Original German Model 1895 Chilean Contract Mauser Rifle by Ludwig Loewe Berlin - Serial E 3664

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is an excellent condition example of the Model 1895 Chilean Mauser Rifle, made by the renowned LUDWIG LOEWE ARMS COMPANY of BERLIN. It shows signs of light service, but still retains much of the original finish, and was definitely well cared for during its service life. The bolt only has a bit of of a primer burn ring, indicating it was not actually used very much. It has a great lightly worn look and a great color!

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 a pre-1899 ANTIQUE 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 incredible example is marked with the production information:


To the left of this is serial number E 3664, which is also stamped on the bolt, magazine housing, and the stock, as is correct. The shortened serial number 64 is present on many of the smaller components as well. The only non-matching component is the cleaning rod (marked E 1755), probably swapped out during cleaning when in service. This is an excellent "MOSTLY MATCHING" example, with no functional parts swapped out over the years.

The chamber ring has a Chilean coat of arms marked on it, and there is even a crisp Chilean coat of arms Cartouche over M.F. on the left side of the butt stock, a marking that may indicate that the stock was replaced at some point. There is unfortunately no consensus on what the marking means. The stock has a lovely red brown color due, and shows light wear from storage and service, but no major structural damage. There are the expected dents, scratches, and dings, especially on the left side of the butt stock, which looks like it was banging against something long term. There is also scattered light staining as well, which we have left in place to preserve the patina.

The metalwork is in very good condition, with the original bluing very well retained, except on the butt plate, which is usually the first place to show wear. There is even some of the the "Niter Blue" color on the springs for the bands. magazine follower, and the bolt release. The bright steel bolt and cleaning rod are just lovely, showing just a bit of light staining.

The rifle cycles great, with no issues that we can see. The "wing" safety is fully functional, working exactly as intended with no mechanical issues to note. It prevents firing in the "up" position, and prevents both cycling and firing in the "right" position. The bolt release works correctly, allowing easy field stripping of the rifle. The bore is in very good condition, showing strong lands and grooves and a bright finish. There is just a bit of wear and evidence of past fouling, and the bolt does display a light primer ring, so it definitely saw at least light service.

Another Military Contract from the Victorian era that Mauser managed to snag from all its European competitors. In lovely condition and ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1895
Caliber: 7×57mm Mauser
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 29 Inches

Overall Length: 48 1/2 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.

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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