Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Date

1896-1920

Object Number

XII.9526

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, stamped with 9958. 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 side of butt: Four or five gothic initials, possibly T T I J V (?).
Painted on the butt in white paint: 5

Dimensions

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

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number A8734

Calibre

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. Stamped on bolt arm: Crowned Gothic B 8104.Stamped on bolt body: 04. Stamped on magazine plate: A 8734 over 34

Associations

Notes

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