SOLD FOR: $1084.88
Make: Miller & Val. Greiss. Munich (Munchen), Germany
Model: Gewehr 1888 (Gew. 88). This is a Custom Commercial Variation of the Model 1888.
Serial Number: None
Year of Manufacture: 1888 to 1890
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (8x57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Clip Fed Fixed Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “2,75 g G.B.P. / ST.m.G.”. The top of the barrel shank is marked “KRUPP, ’SCH. GUSS STAHL”. The left side of the barrel is marked “HOF – BUCHSENMACHER” and the right side is marked “MILLER & VAL: GRIESS, MUNCHEN”. The buttplate is marked “23651”. The left side of the safety lever is marked “S”.
The sling is marked with an “oval” that contains “stars / BOYT / DES MOINES, IOWA”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 23 ¾ Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade set atop a rounded checkered base. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade set in a barrel mounted base. It is marked “80 – 200” on the top edge”. A second “V” notched blade flips up to sight farther distances. It is marked “300”.
A flip up aperture sight is set into the top of the grip.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a checkered pistol grip, raised cheek piece, schnabel tip forend, sling loop under the butt, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes & discoloration from oxidation. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Many have damaged small areas of the surface wood. The LOP measures 12 ? inches from the face of the front trigger and 13 ? inches from the face of the rear trigger, to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as an antique.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Colored
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The muzzle & grooves are grey and the rifling is deep. There is erosion in the grooves and near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 25% of its current metal finish. The barrel has lost its blue finish. It shows a brown patina. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and discoloration from oxidation. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition as an antique.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a leather sling that shows scrapes, discoloration, and a spew of fats & oils. Overall it is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Custom Commercial Model 1888 was made in Germany by Miller & Val. Greiss sometime between 1888 and 1890. Miller & Val. Greiss began working together around 1870 and ceased doing business upon the death of Valentin Greiss in 1890. This is an impressive Mauser that was custom made with dual set triggers, grip mounted aperture sight, octagonal barrel with full length metal serrations along the top, and decorative metal work on the bolt assembly & receiver. This rare Custom Model 1888 will be a nice addition to your collection. This is an antique so no FFL is required…unless you live in California.