Original German Model 1895 Chilean Contract Mauser Rifle by Ludwig Loewe Berlin - Matching Serial C 9691
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition example of the Model 1895 Chilean Mauser Rifle, made by the renowned LUDWIG LOEWE ARMS COMPANY of BERLIN. It shows signs of service, but still retains much of the original finish, and was definitely well cared for during its service life. The bolt only has a bit of of a primer burn ring, indicating it was not actually used very much. It has a great lightly worn look and a great color!
The Ludwig Loewe company was actually part owner of Mauser Waffenfabrik from 1887 onward, which is why they were the primary contractor for the export Mauser rifles. In 1896 the company consolidated its arms manufacturing, and founded Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken, the famous D.W.M.. All rifles made 1897 onward were marked with the new company abbreviation. Therefore ANY LUDWIG LOEWE marked firearm is considered a pre-1899 ANTIQUE by U.S. FEDERAL LAW. Most Chilean Contract M-1895 Rifles and Carbines found today are marked DWM, with examples by Ludwig Loewe being hard to find.
The left side of the receiver on this incredible example is marked with the production information:
MAUSER CHILENO MODELO 1895.
MANUFACTURA LOEWE BERLIN.
To the left of this is fully matching serial number C 9691, which is also stamped on the bolt, magazine housing, and the stock, as is correct. Even the cleaning rod is matched! The shortened serial number 91 is present on many of the smaller components as well. It's very rare that we see an ALL MATCHING example like this, with no parts swapped out over the decades.
The chamber ring has a crisp Chilean coat of arms marked on it, and there is even a crisp Chilean coat of arms Cartouche over M.E. on the left side of the butt stock, indicating acceptance in that year. Most of the stock has a lovely honey color, showing no refinishing or refurbishing during service, which is why the markings are still crisp and deep. There are the usual dents, scratches, and small gouges expected on a service used rifle, abut no major cracks or chips.
The metalwork is in great condition, with the original bluing almost entirely retained, even the "Niter Blue" color on the springs for the bands. magazine follower, and the bolt release. The bright steel bolt and cleaning rod are just lovely, showing just a bit of light staining. The bore is excellent, with a bright finish and crisp lands and grooves.
Another Military Contract from the Victorian era that Mauser managed to snag from all its European competitors. In great condition and ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: 1895
Caliber: 7×57mm Mauser
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 29 Inches
Overall Length: 48 1/2 Inches
Action type: Bolt-Action
Feed System: 5 round internal magazine
More on the Mauser Model 1895:
The Mauser Model 1895 is a bolt operated magazine fed rifle using the 7×57mm Mauser cartridge. It was exported to many overseas powers, including the Chilean forces which adopted as the Fusil Mauser Chileno Mo 1895. It is the first major modification of the Mauser Model 1893 and was produced by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken, known as DWM, and Ludwig Loewe Company from 1895 to 1900.
First supplied by the Ludwig Loewe & Co during 1895-1896 then later by the DWM (1897-1900), the Mauser model 1895 first made its appearance during a small arms race between Argentina and Chile in 1896 and 1898. In this period, over 80,000 Model 1895 rifles and 30,000 Model 1895 carbines were shipped and deployed to the Chilean army.
The Mauser Model 1895 also saw service in Mexico, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Iran, El Salvador and Honduras. Mauser Model 1895 rifles and carbines were the standard weapons of the various Mexican armies during the Mexican Revolution while the Paraguayan rifles saw combat during the Chaco War. Forces led by Pancho Villa during the Mexican Revolution and later guerilla campaign would have been armed with these rifles.
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