Original German Mauser Model 1871/84 Magazine Rifle by Amberg Arsenal Dated 1888 - Serial No 76933

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great example of the Mauser Model 1871/84 rifle, which is covered with Imperial German and Bavarian inspection and acceptance markings on the metal work, though they are a bit worn in places. The serial number 76933 appears on the barrel, bolt, receiver, and butt plate, while the barrel bands, butt plate, and many screws and other parts have shortened number 33. We would definitely consider this an "all matching" example, and it's a great one!

The receiver is dated 1888. 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 in good condition. The exterior metal finish is still very good, with the barrel and most parts blued, while the receiver and bolt are still bright steel, which has light staining. There is a bit of wear in places, but overall it still has that lovely look. The markings in the metal and stock are still nice and crisp.

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.

The tang of the butt plate is marked with regimental marking B 3 RE / 36, a correct Bavarian marking, most likely for the Bavarian 3rd Regiment (Ersatz), company 36, or something similar. This rifle shows very little sign of use, so was most likely kept as a sample or unissued, and then when needed for a reserve unit, was put into service.

The wood stock is very good condition, with a great color, and has light denting in some areas, as well as minor scratches. It does not show signs of ever having been arsenal reconditioned, and the cartouches are still easily legible. There are no repairs, and it has a great grain. The bore is in excellent condition, with a bright finish and crisp lands and grooves. The rifle cycles correctly, and the magazine cutoff is fully functional.

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

Very attractive and ready to display!

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.

Offered in excellent collectible condition, with a rare and desirable unit marking.


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

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