This is a good solid example of the 1896 Cavalry Carbine in 7mm used by the Boer/Dutch Commandos against the British in South Africa at the turn of the century. The serial number is in the 6000 range and has all matching numbers including the bolt, stock, receiver, triggerguard, floorplate, sight, etc. The cleaning rod is missing. This one was manufactured by DEUTSCHE WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONSFABRIKEN of Berlin, Germany. Only a few thousand carbines were made and shipped along with groups of rifles on Steamers to South Africa around 1896/97. Once issued, these state-of-the-art smokeless powder bolt action rifles proved themselves deadly to the British forces. While lacking formal military training, most Boer Commandos came from farming backgrounds and were highly mobile on horseback, cunning, and most made excellent marksmen.
This particular carbine is in overall NRA Antique Very Good condition with the metalwork mostly a mixture of dull original blue and a light patina with nice markings and nice screws. The bolt still has some of its original polish present. Small traces of fire blue on the bolt release and most of the fire blue is still present on the magazine charger plate. The action works well. The bore is in Excellent condition...still bright and shiny with strong rifling. Original sling swivels and saddle ring. The wood shows plenty of wear and war-time abuse but its solid and still has a nice light blonde/orange hues to the European walnut with no cracks or repairs. There is a name very lightly scratched on the left side of the stock that looks like it says "J J Mcmillan"..possibly from a British or Australian soldier who captured it. Its been several years since we've found a Boer War Mauser carbine like this one. A scarce untouched example with lots of character and history.