Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Date

1895-1896

Object Number

XII.9635

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 8091. 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 left side of butt: TD Marked on right side of butt in brass nails: JDT Handguard is missing

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 A8877

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver: MOD mauser 1896 over LUDW. LOEWE & Co BERLIN and a horizontal crowned gothic I Stamped on bolt arm: Crowned Gothic I and A 8877 Stamped on magazine plate: 8877 over 77 Barrel: Forward of breech marked A8877 and Crowned Gothic I

Associations

Notes

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