Original German Mauser Model 1871 Infantry Rifle by Danzig Arsenal - Serial No 8154

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a nice example of the Mauser Model 1871 Infantry Rifle, manufactured by Danzig Arsenal in what was then part of the German Empire. It is covered with Imperial German inspection and acceptance markings, even on the wood stock. It definitely has been reworked at arsenal however, as it bears multiple different serial numbers. The receiver is marked with 8154, while the barrel, trigger guard, and most of the stock fittings are marked with 2500 / Z. The bolt is unmatched. Most likely the original receiver suffered damage, and was replaced with a spare, common for rifles removed from front line service.

The receiver is dated 1873 and marked I. G. Mod. 71 on the opposite side in German "Black Letter" type. This stands for Infanterie Gewehr (Infantry Rifle) Model 71. The top of the barrel knoxform is marked Crown over DANZIG, for the Prussian (and later Imperial) arsenal in the Baltic Sea port city of Danzig, which is today known as Gdańsk, Poland. Below this is the Crown over FW proof for Kaiser Wilhelm I, who used the F.W. monogram. 

The Rifle comes complete with cleaning rod and is in good condition overall. Interestingly, it has a brass trigger guard installed. The rifle still has both sling swivels intact. The exterior metal finish is somewhat worn, with the grayish color of aged bluing. There is a bit of light peppering, but nothing major. The bore is in very good condition, with crisp lands and grooves, with a mostly bright finish. While the exterior shows a lot of use, it was not fired much at all.

Stock is also in good condition, and has a great aged look. It has the expected dents and dings from long service and storage, but no major cracks or other issues. It has been sanded down, so the original stock proofs are very faint and hard to see.

Overall this is an very nice example of a service used German Mauser model 1871. The perfect addition to any German Mauser collection!

History of the Mauser 1871

Adopted as the Gewehr 71 or Infanterie-Gewehr 71, or "Infantry Rifle 71 ("I.G.Mod.71" was stamped on the rifles themselves) 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.


Year of Manufacture: circa 1876
Caliber: 11x60mmR Mauser
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 33.5 inches
Overall Length: 53 Inches

Action type: Bolt-Action
Feed System: Single Shot

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