Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle



Object Number



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 muzzel 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 reciever, bolt and butt-plate, though not in this case, the butt plate is painted black. The barrel is rifled with six 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 reciever. Stamped on the butt is I MRV over 113. Stamped below the reciever on the stock O.V.S over 852.


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


Serial Number 852


7.92 mm Mauser (7.92X57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on reciever O.V.S. over 852 MOD mauser 1896 over LUDW. LOEWE & Co BERLIN Stamped on bolt arm Crowned (gothic) I A2442



See J.Walter, 'The German Rifle', The Arms and Armour Press, 1979 The stamp IMRV stands for Imperial Mounted Rifle Volunteers.