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Mauser Model 1895
Place of originGerman Empire
Service history
In service1895–
Used bySee Users
Second Boer War
Mexican Revolution
Production history
ManufacturerLudwig Loewe & Company 1895–1896
Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken 1897–1900
VariantsMauser Model 1895 Short Rifle
Mauser Model 1895 Carbine
Mass3.9 kg (8.6 lb)
Length1,220 mm (48.03 in)
Barrel length740 mm (29.13 in)
Cartridge7×57mm Mauser
Muzzle velocity700 m/s (2,297 ft/s)
Effective firing range500 m (550 yd) with iron sights
Feed system5-round stripper clip, internal magazine
SightsIron sights.

The Mauser Model 1895 adopted as Fusil Mauser Chileno Mo 1895.[1] by Chilean forces, is a bolt operated magazine fed rifle using the 7×57mm Mauser cartridge. 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 during the period of 1895–1900[2]

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The Model 1888 Commission Rifle was the German Empire's response to the French adoption of the Lebel 1886. It was designed by the German Army's Rifle Testing Commission, and combined elements of Mauser and Mannlicher rifle design. It fed from a Mannlicher-type 5-round single-column magazine loaded with an en-bloc clip. Markings on Swedish mauser rifles. Text Mats Persson. How to read the markings on the Swedish m/94 Carbine and on the m/96 and m/38 Rifles. Manufacturing The name of the manufacturer and the year of manufacture are on the top of the receiver. The serial number is on the left side of the receiver. Heinz Lehner, The originals Kar98, 4th edition Gun Collectors digest 1985. Olson,Ludwig, Mauser Bolt Rifles 3rd edition, 1988 Walter, John, The German Rifle, Arms and Armour Press (London: 1979). Ball, Robert,W.D, Mauser Military Rifles of the world, 1996 Reed, William, Conversations at “[email protected]


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.[2] In this period, over 80,000 Model 1895 rifles and 30,000 Model 1895 carbines were shipped and deployed to the Chilean army.[2]

Feb 9, 2013 - Foreign Mauser Serial Numbers. Model 1893 Mauser rifles and Model 1895 crbines were imported into Spain from Germany and Belgium.

The Model 1895 was also deployed to republic of the Orange Free State and the South African Republic (more commonly known as “Transvaal”) by DWM shortly after the Jameson Raid in December 1895 to deal with the shortage of modern magazine fed rifles for the state army.[1] Roughly 50,000 Mauser rifles were ordered but only 37,000 were delivered because DWM diverted them to fulfill their contract with the Chilean army.[2] Due to many rifles being diverted to Chile, many of the rifles there have the inscription “O.V.S” (Oranje Vrij Staat), Orange Free State. The Model 1895 brought to the “Transvaal” was also known as 'Boer Model' Mauser[3] and were marked “O.V.S” (Oranje Vrij Staat) just above the serial number accompanied by MOD.MAUSER and the date of the manufacturer. Due to this, a misunderstanding occurred regarding the identification between the Model 1896 and Model 1897. At the time, an Afrikaans farmer (Also known as a Boer) could purchase a Mauser Model 1895 at a price of £3, another variant known in Afrikaans as Plezier Mauser was sold slightly above cost by the respective governments and private dealers for sport and private use.[4] These rifles varied in stock style, barrel, sight lines and ornamentation. Some of the last rifles delivered by DWM were equipped with turned down bolt handles which made them suitable for the South African farmers on horseback. Work on the manufacturing of the Mauser Model 1895 was halted in 1899 by the Second Boer War.[1]

The Mauser Model 1895 also saw service in Mexico, Costa Rica, Paraguay, Iran, El Salvador and Honduras.[1]


The Mauser Model 1895 is a modification of the Mauser Model 1893. The flush-mounted staggered column box magazine has a capacity of 5 smokeless powder 7×57mm Mauser cartridges.[5] The magazine can be loaded from a stripper clip, or with individual rounds. The stock has a straight wrist and a handguard which stretches from the receiver ring to the lower barrel band. The upper band has a lug for the Model 1895 bayonet.

The Model 1895 differed from the Mauser Model 1893 with regards to the bolt face. The bolt face used in the Mauser Model 1893 was square whereas the Model 1895's was cylindrical, this is due to the fact that the square face was unnecessary for reliable feeding. In addition, the Model 1895 had an auxiliary shoulder behind the bolt handle in order to provide additional locking in case of bolt failure.[3][6] Another major modification regarding the Model 1895 to the Model 1893 was the magazine follower, the tail of which was rounded so that the bolt could be closed on an empty chamber[1]

The Mauser Model 1895 iron sight line had an open post type front sight, and a tangent-type rear sight with a rear notch. These standard sight lines consisted of somewhat coarse aiming elements making it suitable for rough field handling, aiming at distant area fire targets and low light usage, but less suitable for precise aiming at distant or small point targets. The rear tangent sight was graduated for 1893 pattern 7×57mm Mauser cartridges loaded with a 11.2-gram (172.8 gr) long round-nosed bullet from 400 to 2,000 m (437 to 2,187 yd) in 100 m (109 yd) increments.


