SOLD FOR: $11125
Make: Loewe & Company. Berlin, Germany. A Chilean contract rifle.
Serial Number: B8324
Year of Manufacture: 1895 to 1897. Loewe & Company became a part of Deutsche Waffen Munitionsfabriken (DWM) in 1897.
Caliber: 7mm Mauser (7x57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with a Chilean Crest. The left side of the receiver is marked with two proofs, and “MAUSER CHILENO MODELO 1895, / MANUFACTURA LOEWE BERLIN”. The left side of the receiver, the stock (below the receiver serial number), the bottom metal, the bolt handle, and the cleaning rod are all marked with the serial number. The bottom metal and bolt assembly (twice) are also marked with the last 2 digits of the serial number. Most of the metal parts are marked with small Chilean proofs & stampings (“crossed hammers”, “X in a circle”, etc.). The left side of the buttstock is marked with an “1895” dated Chilean crest. The bottom of the grip, bottom of the butt, and top of the handguard are marked with small Chilean stamps. The left side of the stock, below the serial number, is marked with a “star”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 29 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set atop a small base. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade. When flipped up it becomes a sight ladder that uses a separate sliding “V” notched blade. The ladder is marked from “5-20”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a straight grip, nosecap with bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band, 2 sling loops, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes, thin scratches and discoloration. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some of the marks have damaged small areas of the surface wood. The LOP measures 13 ? inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition as an antique.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright, and the rifling is deep. There is light fouling and oxidation in the grooves near the muzzle. The fouling should clean up some.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its finish. The metal shows scuffs, small scrapes and some thin scratches. The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep & crisp. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine 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: None
Our Assessment: This Chilean Model 1895 Mauser is over 120 years old and looks great for its age. It must have spent a long time in storage. It was made in Germany as a contract rifle for Chile before Loewe and Company formed Deutsche Waffen-Und Munitionsfabriken (DWM). Model 1895’s made by Loewe are antiques; those made by DWM may not be antiques as many were made by DWM after 1898. This Chilean Mauser has deep crisp markings that include Chilean crests on the receiver & stock as well as matching numbers on the receiver, stock, bottom metal, bolt handle, and cleaning rod. This rifle is an antique so no FFL is required…unless you live in California. Good luck.