Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser rifle

Date

1895-1896

Object Number

XII.9838

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 protected barley corn foresight. The upper sling-swivel is fitted to the left side of the fore-end. The lower sling-swivel takes the form of a carbine ring attached to the left side of the butt. Nose cap with standard bayonet bar. The serial number is found the left of the receiver. Carved on right side of butt: A large (one inch tall) gothic K or R. Stamped on the butt on the right side: Crowned gothic T. Stamped below the receiver, on the stock: 1687

Dimensions

BarrelLength600 mm
OverallLength950 mm

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 1687

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver: MOD MAUSER 1896 over LUDW. LOEWE & Co. BERLIN and a horizontal crowned gothic I. Stamped on bolt arm: 1687 and a horizontal gothic I Stamped on magazine plate: 1687 over 87

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