Model 1895 Short Rifle[edit]

Also known as the mosqueton, the Short Rifle is a slightly longer version of the carbine with an overall length of 41.2 in (1,046 mm), a 21.25 in (540 mm) barrel and a 1,400 m (1,531 yd) rear sight. The only other modifications are a bent bolt handle and sling swivels on the left side of the barrel band and stock.[2]

Model 1895 Carbine[edit]

Also known as the Carabina Mauser Chilena Modelo 1895 was primarily designed for cavalry and artillery. This model is similar in design to the Mauser Model 1895 except for the fact that it is smaller. It is only 37.3 in (947 mm) long with an 18.3 in (465 mm) barrel. It was also closely related to the short rifle except that the sling swivels are on the left side of the barrel band and on the stock behind the wrist. It also has the same modified form of the bent bolt handle as the short rifle.[2]

Serbian M1899[edit]

German Mauser 98 Rifle

Serbian Mauser M1899 from the Swedish Army Museum

The Serbian Mauser M1899 in 7×57mm is a variant of the M95, it was produced by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken from 1899 to 1906 and later by Œ.W.G. in Steyr from 1906 to 1910.[7] The Yugoslav used them as Puska 7mm M 99 and Puska 7mm M 99 C (short rifle).[8] The rifles captured by the Nazi Germany were designated respectively Gewehr 222 (j) and Gewehr 291/4 (j).[9]


  • Chile[1][2][3][5][10]
  • China[1][2][10]
  • Costa Rica[1][2]
  • El Salvador[1]
  • Honduras[1][2]
  • Iran[1]
  • Mexico[1][2][10]
  • Orange Free State[1][2][3][5][10]
  • Paraguay[1]
  • South African Republic[1][2][3][5][10]
  • Uruguay[1][10]

See also[edit]


German Mauser 98 Serial Numbers

  1. ^ abcdefghijklmnopWalter, John (2006). Rifles of the World. Krause Publications. pp. 307–310. ISBN0-89689-241-7.
  2. ^ abcdefghijklmBall, Robert (2011). Mauser Military Rifles of the World. Gun Digest Books. pp. 73–76, 255. ISBN1-4402-1544-8.
  3. ^ abcde'The Model 1893/95 'Boer Model' Mauser'. Shooting Times. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  4. ^'Plezier Mauser'. RifleShooter. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  5. ^ abcdHaas, Frank De; Zwoll, Wayne (2003). Bolt Action Rifles. Krause Publications. pp. 134–141. ISBN0-87349-660-4.
  6. ^'The Spanish Modelo 1893 Mauser Rifle'. Shooting Times. Retrieved 2016-03-18.
  7. ^Ball 2011, pp. 313–315.
  8. ^Ball 2011, pp. 315–317.
  9. ^Ball 2011, p. 424-426.
  10. ^ abcdefKieran. 'Weapons of the Second Boer War'. Kieran McMullen. Retrieved 2016-03-18.

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Make: dot (The code for Waffen Werke Brunn in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia.)

Model: G33/40 Carbine (Mountain Carbine)

Serial Number: 9152

Year of Manufacture: 1942

Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)

Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Magazine

Markings: The metal tang in front of the magazine is marked “GERMANY”. The top of the receiver is marked with a German inspection stamp Eagle over “63”, “dot” and “1942”. The left side of the receiver is marked “9152”, “b”, with a Nazi Eagle over Swastika and with “G.33/40”. The bottom of the butt stock is marked “9152”. The top of bolt handle is marked with a Nazi Eagle over Swastika. the rear of the bolt handle is marked “9152 / b”The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “6 N”. The inside of the upper handguard is marked “2 / 9152 / b”. The barrel (visible when the upper handguard is removed) is marked on the left side “9152 / b” with a nazi eagle over swastika stamp. The top of the barrel is marked “dot 18-41O”. The inside of the leather sling is marked “MADE IN / GERMANY”.

Barrel Length: Approximately 19 ¼”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a dovetail set, inverted “V” post under a protective hood. The rear sight is a “V” notched sliding elevator marked from “1-10”.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece laminate stock has a pistol grip, upper hand guard, sling well, sling pass through, metal nose cap, barrel band, through bolt, domed washer, metal butt plate and a metal protector plate on the right side of the stock. The stock shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks; some have removed the surface finish of the wood. The left side of the forearm shows heavy scrapes that have removed the surface of the wood. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.

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Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion. The bore needs to be cleaned to remove some fouling.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 80% of its metal finish. The domed washer, protective plate and buttplate are unfinished; they show wear and scratches. The nose cap, barrel band, magazine plate and trigger guard show scratches, wear and fading. The front of the barrel shows fading, light marks and some discoloration. The front sight base is scratched. The receiver shows fading and light scratches. The screw heads show light use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.

Box, Paperwork& Accessories: The rifle comes with a tan, leather sling that shows minimal wear on the leather and corrosion on the metal tab. It is in about Fine condition.

Our Assessment: This is a rare Mauser G 33/40 Mountain Carbine with great markings. These are not seen on the market much. They were only built at the Brno factory in Czechoslovakia and they are patterned after the Czech VZ 33. The first production pieces of 1940 were marked “945” and used a walnut stock. All subsequent carbines were marked “dot” and use a laminate stock. Many of the G 33/44 carbines were issued to the German “Gebirgstruppen”, or Mountain Infantry, where the metal plate on the left side of the butt was used to keep the stock from harm while using the rifle for assistance in climbing. For more (including the end quote) see pages 223 to 225 of Robert Balls, MAUSER Military Rifles of the World, Fifth Edition. “The German Model 33/40 Carbine has always been a highly prized addition to any Mauser Collection”.