Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1898

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1898

Date

1916

Object Number

XII.9763

Provenance

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 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. 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. A dismantling washer appears on the side of the butt. Bayonet bar is attached to an integral nose-piece which is 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, stamped with NVM. 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, bolt lever, butt plate and boltguide. A partial serial number consisting of the last two digits appears on the dismantling catch. Internal magazine and floor-plate, and lower sling-swivel are missing.

Dimensions

BarrelLength29.1in.
BarrelLength740mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 7110

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92 x 57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER A-G over OBERNDORF over 1916receiver
stamped

Associations

Notes

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