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    Default Restoration of C96 Mauser?

    Are there any gun shops that can do restorations on C96 Mauser pistols?

    I recall a gentleman several years ago named, "Thor" who was on the Yahoo groups forum that did restorations but I haven't heard from that group in years.

    Basically looking for a surface refinsh, new springs and a general checking over. (Safety isn't working properly.)

    Any help would be appreciated.

    Serial number is: 900817
    Appears to have been originally in 7.63 (Stamped on bottom of trigger guard but is stamped "9mm" on left side near ejection port.)
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    THOR is a member of the http://www.lugerforum.com/
    and still does great work.

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    Is the Broom Closet in Starke FL still in business?

    I have a couple non-Broomhandle restoration candidates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fushigi Ojisan View Post
    Is the Broom Closet in Starke FL still in business?

    I have a couple non-Broomhandle restoration candidates.
    Don't find a web-site for them. Phone is, per a post on ak47.net in Feb 2012, 904-964-5053. Guess it wouldn't hurt to venture call...
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    Also saw, "www.lugerman.com".

    Any comments as to the quality of work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fushigi Ojisan View Post
    Is the Broom Closet in Starke FL still in business?

    I have a couple non-Broomhandle restoration candidates.
    Guy's in this group have used the Broom Closet



    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/C96_Forum/

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    Quote Originally Posted by MI35D View Post
    Also saw, "www.lugerman.com".

    Any comments as to the quality of work?


    Lugerman is a menber of this forum also and you can read comments on his work there.
    Just do a search for his "lugerman" name.
    http://www.lugerforum.com/

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    The broom closet still does Broom reworks /refinishing..Contact them via phone ..they are discussed on the C96_forum Yahoo groups..

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    They relined/rechambered an Astra broomhandle for me maybe about four years ago. The thing was completely shot out - no rifling in the bore and the chamber was so badly jugged that you could only extract fired cases with difficulty. They turned it back into a shooter for me, so I was pleased. Price was very reasonable - less than $100 including return shipping. I only put a couple of boxes of my own reloads through it since, so I can't comment on the long-term viability of the job, but good so far. They did not have a website - I had to call or write to get a description of their services and prices.

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    I just recieved back my 1930 C-96 which was relined and rehabed by the broom closet/ the gun rack in Starke Florida. The owner describes his service as a rehabilitation rather than a restoration. I am very pleased with the work. All springs were replaced and the finish was redone from a gray patina to a correct salt blue and nitrate blue, on small parts. His price was very reasonable and I would recommend his work for anyone who wants a shooter with a good bore and original appearence. Regards,
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    I'm thinking of having "rehabilitation" done on two non-Broomhadle pistols that are rust-free but have little remaining finish left.

    One is a Langenhan Selbstlader and the other is a later Franz Stock that came out of Arizona.

    I know the addage "refinish = 0% original fiinish" but these things are maybe 5-10% finish left anyway.

    Should I go for it or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fushigi Ojisan View Post
    I'm thinking of having "rehabilitation" done on two non-Broomhadle pistols that are rust-free but have little remaining finish left.

    One is a Langenhan Selbstlader and the other is a later Franz Stock that came out of Arizona.

    I know the addage "refinish = 0% original fiinish" but these things are maybe 5-10% finish left anyway.

    Should I go for it or not?
    Hard-core collectors would rather have them ratty looking than refurbished. But you'll almost certainly enjoy having them, looking at them, and handling them with a decent refurbishment and refinish And you'll find it easier to get them sold to somebody who doesn't have the bucks for a pretty original but wants a nice looking piece instead of a ratty one when the time comes. That at least has been what I've mostly seen.
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