Mauser Model 1871 (Forgotten Weapons Got Another Cool One)

Yet another impossible-to-resist gun from Forgotten Weapons’ time with the Rock Island Auction Company. Try though I might I cannot seem to pass up the daily posts Ian is currently putting up on his YouTube channel, and although I tried to resist, I clearly failed. Up today is the Mauser Model 1871, also known as the Gewehr 71.

The Gewehr 71, or Infanterie-Gewehr 71,was adopted by the Germans in 1871 following trials through 1870-1871 during which the Germans tried various rifles for use by their military. It weighs just under ten pounds unloaded and measures 53.15″ long with the barrel itself being 33.66″ long. The original Gewehr 71 is chambered in 11mm and is a bolt-action single shot, the last of which proved to be a bit of a problem as the Germans realized they needed magazine-fed guns. The solution was an updated version, the 71/84, which had the addition of a tube magazine.

Apparently there was also an experimental magazine attempted on the original Gewehr 71, and Ian of Forgotten Weapons got his hands on it. While it might have been possible to pass by this post if it was “only” a Gewehr 71, which is still a cool rifle, it’s just not possible when it’s a Gewehr 71 sporting an experimental magazine. It’s not just any magazine, either – well, you’ll have to see for yourself.

Well done as usual, Ian.

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  • Jeff

    I have a Husqvarna M35 in .30-30 WCF based on the 1871 action. Neat rifle I like to shoot. Great work Ian. His presentation is very good.

  • Vitsaus

    Fascinating video. I love these.

  • Ben

    This also was known as the “Needle Gun” And was made to shoot paper cartridges. Way above what France had at the time.

    • The 1871 fires metallic cartridges and is not a needle gun…

    • Anonymoose

      The Needle Gun came out like 40 years prior to this.

    • schizuki

      The Needle Gun was made by Dreyse.

  • Wolfgar

    Even though it wasn’t successful the engineering and design is quite clever. It is a work of art in it’s own right. I have never seen this type of magazine before, thank you. Great video.

  • 5flytyr .

    One of the more interesting designs I’ve seen on the show,thanks Ian….

  • Chase Buchanan

    That is a thoroughly steampunk rifle.