Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1896

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1896



Object Number



Old Tower Collection. Believed to have been captured during first world 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 reciever, bolt and butt-plate. The barrel is rifled with six grooves and fitted with atangent 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 on the right side JCB inside a circle. Stamped below the reciever on the stock 8665


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


Serial Number 8665


7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on reciever DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN above BERLIN Stamped on magazine plate 8665 over 65



See J.Walter, 'The German Rifle', The Arms and Armour Press, 1979