C&Rsenal presents How it Works: German Gewehr 1891 “Mauser”

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While the base principle of how a bolt-action rifle functions has not changed since its invention, its always fun to see the individual takes that each designer uses when creating a rifle. The rifle served in multiple wars, principally to great acclaim in World War I. While replaced by the Karabiner 98k, which derived much of its design from the Gewehr 1898.

Courtesy of C&Rsenal (quite the fun up & coming channel) is a video showing an animated “x-ray” view of the venerable Gewehr 1898 bolt-action rifle from empty, through a full firing sequence, and reloading via stripper clip.

The powerful  7.92×37 Mauser rounds are loaded via a 5 round stripper clip. From there, the bolt is pushed forward and rotated, which aligns the locking lugs. The same movement going forward also sets the striker on the trigger and assuming the safety mechanism is disengaged, pulling the trigger releases the striker, igniting the round.

I particularly like the safety design which simple keeps the firing pin from going forward, creating a “dead trigger” unlike the common trigger-bar stopping safeties of today. While modern CNC can hold great tolerances, stopping the striker itself keeps the safety mechanism from relying on tolerance alone.

Check out the video below and C&Rsenal’s channel. 

 



Nathan S.

One of TFB’s resident Jarheads, Nathan now works within the firearms industry. A consecutive Marine rifle and pistol expert, he enjoys local 3-gun, NFA, gunsmithing, MSR’s, & high-speed gear. Nathan has traveled to over 30 countries working with US DoD & foreign MoDs.

Nathan can be reached at Nathan.S@TheFirearmBlog.com

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


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  • 劉丁丁

    7.92×37 Mauser rounds?

    • MPWS

      Chalk it up on overwork.

    • Hans Gruber

      Short but powerful!

  • TVOrZ6dw

    These videos are an amazingly good resource. I love how the safety is engaged showing exactly how it engages to hold the firing pin.

  • Thats a 98. Note the flush fit magazine (and a bunch of other little but important differences).

  • Tyler John Richards

    Typo 7.92×37 mauser?!

    • Travis

      I noticed that too, x57 is more like it

    • Hans Gruber

      20mm mistake fuggetabout it

  • Lance

    That’s Mauser 1898 not 1891.

  • Paul Donohue

    It is not easy to catch typos.