Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Date

1895-1896

Object Number

XII.9705

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. Stamped below the receiver, on the stock: 8880

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 49.213 (1250 mm), Barrel length: 29.921 (760 mm), Weight: Normally 3.63 kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 8880

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: 4206 and circled gothic BStamped on bolt body: 06 Stamped on magazine plate: 8880 over 80

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