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 9cms 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 bolt and butt-plate. The barrel is rifled with four 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 receiver. Carved on right side of butt: M.F. Deebeer. Stamped below the receiver, on the stock: O.V.S. 2620.


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


Serial Number OVS2620


7.92 mm Mauser (7.92 x 57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver:MOD MAUSER 1897 over DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN above BERLIN and a horizontal crowned gothic I. Stamped at the breech with DWM gothic monogram. Stamped on bolt arm: 2620 and a crowned Gothic I Stamped on bolt body: 20 Stamped on magazine plate: 2620 over 20



See W.H.B. Smith, 'Mauser Rifles and Pistols', The Military Service Publishing Company, 1947.
Ludwig E. Olson, 'Mauser Bolt Rifles', Fadco Publishing Co. 1957