Original Excellent Imperial German Mauser Model 1871/84 Magazine Service Rifle by Amberg Dated 1887 - Matching Serial 71699

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent barely used example of the Mauser Model 1871/84 rifle, the first Magazine rifle widely used by the German Empire. While not quite "Museum Grade", it only shows light storage wear and some staining, and does not appear to have ever been issued. The rifle is covered with Imperial German and Bavarian inspection and acceptance markings, which are sill fully visible. The serial number 71699 or shortened number 99 appear on almost every component of the rifle, making this a very nice "ALL MATCHING" example. If you were looking for a great example for your collection, this is it!

The receiver is dated 1887. on the right and marked I. G. Mod. 71/84. on the opposite side in "Black Letter" typeface. The rifle is complete with all major parts intact and functional, and almost all of the original finish. The receiver is bright steel with minor staining, while the barrel and other fittings are a lovely blued finish, with just some light oxidation in areas. It looks like an unissued gun that was kept in storage for decades, with maybe a wipe down occasionally to keep it clean.

The top of the chamber is marked (Crown) over Amberg, for the Bavarian (and later Imperial) arsenal in Amberg, in the Kingdom of Bavaria. Below this is the Crown over L proof for Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria, who reigned from 1886–1912. His nephew Otto was technically the King, however he was deemed unfit for rule, so his uncle and later cousin ruled in his stead. Next to this is a 10,95 designation, giving the bore diameter in millimeters.

The butt plate tang of the rifle gives the clear regimental designation B. L. R. R. 81, which almost certainly stands for the Royal Bavarian Infantry Lifeguards Regiment, known in German as the Königlich Bayerisches Infanterie-Leib-Regiment. First raised July 16, 1814 and garrisoned in München (Munich), it was part of the I Royal Bavarian Corps (I. Königlich Bayerisches Armee-Korps). The unit was a household-lifeguard (bodyguard) regiment of the Bavarian kings from the end of the Napoleonic Wars until the fall of the Wittelsbach monarchy and the subsequent disbanding of the Bavarian army. Life guard regiments were usually staffed by the elite of German society, so it's not abnormal to find rifles that have seen very little service marked to these regiments.

The bore is in excellent condition, with a bright finish and crisp lands and grooves. It shows little to no signs of ever having been used, and probably qualifies as truly "MINT". There is no primer ring at all on the bolt, so we would wager that this gun was never fired after the proof firing at the factory. The action cycles great, with no issues, and the magazine cutoff is fully functional. The stock has just a few small dents from storage, and we do not see any signs of service. The cartouches are all still crisp and fully legible. It has a lovely color and grain, with a lovely finish that looks like hand-rubbed gunstock wax.

This gun is most likely a WW1 Veteran's "bring back" souvenir. Great quantities of these 71/84 Rifles were pressed into service in WW1 since great piles of them had been put into storage in 1888 with the introduction of the M-1888 7.92mm German Commission Rifle.

This is a chance to add a fantastic early Mauser rifle to your collection. Ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1887
Caliber: 11x60mmR Mauser
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 32 inches
Overall Length: 51 Inches
Action type: Bolt-Action
Feed System: 8 Round Tubular Magazine

Originally adopted as the Gewehr 71 or Infanterie-Gewehr 71, or "Infantry Rifle 71 ("I.G.Mod.71" was stamped on the rifles themselves) this was the first rifle model in a distinguished line designed and manufactured by Paul Mauser and Wilhelm Mauser of the Mauser company, and later mass-produced at Spandau arsenal.

Paul Mauser developed his bolt-action rifle from 1866 to 1871. During 1870-71 trials with many different rifles took place, with the "M1869 Bavarian Werder" being the Mausers' chief competitor. The Mauser was provisionally adopted on 2 December 1871, pending the development of an appropriate safety. With support from the government's Spandau arsenal, the improvements to the safety mechanism were completed and the rifle was formally accepted on 14 February 1872 as Infantry Rifle Model 1871 by the German Empire excluding Bavaria. The action was not based on its predecessor, the Dreyse needle gun which had seen service during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, and which was found to have a number of weaknesses.

The now well known Mauser "wing" type safety lever was developed for the Gewehr 71. The Gewehr 71 is a conventional looking bolt action chambered in 11mm using black powder cartridges. The action included only a bolt guide rib as its single locking lug, locking forward of the receiving bridge. The original design was a single-shot. The design was updated in 1884 with an 8-round tubular magazine designed by Alfred von Kropatschek, making this Germany's first repeating rifle. This version was designated the Gewehr 1871/84. A version of this repeater was adopted by the Ottoman Empire. Designated the M1887, it differentiated from the M71/84 in that it had a side mounted cleaning rod, a second locking lug on the rear of the bolt, and it was in caliber 9.5×60mmR, which Paul Mauser touted as the most efficient (black powder) cartridge. In the early 20th century a few were converted to 7.65×53mm smokeless by the arsenal in Ankara.

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