Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle



Object Number



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

Physical Description

The action is a standard Mauser bolt with a straight bolt handle, having a non-rotating extractor. Fitted with an internal charger loaded box magazine holding five cartridges. Stocked to within 9cm of muzzle with one barrel band, underneath the barrel is a half length cleaning rod, now missing. The metal parts usually blued and polished except for the receiver, bolt and butt-plate. The barrel is rifled with four grooves and fitted with a tangent leaf backsight and an open barley corn foresight. Nose cap with standard bayonet bar. The serial number is found the left of the receiver. The upper sling-swivel is fitted to the right hand side of the fore-end. The lower sling-swivel takes the form of a carbine ring fitted to the right hand side of the butt. Carved on right side of butt: V. Stamped on the butt on the left side: Circled Gothic cypher TC (?). Stamped below the receiver, on the stock: 6198


BarrelLength600 mm
OverallLength950 mm


Serial Number 6198


7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver: DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN above BERLIN and a horizontal crowned gothic I Stamped on bolt arm: 6198 and Circled gothic BStamped on magazine plate: 6198 over 98



See W.H.B. Smith, 'Mauser Rifles and Pistols', The Military Service Publishing Company, 1947.
Ludwig E. Olson, 'Mauser Bolt Rifles', Fadco Publishing Co. 1957