Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military carbine - Mauser Model KAR 1898-AZ

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military carbine - Mauser Model KAR 1898-AZ

Date

1917

Object Number

XII.9833

Provenance

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

Physical Description

One piece receiver of 'solid-bridge' type. Standard Mauser pattern dismantling catch lies on the rear left side of the receiver body. Bolt handle with half sphere knob turned down against a recess in the stock. The underside of the grasping knob is chequered to facilitate grip. Internal magazine of five rounds capacity. Stocked in one piece with a finger groove. A wooden handguard runs from the receiver ring to the nosecap. The butt has an aperture in which to anchor a sling. The nosecap is of a hinged pattern that clamps the bayonet bar to the stock. Beneath the muzzle is a piling hook with a ball tip, instead of a cleaning rod. Barrel rifled with four grooves. Fitted with a leaf tangent backsight and barleycorn frontsight surrounded by 'eared' sight protectors. The foresight protector also mounts a small forward projection under which a muzzle protector locks. The serial number is found on the left of the receiver. The serial number is also found on the bolt arm, magazine plate and butt plate. The magazine floor-plate is missing.

Dimensions

OverallLength1090mm
BarrelLength590mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 5410

Calibre

8 mm

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on the receiver: Crown over ERFURT over 1917 and KAR 98magazine plate, bolt guide and dismantling catch: partial serial number 10

Associations

Bibliographic References

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