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Unread 05-07-2002, 10:27 PM   #9
Ron Wood
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Although a well made weapon, it is 109 years old and deserves retirement. It has a complex, laminated serpentine mainspring that is too great a risk to break. I doubt that I could find an original, and I wouldn't want to lay out the bucks to have a new one fabricated (and it still wouldn't be original). The cartridge is is not the same as .30 Luger. It is dimensionally the same as the C96 Mauser, but not nearly as powerful. Original Borchardt rounds are themselves very collectable. Attempting to shoot the Mauser round in a Borchardt would be a disaster, almost certainly damaging if not destroying the gun.

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