Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Date

1896-1920

Object Number

XII.9527

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

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 4557

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm) _

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver:DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN above BERLINand a circled gothic B.Stamped on bolt arm: Crowned Gothic I A 656.Stamped on magazine plate: 4557 over 57

Associations

Notes

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