Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1896

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1896

Date

1896-1920

Object Number

XII.9517

Provenance

Old Tower Collection. Believed to have been captured during the 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 muzzel with one barrel band, the fore end badly cracked, 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 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 on the right side IMRV 175 and JBC in a circle. Stamped below the reciever on the stock 8053

Dimensions

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

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 8053

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on reciever DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN above BERLIN

Associations

Notes

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