Turkish Mauser Model 1893 Rifle : Captain R L Leane, 11th Battalion, AIF
|Title||Turkish Mauser Model 1893 Rifle : Captain R L Leane, 11th Battalion, AIF|
|Date made||c 1893|
German Mauser Model 1893 rifle. The receiver on the left side has a Turkish Arabic inscription that translates to Mauser Arms Works Oberndorf and has a date in Turkish Arabic of 1312 (1893). The bolt has a mismatched number to the rifle. It is complete with a cleaning rod. Faint scratched or impressed markings into the proper right side of the wooden butt appear to read 'Capt R L Leane / Gaba Tepe / 5/5/15'.
The Model 93 Mauser was one of the standard pattern Mauser rifles used by the Turkish Army in the First World War and amongst the most common types of rifles used by the Turkish army against Australian forces during the Gallipoli landings in 1915. The Turkish Model 93 Mauser was developed from the Spanish Model 93, but in a different calibre and equipped with a magazine cutoff. All production of the Model 93 was undertaken by the Oberndorf Mauser works which manufactured 201,100 Model 93 rifles for the Imperial Ottoman government.