Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1898

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1898

Date

1915

Object Number

XII.9784

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. 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 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, 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, butt plate, boltguide and underside of butt. A partial serial number consisting of the last two digits appears on the dismantling catch and magazine plate. Magazine floorplate with partial serial 54. Bolt lever with serial number 5640.

Dimensions

BarrelLength29.1in.
BarrelLength740mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 4654

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92 x 57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN over BERLIN over 1915 and GEW 98receiver
stamped

Associations

Notes

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