Small Arms of WWI Primer 010: German Mauser 1914 Pistol

Small Arms of WWI Primer 010: German Mauser 1914 Pistol

Othais and Mae delve into the story of this WWI classic. Complete with history, function, and live fire demonstration.

C&Rsenal presents its WWI Primer series; covering the firearms of this historic conflict one at a time in honor of the centennial anniversary. Join us every other Tuesday!

Mauser Model 1914 “Pocket Pistol”
Cartridge: .32 ACP
Capacity: 8 rnds
Length: 6.1”
weight: 1.3 lbs

This handgun was mostly a product of Josef Nickl and would begin the concept of a “pistol family” in the commercial market. Sadly it never realized its dream of 9mm glory, but still enjoys a major place in firearms history.

Additional reading:
Mauser Pistolen: Development and Production, 1877-1946

Central Powers Pistols the Great War Pistols of Germany Austria-hungary, Turkey and Bulgaria
by Jan Still

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Archival work by Georgy

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Goofed adding the ammo data overlay in the video. Here it is!

.25 ACP
Diameter: .251″
Weight: 50 g
Velocity: 760 fps

.32 ACP
Diameter: .311″
Weight: 71 g
Velocity: 905 fps

9mm Parabellum
Diameter: .355″
Weight: 123.5 g
Velocity: 1080 fps

Readers Comments (50)

  1. Sorry, i’m not a native English speaker, but why did you address the pistol and its components as "she"?

  2. Best yet, I am trying to find a decent one. Appreciate your show.

  3. Kurt twothreetwothree November 30, 2020 @ 8:09 pm

    Where do I get that shirt!?!?!

  4. lars kuno Andersen November 30, 2020 @ 8:09 pm

    you just have to have a good shot placement then you will be fine

  5. Greyhound Productions November 30, 2020 @ 8:10 pm

    I actually own an original 1914 in the 33000 serial range. It was a WWII Vets war trophy and i got for decent price in a shop in NC and when i first handled and fired my first thought was "I definitely aint selling this"

  6. That makes sense. In the heat of battle or with slippery wet hands, just inserting a fresh magazine and having the slide go forward chambering a Cartridge is fantastic.

  7. Esteban Gomez Salas November 30, 2020 @ 8:13 pm

    Tengo una de esas alemana ese modelo 1914

  8. South Coast Arms November 30, 2020 @ 8:15 pm

    Love what yall do.

  9. plus it was in the movie "Lifeboat"

  10. This all started with a gift. A 1910/1914 .25 ACP, from a friend. I’ve never even fired it, but am fascinated with the design. Purchased a .32 ACP on Gunbroker, am waiting delivery to FFL.
    I intend to shoot this one, and am going to school on it with videos such as this one.
    Great video, thumbs up, and subscribed. BTW, Mae is awesome. Not just a cute chick with a gun. She is obviously the real deal!

  11. well done, I own a 1914 pocket pistol and found this very informative.

  12. Joseph Iacovelli November 30, 2020 @ 8:18 pm

    Mae like the cowboy hat.

  13. I just saw this pistol in “The Killing” from 1956.

  14. I notice that you are using the pejorative politically incorrect term "retarded blowback"! Wouldnt it be better to use, say, something like "speed-challenged blow-back" or "rear-ward impact challenged" instead?
    Love your vids! VERY informative even to an old fart who has long since known it all about guns!.. Keep up the excellent work, you are a good team. Just wondering out loud, would more of Mae draw in more gals to the C&R shooting sports?

  15. Great medic gun

  16. Interesting fact about the Model 1910/1914: Stalin had one which he used when he was a field commander in the Russian Civil War and its constituent conflicts. Somehow he managed to lose it deep inside the Kremlin Armoury around the time when millions of angry Mauser rifles suddenly materialised in the USSR in 1941. Luckily, someone dug it out years later and put it on display at the Central Museum of the Russian Armed Forces in Moscow where it can still be seen today. They also have Admiral Alexander Kolchak’s FN 1906 preserved there.

