Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Date

1895-1896

Object Number

XII.9709

Provenance

Old Tower Collection. Believed to have been captured during the Boer War

Physical Description

The action is a standard Mauser bolt with a straight bolt handle, having a non-rotating extractor. Fitted with an internal charger loaded box magazine holding five cartridges. Stocked to within 9cm of muzzle with one barrel band, underneath the barrel is a half length cleaning rod, now missing. The metal parts usually blued and polished except for the receiver, bolt and butt-plate. The barrel is rifled with four grooves and fitted with a tangent leaf backsight and an open barley corn foresight.


Nose cap with standard bayonet bar. The serial number is found the left of the receiver. Carved on underside of butt: P Attached label reads: Quarter Masters Dept Batau Ward Barracks Bulford Camp Salisbury Wilts For HQ South West District

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 49.212 in (1250 mm), Barrel length: 29.921 in (760 mm), Weight: Normally 3.63 kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 2965

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver: DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN above BERLIN and a circled gothic BStamped on bolt arm: B 8358 and crowned Gothic IStamped on magazine plate: B 9002 over 10

Associations

Notes

See W.H.B. Smith, Mauser Rifles and Pistols, The Military Service Publishing Company, 1947.
Ludwig E. Olson, Mauser Bolt Rifles, Fadco Publishing Co. 1957