Thursday, September 8, 2016

Now This Is Interesting

The Mauser C96, was one of the earliest and most successful semi-automatic pistols. Introduced in 1896, by the time this photo was taken, likely between 1902 and 1904, western lawmen were already carrying semi-autos.

In this photo, Anadarko, Oklahoma Territory Sheriff James Thompson and his deputies are displaying their guns for photographer Annette Ross Hume. Take a close look at the guns. At the top is Sheriff Thompson’s shoulder-stocked C96. (Photo courtesy Western History Collections, University of Oklahoma)