Deactivated Boer War issued Mauser rifle

Deactivated Boer War issued Mauser rifle

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This is a very interesting Boer War issued Mauser model 1896 rifle. Built by DWM, Berlin.

In an effort to remain independent, the Boers began purchasing quantities of these Mauser rifles in the late 1890's from Germany. Their lands had become rich pickings for an unwelcome influx of British colonists into the region seeking to make their fortune. In 1896 the Boers ordered 70,000 Mauser rifles and carbines from Ludwig Loewe, later known as Deutsche Waffen-und Munitionfabriken (DWM), about 55,000 of which were delivered. This is one of those rifles.

Inventively 1899 war broke out between the Boers and British Empire. Armed with these rifles, the Boers were formidable opponents. Most were tough rugged Dutch farmers and made great soldiers having spent their years living off the land, they were well-suited to warfare as well as being accomplished marksmen. One of their techniques was to ambush the British and Common Wealth forces from carefully chosen rock formations where these marksmen and their Mausers could inflict serious damage.

This particular example has the owners name P.H. Swart on the stock using hob nails. Of considerable interest; When the treaty was signed at the end of the 1st Boer War in 1881 at O'Neill's farm, near Laing's Nek by Paul Kruger and Sir Evelyn Wood, two Boers stood guard outside and one of them was called P.H. Swart. This actual rifle also appears in Dave C George's book called "Carvings from the Veldt", who has also researched this particular rifle.

A fascinating and unique rifle.

Deactivated with a working action it can be cocked, stripped and dry fired.

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Product Code: 189U6