Original German-made Spanish Contract Mauser Model 1893 by Ludwig Loewe - Serial F4912
Original Item: Only one Available. It is really unusual to find a Spanish-contract Mauser Model 1893 Rifle in such nice condition as this. This model rifle, like most of the famous Mauser rifles, was designed by Paul Mauser himself, and is chambered in 7×57mm Mauser. While almost always referred to as the "Spanish Mauser", this design was also marketed to various other governments worldwide.
This example was manufactured by Ludwig Loewe of Berlin, and is marked as such on the side of the receiver:
MAUSER ESPAÑOL MODEL 1893
MANUFACTURA LOEWE BERLIN
Ludwig Loewe (1837 – 1886) was an industrialist and philanthropist in Germany, and owned various companies, including arms producer Ludwig Loewe & Company. The company itself also held controlling interest in several other arms companies, including Waffenfabrik Mauser. After Ludwig passed away in 1886, his brother Isidor ran the company.
In 1896, Ludwig Loewe & Cie obtained a majority interest in the Karlsruhe-based Deutsche Metallpatronenfabrik. In the same year, it was decided to merge the ammunition production of Deutsche Metallpatronenfabrik with Loewe's firearms branch in Berlin, creating a new company of which Loewe remained the owner: Deutsche Waffen- und Munitionsfabriken (DWM).
As this rifle is still marked Loewe, it was produced prior to this change, and it is indeed faintly marked BERLIN 1896 on top of the chamber, directly under the faded Spanish coat of arms. It is also marked with serial number F4912 on the side of the chamber.
The rifle is in great condition, with lots of the original finish retained, and a great stock. The handguard around the sight even has a great bit of tiger figuring to the grain. Rifle cycles nicely, and does not appear to have any mechanical issues. The bore is very nice, with a bright finish and clear lands and grooves. Cleaning rod is present, and unscrews nicely, though the front end has gotten stained from years of exposure to the air, while the rest is still bright steel.
A great example of the Model 1893 Mauser, still in the original configuration and ready to display!
Year of Manufacture: 1896
Caliber: 7x57mm Mauser
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Overall Length: 48.5 Inches
Barrel Length: 29.06 inches
Action type: Bolt-Action
Feed System: 5 round internal magazine
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