SOLD FOR: $1525
Make: Erfurt Arsenal, Germany
Model: 71/84 (1871/1884)
Serial Number: 633
Year of Manufacture: 1887
Caliber: 11x60mm Black Powder
Action Type: Bolt action with an 8 shot tubular magazine.
Markings: The top of the barrel shank is marked “crown / ERFURT”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with the serial number, “11”, “crown / F.W.” and with two “crowned letters”. The right side of the barrel shank is marked with 4 “crowned letters”. The right side of the receiver is marked “1887.” and with a “crowned letter”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number and “I. G. Mod 71/84.” (I.G. for Infanterie Gewehr or Infantry Rifle). Most of the metal parts are marked with “crowned letters”. They are also marked with the last 2 digits of the serial number or with numbers that do not correlate to the serial number as the rifle has been rebuilt. The top of the butt is marked “63.R.R / 106.”. The underside of the grip, right side of the buttstock, and bottom of the buttstock are each marked with “crowned letters”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 31 ½ Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set atop a small base. The rear sight is a “V” notched flip up sight ladder. There is one stationary notched blade, one flip up notched blade at the rear of the assembly, one notch on the top of the sight ladder, and one sliding blade assembly on the flip up sight ladder. The ladder is marked from “4 – 14” and “16” at the top.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a straight grip, two barrel bands, nose cap with bayonet lug, two sling loops, stacking bar mounted on the magazine cap and a metal buttplate. The buttplate and stock hardware show scratches, discoloration and surface erosion. The wood shows several scarpes, scratches and compression marks. Many have damaged or removed small portions of the surface wood. The wood has been oiled. The LOP measures 13 1/4 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as an antique.
Type of Finish: Blue. Receiver and Bolt in the White
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is deep. There is light erosion throughout the bore. There is more prominent erosion near the muzzle
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 33% of its current metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, scratches, discoloration from oxidation and areas of light surface erosion. The screw heads show use and oxidation. 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.
The magazine cut off functions. The magazine follower is still under light tension from the spring.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This Model 71/84 Mauser was made at the Erfurt Arsenal back in 1887. It has been rebuilt and has lots of deep markings on the metal and wood. This military rifle is 135 years old and is in Very Good condition, for its age. This antique Mauser is a piece of firearms history and will add to your collection.
The Mauser Model 71/84 was designed as a tubular magazine version of the Model 1871 rifle. The Model 1871 was the first rifle model designed and manufactured by Paul and Wilhelm Mauser. The 11x60mm black powder cartridges are inserted through the open bolt onto a carrier and into the eight round tube magazine. When the bolt is opened, the carrier rises, allowing the round on it to feed into the chamber. The magazine cutoff can be engaged to make this a single shot rifle. For more on the Mauser Model 71/84 see pages 156 to 170 of Robert Ball’s book, Mauser Military Rifles of the World Fifth Edition.