Original Excellent German Model 1895 Chilean Contract Mauser Rifle by Ludwig Loewe Berlin - serial E9504
Original Item: Only One Available. This is an incredible excellent condition unissued example of the Model 1895 Chilean Mauser Rifle, made by the renowned LUDWIG LOEWE ARMS COMPANY of BERLIN. There are barely any signs of firing, not even a primer burn ring on the bolt face. The wear to the stock is all from storage and handling, and we see no sign that it was carried in active service. We do not expect to have another Mauser of any type in this condition anytime soon!
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 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 serial number E9504, which is also stamped on the bolt, magazine housing, cleaning rod, and the stock, as is correct. The shortened serial number 04 is present on many of the smaller components, as is correct, making this a very desirable "All Matching" example, and it's a great one!
The chamber has a crisp Chilean coat of arms marked on it, and there is even a crisp Chilean coat of arms Cartouche over date 1895 on the left side of the butt stock. The rest of the stock is a lovely honey color, showing no oiling or refinishing during service. There are just scattered pressure dents, scrapes, and other wear from over 100 years of age and storage. Otherwise, it looks like it did when it left the factory.
The metal is in a similar 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 almost no staining. The bore looks to be completely unused, with sharp lands and grooves and no signs of wear or oxidation.
Another Military Contract from the Victorian era that Mauser managed to snag from all its European competitors. In fantastic condition and ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: pre-1897
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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