Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Date

1895-1896

Object Number

XII.9676

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 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. The lower sling swivel is missing. Stamped on the butt on the right side: Crowned gothic T Stamped below the receiver, on the stock: B 2175 Stamped on the underside of the butt: Obscure gothic letter

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 49.231 in (1250 mm), Barrel length: 29.921 in (760 mm), Weight: Normally 3.63 kg.

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number B2175

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver: B 2175 MOD MAUSER 1896 over LUDW LOEWE & Co. BERLIN and a horizontal crowned gothic I Stamped on bolt arm: B 2175 Crowned Gothic I Stamped on magazine plate: B 2175 over 75

Associations

Notes

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