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. Three holes ar epierced in the right side of the fore end stock. Stocked to within 9cm of muzzle with one barrel band, underneath the barrel is a half length cleaning rod, now missing. The breech is stamped with an indecipherable cypher. The metal parts usually blued and polished except for the receiver, 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 reciever. Stamped on the buttplate tang: * Stamped below the receiver, on the stock: O.V.S 376


Dimensions: Overall length: 49.213 in (1250 mm), Barrel length: 29.912 in (760 mm), Weight: Normally 3.63 kg.


Serial Number OVS376


7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver:MOD MAUSER 1895 over LUDW. LOEWE & Co. BERLINand a vertical crowned gothic IStamped on bolt arm: Crowned Gothic I, B4694 Stamped on magazine plate: 376 over 76



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