mauser M-1912 rifle
caliber: 7 mm mauser (7x57mm)
system: manual operated turning bolt
total lenght 49"
barrel lenght: 29"
weight 8.75 pounds
feed device: staggered box magazine 5 ruounds
sights: front. inverted V rear: tangent leaf, 100-1800 meters
bayonet: Knife type 192 long 14" blade
the model 1912 mauser, the second mexican service arm to be produced exlusively by Steyr, is another of the 7mm 1898 series mausers that was purchased in europe.
the Steyr plant had filled a mexican order five years prior (for the M-1907 mauser).Mexico again placed an order for Mauser rifles with the Austrian Arms Co. The factory at Steyr was still working to fill this contract when the first world war erupted late in july, 1914
A few of these mexican contract arms (as yet, undelivered) saw service with Austro-hungarian troops during the war, 1914-1918. These rifles were used only as secondary armament.
After the war, the Asutrian Arms co. converted some of these undelivered Mexican model 1912 mausers to 8mm (8x57 mm). these converted rifles were then sold to the new Yugoslav state where they saw service as the model 24B
the 1912 rifle differs from the M-1902 and M-1910 mausers in that it has:
1- a large diameter receiver ring
2- a tangent curve rear sight rather than a leaf
3- a pistol grip stock as found on the m-1907
4- a bayonet lug and upper band like that on the standar 1898 and 1907 mauser
5- the standar m-1898 bayonet, as used with the M-1907 rifle
only a small portion of the contract was delivered before the WWI began. these rifles, like the 1907, are quitre rare outside of mexico
those arms produced for intended delivery to the government of mexico are marked:
date of manufacture
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