Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Gewehr 98 rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Gewehr 98 rifle

Date

1916

Object Number

XII.9810

Provenance

Transferred from COD Weedon in 1925 (1927 list no. 71). 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. 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 and underside of butt. A partial serial number consisting of the last two digits appears on the dismantling catch, magazine floor plate and magazine plate.

Dimensions

Barrellength29.1 in.
Barrellength740 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 305

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92 x 57 mm) _

Inscriptions and Marks

Crown over AMBERG over 1916 and GEW 988receiver
stamped
Numberingbolt guide
stamped
Numberingbutt
stamped
Numberingcleaning rod found beneath the muzzle
stamped

Associations

Notes

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