Original German Mauser Model 1871/84 Magazine Rifle Dated 1887 - Matching Serial Number 4543
Original Item: Only One Available. This is a wonderful all matching serial number example of the Mauser Model 1871/84 rifle. It is covered with Imperial German inspection and acceptance markings, even on the wood stock. The serial number 4543 appears on the barrel, receiver, and bolt, while smaller components have 43 stamped. The receiver is dated 1887 and marked I. G. Mod. 71/84. on the opposite side.
Complete with all parts intact and functional. Only issue is that the firing pin retainer has a brazed repair. The exterior metal finish on the fittings does show wear, but no evidence of pitting, and the barrel and receiver are in similar condition. The wood stock is in good condition, with only small dents and scratches, and is flamed/figured from butt to muzzle. The bore is in good condition, mostly bright with clear land and grooves. Some minor corrosion is evident in the bore. The top of the chamber was marked by DANZIG arsenal on the Baltic Sea, where this rifle was produced under contract. The Rifle bears its original REGIMENTAL MARKINGS on the butt plate tang:- 50.R.15.163.
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 very nice fully functional condition.
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