Antique LUDWIG LOEWE GEW. 88 Bolt Action GERMAN 7.92mm Cal. MILITARY Rifle
TURKISH MARKED Model 1888 GEWEHR COMMISSION RIFLE
Here we present an antique Ludwig Loewe Gewehr 88, also referred to as the Model 88 Commission Rifle, made circa 1890 in Berlin, Germany with a production run between 1888 and 1899. The Gewehr 88 was a late 19th-century German bolt action rifle, adopted in 1888. The invention of smokeless powder in the late 19th century immediately rendered all of the large-bore black powder rifles then in use obsolete.
To keep pace with the French, who had adopted smokeless powder “small bore” ammunition for their Lebel Model 1886 rifle, the Germans adopted the Gewehr 88 using its own new M/88 cartridge, which was also designed by the German Rifle Commission. The rifle was one of many weapons in the arms race between the Germanic states and France, and with Europe in general. There were also two carbine versions, the Karabiner 88 for mounted troops and the Gewehr 91 for artillery. Later models provided for loading with stripper clips and went on to serve in World War I to a limited degree. Unlike many German service rifles before and after, it was not developed by Mauser, but rather the arms commission, and Mauser was one of the few major arms manufacturers in Germany that did not produce Gewehr 88s.
The overall condition is good. Strong action. Bright bore. The stock is in very good shape. Numbers on the receiver and the bolt match. Legible markings, many numbers have been X’ed out. “1890” dated barrel.
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Barrel is 29 inches.
Caliber: 7.92mm Mauser
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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