Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Date

1893-1920

Object Number

XII.9837

Provenance

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. Upper sling-swivel fitted on the left side of fore-end. Rear sling swivel takes the form of a carbine ring fitted to the left side of the butt. The fore-end of the stock has been cut in half in front of the receiver. Nose cap with standard bayonet bar. The serial number is found the left of the receiver. Carved on left side of butt: LP & W
Stamped on the butt on the right side: Circled gothic cypher TC (?)
Stamped below the receiver, on the stock: 6614

Dimensions

BarrelLength600mm
OverallLength950mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 6614

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver: DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN above BERLIN and a circled gothic BStamped on bolt arm: 6614 and circled gothic BStamped on magazine plate: 6614 over 14

Associations

Notes

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