Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1896

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1896



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. Carved on left side of butt: DJ. Carved on the right side of butt: HOPPER MAO. Fore end of stock: I. HERMAN (?). Stamped below the receiver, on the stock: B 5867


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


Serial Number B5867


7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm) _

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver:MOD mauser 1896 over LUDW. LOEWE & Co BERLIN. Stamped on bolt arm: Crowned Gothic I B 1973. Stamped on bolt body: 3 Stamped on magazine plate: B 5867 over 67



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