SOLD FOR: $1025
Make: Waffenfabrik Mauser-Oberndorf, Germany. A contract rifle for Peru.
Serial Number: 16291
Year of Manufacture: 1910-1914
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with the Peruvian National Crest surrounded by “REPUBLICA DEL PERU” and “MAUSER ORIGINAL”. The left side of the receiver is marked with 2 Peruvian acceptance stamps, with the serial number and “WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER-OBERDIRF A/N / MODELO 1909.”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with the serial number. The bottom metal is marked with the last 4 digits and the last 2 digits (3 times) of the serial number. The bolt release lever and rear sight are marked with the last 2 digits of the serial number. The bolt handle is marked with numbers that do not correlate to the serial number. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked with a Peruvian acceptance mark. The right side of the buttstock is marked with a Peruvian acceptance mark and a “MAUSER” banner logo. The bottom of the butt is marked with the serial number and a Peruvian acceptance mark. The bottom of the grip is marked with 2 “diamonds”. There are a few other small markings on the rifle. The new production sling is marked “OLDE ARMORY LEATHER ”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 30 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set atop a small ramped base. The rear “roller coaster” sight is a sliding “V” notched sight escalator that is marked for differing elevations on the top, left and right of the sight base. The top of the base is marked from “5-20” and the sides are both marked from “4 – 20” in increments of 2.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, nosecap with stacking hook & bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling loop, through bolt, marking disk, sling loop base under the butt and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scratches, discoloration and surface erosion. The nosecap shows scratches and light surface erosion. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of surface wood. The stock has been oiled. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep. The muzzle area is light gray. There is erosion on the face of the muzzle and at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its current metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches and small areas of discoloration. The screw heads show use. The markings are clearly visible, most are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle has a new production leather sling attached.
Our Assessment: This Peruvian Model 1909 Mauser is over 100 years old and looks pretty darn good for its age. The metal has been refinished and the rifle has nice markings on the metal & wood. The crest and Mauser markings on the receiver are deep & crisp as is the Mauser banner logo on the stock. This Mauser can ring plenty of steel out at the range.
Between 1910 and 1914, Peru purchased approximately 50,000 M1909 military Mausers from Mauser Oberndorf in Germany. These purchases were ended by the commencement of the First World War as Mauser’s production was entirely diverted to the German war effort. The M1909 is, in essence, an export version of the Gewehr 98 used in the Imperial German Army, with some minor differences.