Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle



Object Number



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. Stamped on the butt on the right side: Crowned gothic T. Stamped below the receiver, on the stock: B 4798.


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


Serial Number B4798


7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm) _

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver: MOD mauser 1896 over LUDW. LOEWE & Co BERLINand a horizontal crowned gothic I, A 3183. Stamped on bolt arm: Crowned Gothic I A 3183. Stamped on magazine plate: B 4798 over 98



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