Original German Made Model 1895 Chilean Contract Mauser Artillery Short Rifle by Ludwig Loewe Berlin - Serial B 7076
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a very nice service used condition example of the Model 1895 Chilean Mauser Artillery Short Rifle, made by the renowned LUDWIG LOEWE ARMS COMPANY of BERLIN. It shows signs of long service, but does not have any major wear or damage from abuse. This gives it a lovely worn patina that is simply impossible to duplicate.
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 Pre-1899 ANTIQUES 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 lovely example is marked with the production information:
MAUSER CHILENO MODELO 1895.
MANUFACTURA LOEWE BERLIN.
To the left of this is serial number B 7076, which is also stamped on magazine housing, with shortened serial number 76 present on the magazine floor plate. The bolt is marked with non-matching serial number A 8034, and other components were probably swapped out as well. The marking on the stock has worn away, and the cleaning rod is an unmatched arsenal fabricated replacement, common for guns that were in service for a long time.
The Chilean Coat of Arms over the chamber has been worn away, or possibly removed on purpose, and cleaning and wear have also removed the butt stock cartouche. The metalwork was originally all blued, but only the barrel still retains a good amount of the original finish, with most other parts now a dull gray patina. There is still much of the "niter blue" finish on the magazine follower, as it is a very durable finish. The stock is in good condition, showing wear from long service, and it has definitely been arsenal refurbished at least once, removing the original markings. It has a lovely honey color, with a warm glow.
The rifle cycles well, with a crisp dry fire, though we are not able to check to see if the magazine still feeds. The bore is in good condition, showing clear rifling, but also fouling and oxidation from use.
Another Military Contract from the Victorian era that Mauser managed to snag from all its European competitors. In very nice condition and ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: 1895
Caliber: 7×57mm Mauser
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 21.25 Inches
Overall Length: 41.2 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.
A Model 1895 short rifle was also produced, adopted as the Mosqueton Mauser Chileno Mo 1895, a slightly longer version of the carbine with an overall length of 41.2 in (1,046 mm), a 21.25 in (540 mm) barrel and a 1,400 m (1,531 yd) rear sight. The only other modifications are a bent bolt handle and sling swivels on the left side of the barrel band and stock
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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