Paul Mauser spent nearly 20 years attempting to perfect a self-loading rifle for military service. He came closest with this, his 1913 patent model, which was used by German balloon and aircraft fliers as the Model 1915 and Model 1916 respectively - but these rifles were also sold on the commercial market to affluent sportsmen and gun enthusiasts. This is an example of a sporting pattern 1913 rifle, with a sporting stock and full-length handguards, and a mounting rail on the receiver for a Zeiss prismatic optic. It has a 9mm bore, probably (but don't quote me) in 9x57mm. The mechanism, however, is identical to the military rifles.
Infantry pattern Mauser self-loader: https://www.full30.com/video/e9b2c96f2a247a1ff0c23b5172e865ca Mauser 06/08 Pistol: https://www.full30.com/video/8addf3ddf3e7dc139c30740e25848b39
Category: Firearm Reviews Uploaded: 08/28/2016