Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Date

1895-1896

Object Number

XII.9629

Provenance

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 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 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: L.J.MEYER. The stock is badly cracked at the small. Alternative sling swivels fitted at fore-end and in front of magazine plate. The lower sling swivel has been removed.

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 A3871

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 B 9272 Stamped on magazine plate: A 3871 over 71

Associations

Notes

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