Commission Model 88 Rifle

Accession Number REL/02198
Collection type Technology
Object type Firearm
Place made Germany
Date made 1890
Conflict First World War, 1914-1918

Commission Model Gew 88 bolt action Mauser rifle with a fixed five round box Mannlicher magazine. The action is marked with LOEWE BERLIN 1890 on the breech ring and GEW 88 on the left side. It has a one piece wooden stock, a central sling swivel barrel band and a steel end cap that incorporates a bayonet lug on the right side. The muzzle is turned down to a smaller diameter to the barrel. The central band is stamped 7R.E.3.199. It is complete with a cleaning rod, magazine cover plate and butt sling swivel clip. The rear sight has been calibrated in Arabic numerals.

History / Summary

This rifle is one of a batch declared obsolete by the Germans and transferred to the Turkish Government at the beginning of the First World War. The markings on the central band indicate that originally it was issued to the German 7th Infantry Regiment, No 3 Company Ersatz Battalion.

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