, the C96 came with either a removable magazine or a ten round stripper clip (yes, clip). The wooden holster, though heavy and awkward to wear, helped turn the handgun into a rifle.

With an effective range of up to 200 meters, the sights are adjustable up to 1,200.

"That's more wishful thinking than anything else," said Schreier. "The round won't go much further than 600, but with the shoulder stock, who knows."

For the full skinny on the Prussian Red 9, tune in to the Sportsman Channel this afternoon around 5:40 eastern. That's when Schreier will pull out the tales and provide a closeup view of the firearm that helped make Mauser a player in the semi-auto pistol field.

Red 9 Mauser broomhandle and case made for the German Army during World War I at the NRA Museum

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