Originally Posted by kanemono
Mauser Broomhandle's were imported from China in the millions during the 1980's
These were some of the pistols imported at that time. I bought he Bolo rig from Val Forgett. His company Navy Arms bought a small number of Bolo's with their bolo sized Chinese made shoulder stock holsters from the Shanghai Police Department. The piece shown is one of those guns.
Just to clarify for the ones the were not aware of these back in the mid 1980s and early 90s, there were not literally millions imported (I do appreciate your point I think that it seemed that way going to shows for a few years and seeing the piles of them) but I would not doubt many thousands....maybe even a few tens of thousands came in.
From what I saw most of them were very rough condition... bad pitting, no finish, no two parts matching in many cases, smooth grips, crude welded, hammered and riveted repairs, no rifling in the bore...and those were the good ones!
Now, 20 years later I rarely see one or at least more than one or two for sale at any show except the huge ones like maybe Gun Day.
I agree with the the others that these are iconic Chinese weapons that participated in most of the Chinese historic events of the 20th century....they are way underrated....but I think that is changing. I'm lucky to own an all matched Bolo one, in decent shape inside and out, never import marked ( a few slipped thru in the early days of the imports) I doubt that I own a firearm that served longer and thru any more dramatic human events than did that Bolo.