Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Date

1895-1896

Object Number

XII.9736

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 receiver. Carved on right side of butt: C over line over WL. Stamped on the butt on the right side: IMRV 150 and circled gothic cypher TC
Stamped below the receiver, on the stock: 9796

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 4796

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver: DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN above BERLIN and a circled gothic B Stamped on bolt arm: 4796 and circled gothic B Stamped on bolt body: 96 Stamped on magazine plate: 4796 over 96

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 The stamp IMRV stands for Imperial Mounted Rifle Volunteers.