Anyone have information on 1895 Chilean Mauser Carbines?

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  1. matchinson14

    matchinson14 Member

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    My neighbor has a modelo 1895 Chilean Mauser that was produced in Ludwig Loewe, Germany in 1895. I've seen dozens of youtube videos of the long rifle version.Hers however is the short rifle variant: not the super short cavalry one but the intermediate carbine one. It has a bent down bolt too. She let me use it and take it to the range. First time it had been shot since the 40's apparently. Used old 20's spanish surplus round nose rounds, and also 1940s and 50's surplus finnish surplus nickel plated spitzer rounds. Chambered in 7mm mauser, which seems like an awesome round. Fired well and grouped good at 100 yards considering it's dark bore. Rifling is still pretty strong.

    What I want to know is where can I find videos on the short rifle version? I've found only one on youtube of an incomplete one. What can you guys tell me about the carbine model? It's history? She says she believes her uncle brought it back from WWII as a souvenir. Why would a German soldier be using the 7mm mauser and not an 8mm 98?Would a rear line/militia unit be issued perhaps a model 95 that had not been shipped to South America?
     
  2. Jim K

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    No need to figure out some exotic explanation; your neighbor is simply making a common mistake: X fought in WWII. This is X's rifle. Therefore, this is the rifle X used (or captured) in the war.

    I have seen a carbine supposedly carried on Omaha Beach; it was a Model 1873 trapdoor.

    Jim
     
  3. rcmodel

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    I saw an Officers Sword a guy fought WWII with, in a restaurant a year ago.
    Father told son he was presenting it to him and grandpa used it the fight all of WWII.

    It was an early 1900 Knights of Columbus ceremonial sword, never sharpened, and duller then the worn out steak knives on our table!

    As Jim K said, family history, and the weapons used to fight the big war often get distorted all out of shape over time & retelling through a few generations.

    Many returning WWII vets bought those old Mauser's in the 1950's and 60's when every hardware store had barrels full of them by the door.
    With a sign.

    $14.99, and get another one free if you will take two outa here!

    rc
     
  4. Jim K

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    Not just military weapons. In Pennsylvania, there is a small museum dedicated to the memory of Father Demitrius Gallitzin, (1770-1840) an early Catholic missionary to the U.S. Since in the early days, even a priest needed arms for hunting and to defend against Ind... er, "native American" attacks, they have on display three guns that supposedly belonged to the good Father, a flint double shotgun, a flint double pistol and a rifle. They allowed me to examine the rifle. I cocked the hammer, flipped up the trapdoor, ... well, you see the problem if you looked at the holy man's date of death.

    I didn't think it was my place to tell the nice lady at the museum that either her information was wrong, or the missionary had some divine assistance in obtaining a rifle.

    Jim
     
  5. Mike Kerr

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    RC: this is 100% correct. Right down to the price.

    My dad was a WWll marine vet who saw service in the Pacific theater. I was a teenager in 1959 -1960 when the hardware and auto supply store about a mile from our house had the "barrel by the door" you described. Dad, as a former Armorer and Ordnance specialist bought more than a half dozen surplus rifles comprised of a couple of 6.5 Japs, 3 mausers and a couple of Italians plus two 303 british. Some stocked, some barreled actions. We had family restoration projects for years from those "treasures" but he never used any of them in the service.
    :):)
     
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