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. 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 left side of the butt: IJO (on a stippled ground)
Carved on the right side of the butt: ORR
Stamped on the butt on the left side: Circled gothic TC (?)


BarrelLength600 mm
OverallLength950 mm


Serial Number 5172


7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on receiver: DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN above BERLIN and a horizontal circled gothic B Stamped on bolt arm: 5421 and circled gothic B Stamped on magazine plate: 5172 over 72



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