TURKISH MAUSER MODEL 1887
M1887 Turkish Mauser Another M1887
GENERALLY: The Turkish M1887 Mauser is a further refinement of the M1871/84 German Mauser. The action was strengthened by the addition of a single locking lug* (see letter below) and calibre was further reduced. This rifle fired the smallest caliber black powder lead bullet military cartridge adopted by any nation. Its 9.5 x 60R cartridge represents what is regularly referred to as the epitome of black powder cartridge design. Unfortunately, at the time of its adoption it was already technologically obsolete as all of Europe was racing to re-arm with small caliber (8mm), smokeless powder cartridge rifles. Although the Mauser contract was for five hundred thousand rifles, only about two hundred thousand were produced, as it was obsolete before the contract was completed. It had am eight shot tubular magazine.
DISTINGUISHING CHARECTERISTICS: Except for bolt numbers, the rifle is completely marked in Turkish, including its sights. The Turkish reads "Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf a/Neckar-Deutche Riech", (Mauser Factory Oberndorf, Germany). Unlike theI.G.Mod.71/84 German Mauser, it's design progenitor, the M1887 Turkish Mauser carries a cleaning rod in a channel in the left side of the fore-end similarly to the M1886 Portugese Kropatchek and, also like the Portugese, does not have a stacking rod. The Turkish M1887 has only two barrel bands, the Mod71/84 German Mauser has three. The forward swing swivel is mounted on the fore end cap, unlike that of the Mod.71/84 which is mounted on the center band.
MISC NOTES: This was the last black powder cartridge rifle manufacturer by Mauser.
* Additional information:
I recently got an 1887 Turkish Mauser. Thought I would share some info.
The extra locking lug is NOT on the front, as has been many times stated in the books. The lug is located on the rear of the bolt body, which appears to be indentical to the '71/84. The bolt handle locks up in the 3:00 position. The extra lug is about 7:00. As I have one in my hands, I just thought I would share.
"Waffenfabrik Mauser Oberndorf a/Neckar-DeutcheRiech" (Mauser Factory Oberndorf, Germany). The bottom line is the rifle's serial number
A close view shows thecleaning rod channel on the left side of the forestock; The cleaning rod is missing on this example but would fit into the channel almost exactly like that of the M1886 Portugese Kropatchek.
If you look carefully, you can just see the additional locking lug which is located along the bottom of the bolt just where the bolt meets the wrist, in the 5:00 o'clock position in this photo. Behind (to the left) of the locking lug, along the very bottom is the striker which engages the trigger sear. All else is about identical to the
German I.G. M0d. 71/84.
Mod. 71/84 German Mauser, above M1887 Turkish Mauser, below
Mod. 71/84 German Mauser, background
M1887 Turkish Mauser, foreground
TURKISH MAUSER MODEL 1887 RIFLE
Caliber: 9.5x60R mm
System of operation: Bolt action
Length overall: 49.25 inches
Barrel length: 29.9 inches
Feed device: Tube Magazine
Sight:Rear: Leaf sight graduated to 1600 meters (1750 yards
Weight: 9.23 lb
Muzzle velocity: 1755 f.p.s.
MODEL 1890 RIFLE
Shown is a SpanishM1891 Trials, which is identical to the Turkish M1890.
Detailed Pictures here.
MAUSER MODEL 1893 RIFLE
System of operation:Bolt-Action
Length overall:48.6 inches
Barrel length: 29.5 inches
Feed device:5 shot Internal Box magazine
Weight: 8.95 lb
Muzzle velocity: 2800 f.p.s.
MAUSER MODEL 1903.
CAL. 8x57 mm.
Turkish Mauser 1903/38
Turkish Models 1903/1938 rifles were not actually a model of a rifle, but really a standard for rifles to be arsenal reworked. Many different rifles can be called the Turkish Model 1938. This would include but is not limited to the GEW 98, Cz 98/22, Turkish Model 1903 and the Model 1893. For the sake of this section we are focusing on the 1903/1938 rifle pictured above. These are readily available today from many sources for prices ranging from under $50 to just over $100. The quality is varied from poor to reasonably acceptable and accuracy falls into the same range of categories. The original 1903 rifle was chambered in the 7.65x53mm caliber but were later rechambered to 7.95x57mm (8mm Mauser). The 1938 standard caliber was 8mm Mauser.