Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1898

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1898

Object Number



Old Tower Collection. Believed to have been captured during the First World War

Physical Description

Receiver of one-piece 'solid-bridge' type. Standard Mauser pattern dismantling catch on rear left side of receiver body. The bolt is a fitted with a non-rotating extractor, formed from a single piece of sheet steel. The bolt is bored out from the rear to accept the striker and the mainspring assembly. The cocking piece is attached to the striker, which runs into the bolt body through the cocking piece guide or bolt plug. Internal magazine with a capacity of 5 rounds. Stocked in one piece with a finger groove. Wooden handguard running from just ahead of the backsight to a short way in front of the barrel band this is retained in place by a leaf-spring. Marking disc or dismantling washer appears on side of butt. Bayonet bar is attached to an integral nose-piece whichis clamped to the stock fore-end by a barrel band. This is retained in place by a leaf spring. A half length cleaning rod found beneath the muzzle, now missing. Barrel is rifled with four grooves. Backsight is a Lange pattern tangent sight. Foresight is an unprotected barleycorn. The serial number is found in full on the breech, barrel, magazine plate, and underside of butt. A partial serial number consisting of the last two digits appears on the magazine floor plate and magazine plate. Damage: Front sling swivel is bent. Rear sling-swivel is missing. Stamped on right side of butt: B


Dimensions: Length overall: 49.213 in (1250 mm), Barrel length: 29.134 in (740 mm), Weight: Normally 4.15 kg.


Serial Number 2350


7.92 mm Mauser (7.92 x 57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver: Imperfectly distinguishable mark of D.W.M. and GEW 98


Places Germany


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