Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Date

1895-1896

Object Number

XII.9636

Provenance

Old Tower Collection. Believed to have been captured duringthe 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, stamped with B 9643 The metal parts usually blued and polished except for the receiver, 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 Carved on right side of butt: J.(?) V.Z. Painted on left butt: 240 Stamped on the butt on the right side: Crowned Gothic T Stamped below the receiver, on the stock: B 8240

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 B8240

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver: Crowned Gothic I and MOD mauser 1896 over LUDW. LOEWE & Co BERLINStamped on bolt arm: Crowned Gothic I and B8240 Stamped on magazine plate: B 8240 over 58

Associations

Notes

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