Object Title

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1888

Centrefire bolt-action magazine military rifle - Mauser Model 1888

Date

1889

Object Number

XII.9850

Provenance

Old Tower Collection .

Physical Description

Receiver is a one piece forging of the 'split-bridge' type. The bolt handle locks down in front of the bridge portion. A small pivoted bolt-stop lies on the rear left side of the receiver and pivots outward to release the bolt. The bolt is a slender forged tube with an integral handle terminating in a spherical grasping knob. The spring loaded striker slides inside the hollow bolt body, the cocking piece and the safety mechanism attaches to the striker extension. Standard Mauser type 'wing' safety mechanism on cocking piece. Trigger guard and magazine unit formed from a single machining. The magazine is of the clip loading type with a capacity of five rounds.
Straight one piece stock with reinforced butt toe. There is a single intermediate barrel band, retained by a leaf-spring and carrying the front sling swivel. The rear sling swivel is positioned on the underside of the butt, although there is an alternative anchor position in the front portion of the magazine.
The barrel has four grooves to the bore. The backsight is of the tangent leaf type. The frontsight is of the open barleycorn type.
The serial number is found on the left of the receiver, the underside of the magazine housing and the bolt lever

Dimensions

Dimensions: Overall length: 49.016 in (1245 mm), Barrel length: 29.134 in (740 mm), Weight: 3.90 kg

Firearms/Artillery

Serial Number 3783

Calibre

7.92 mm Mauser (7.92x57 mm)

Inscriptions and Marks

Stamped on the receiver: Crown over DANZIG over 1889 and G.mod.88

Associations

Notes

See J.Walter, 'The German Rifle', The Arms and ArmourPress, 1979