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  • marathag

    I’d say the Tankgewehr M1918 was more of an ultimate, myself.

    • Secundius

      @ marathag.

      I won’t go that far. A 13.2x92mm round with an effective range of only 500-meters. Not even a good Sniper Rifle…

      • marathag

        And like the 700 Nitro Express isn’t one either. It had another job than plinking at 1000 yards.

  • Edward Franklin

    The T-Gewehr precedes the Model 1918 and in fact has several features that appeared in the 1918. It was just bigger, nothing more.

  • Smedley54

    Pardon my ignorance, but are the bottom metal, magazine well, and trigger guard all milled from one piece of steel?

  • I am very curious about this rifle. Paul Mauser was dead when this came out, but who knows what engineers took from his notebooks and drawing boards. Was this intended to replace the 98? Was it simply a premium hunting rifle? Can I have it?

    • It is evident to me, Alex, that the rifle in these photos is a military rifle that has at some point been (very professionally) sporterized. Note the stripper clip guides, tangent rear sight (flip-ups or single-position would be what you’d find on an original civilian gun), military barrel contour (note the abrupt transition from shank to the taper, a civilian rifle would have a longer, more graceful transition), and military front sight (this one is lacking its hood, but the blade dovetailed into a mount that firmly rides the barrel thus is a military feature, and would be then and now considered “ugly” or unfinished for a sporting gun).

      Given what I have read about this rifle, it was intended to be Mauser’s next-generation bolt action rifle, replacing in their lineup the Model 1898. I have never seen any indication that it was intended as a sporting rifle.

      I’ll let your brain throb and pulse at the thought that someone actually sporterized what may be the only 1918 Mauser in existence. 😉

      • Perhaps the Mauser staff did it themselves to rescue it from post-WW1 reparations: “Oh, no. That’s not a infantry rifle prototype. It’s our next generation sporting rifle. Honest!”

        • Oh, gimme gimme!

          • I can’t find a copy of the photo online. It is in the Collector Grade Publications book “Mauser – Original Oberndorf Sporting Rifles” on page 57.

          • The same title also shows the design in its military guise.

      • Cattoo

        I could almost hear the collective “Nooo!”, as people read that last sentence.

    • I just discovered that the design was patented in the US after WW1. Mauser’s Fidel Feederle attempted to revive the design multiple times, both as a military and sporting design.

      https://www.google.com/patents/US1413109

      • LG

        I believe that the magazine release in the trigger guard speaks for the Model 1929. According to Olson, Mauser Bolt Rifles, even the Mauser Arms Museum head incorrectly labeled one as a 1918. The 1929 had a smaller receiver ring than the 1918 and a cocking inducator. The stepped barrel was used on many Continental, Germam and Belgium, spotters into the 1950’s. The lack of stock cross bolt favors the Model 1929.

        • The patent was filed in the US in 1921, and it mentions previous filings in Germany dating to 1917. A little more digging shows that Feederle also filed patents on this design in France, Switzerland, and the UK in December 1920.

  • iksnilol

    Pardon my ignorance, but what makes it better? What makes it “ultimate”?

    Also, in regards to the Tankgewehr: Crna Strela AKA Black Arrow. It is a Mauser chambered in 50 bmg (non-standard action size of course).

    • Detachable magazine, improved striker shroud, revised takedown allowing easier inletting of the action into the stock, it appears to be substantially easier to manufacture, dual action vents (like an Arisaka), an improved firing pin/striker assembly (and hopefully improved striker takedown), and a dust cover.

      • Swarf

        Pfft. What else?

        • iksnilol

          It’s missing the coffee machine. :/

      • iksnilol

        Okay, that actually sounds like an improvement.

  • Tassiebush

    It just looks beautiful!

  • Andrew Maxwell

    I believe this was created a sporting rifle by the Mauser co. from the get go. Reference the Oberndorf African rifle, same rear sight. Stock shape, checkering pattern and bolt handle shape are all also factory Mauser sporting rifle.

    • So… Why did they need stripper clip guides and a detachable magazine?

      • And I really doubt that Mauser was exporting a lot of sporting rifles in 1918. Seems that the rest of the world was a bit peeved with Imperial Germany at the time.

        • Also worth noting that it has a carbine barrel length, which was probably to accommodate the Treaty of Versailles.

      • iksnilol

        Because stripper clips are cheaper than magazines and you aren’t gonna singleload now are you? In those days detachable mags were primarily for maintenance reasons (try to quickly replace the mag on a SMLE or K31).