  17. I’ve got a 1910 in .25, most comfortable and handy gun I currently own :p

  18. Any chance you guys can do a video with a FN 1922 pistol?

  19. What’s a reasonable price for one of these in okay condition?

  20. Wow so much useful cool info about this handgun! I plan on buying myself one 1914 Mauser soon.

  21. Don’t ditch the . 32 ACP, James Bond used his PPK to shoot down a helicopter!

  22. Hi Guys, great job but I wish you would quickly cover the manufacture dates and serial number ranges.

  23. I had a 1914 with the humpback slide. Really nice shooting pistol. Unfortunately it was stolen.

  24. How it is to have Marshall Zhukov as your archivist?

  25. You don’t have the specs written for the 25cal 4:00 and the 32 at 7:00 not sure if intentionally did that or just forgot. Maybe they didn’t have specs for the older cartridges. Anyway, just thought i would mention it

  26. .25 acp a popular defensive cartridge? wow.

  27. Refined Retro Reviews November 30, 2020 @ 8:33 pm

    In a fight having the slide slam forward with a new magazine would be a good thing possibly.

  28. Dude. I need help. My dad has this gun that he says is a .25 Holts(?) not colt 1914 handgun. We’re looking for a magazine, but I can not find a SINGLE thing ANYWHERE that says holts ever even made handguns. Help. Someone.

  29. Great video. Just got two of these recently. This helps things tons!

  30. Christopher Collins November 30, 2020 @ 8:36 pm

    Thanks so much for this great video and documenting all the references. My dad gave me one of these and I was able to take it apart today and clean it thanks to your history and takedown lesson. I could never figure out how to get the slide off! Also, you have a good radio voice!

  31. I have a question, do you know what is the signification of a mark : BV into a crown ?? Thank you

  32. Just watched your Mauser 1914 video and Mae makes the comment that once the magazine is out the slide is locked open, "there is no way to put it back in place unless you pop the magazine back in". My 1914 slide returns by just pulling it all the way back and releasing it. Be happy to send you a video if you like.

  33. Othais, im sorry but your German is dreadful hahahah

  34. Actually, about 60 years ago (!!) I had a clear plastic Mauser M-1914 water pistol. I loved it right up to when my mother found out where I hid it. NOT a squirt gun fan! LOL 🤗

  35. Think the Walther pp is the best 32

  36. Why they didn’t make it a .380 is beyond me. All they would need to do is change the barrel. The same slide, magazine, internal parts, frame would work. Colt, FN, Savage, Walther, Beretta and others did just that with some of their existing .32 ACP pistols and lost one round capacity wise

  37. Just found your channel a few months ago and have been watching new primers, and cherry picking guns I had interest in. Now, I went back to the beginning and have been binging the last 2 days. The content is excellent.
    Also, does anyone else catch themselves waving back sometimes?

  38. Watching Mae and Othias together presents a picture of contrasts. Othais is a picture of knowledgeable, confident, dry, subtle humor. Alternatively, Mae omits most of the humor, replacing it with her own brand of confidence and a strictly business approach. Both are engaging and quite effective. Although I have the greatest respect for me I would be dishonest if I didn’t confess that I find Mae distressingly attractive. Sure, anyone can see she’s attractive but its her nifty blend of charm, wit, and intelligence that render her presentations so fascinating, especially when compared/contrasted with Othias. They present well together!

  39. Dude, the gun is constructed over 100 years ago. Don´t compare it to a Glock, compare it to a M-1911, and compare the mechanisms.

  40. hello!!! super vidéo!! comme d’habitude, pouvez vous me dire lequel des deux pistolets Mauser 1910 en 6,35 et 1914 en 7,65 est le plus dur a trouver?
    merci encore pour les vidéos super instructives

  41. At 14:38” War were declared “ if it was format back in the day.

  42. Nice Job. Thank You.

  43. You actually can send the slide home without the magazine, you simply have to pull it all the way back and swiftly let it go.

  44. Echo (echo echo echo)

  45. can you show us how to put back all peaces when we clean it?

  46. Great video man! I own the 1910/14 and am hunting down a 1914. I own 4 .25 acp’s and the Mauser spanks all others in accuracy, even my Colts.

  47. I wish I had found these videos sooner.

  48. Mitchell Hoffarth November 30, 2020 @ 9:00 pm


    War were not declared a 7th time

  49. If you happen to have the DVD of ‘Command Decision’, one of the Special Features is a vintage short featuring the M-1914 as the war souvenir used to make ‘Souvenirs of Death’. You can probably from the description guess the deal: kid gets his hands on dad’s bring-back, accidentally shoots the beloved family dog, dad pawns it, crook gets his hands on it, etc. The point being that all these things ought to be turned in to the cops. Yeah, right. 😎

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