Ludwig Loewe

Spanish contract Mauser M1893 Rifle, 7x57mm Mauser, made by Ludwig Loewe, Berlin, circa 1894.  Sporterized, with 24″ stepped military barrel that has been nicely re-crowned. The bore has gone gray, but still has distinct rifling. Serial #751X places it somewhere early in 1894. Serialized parts are all matching, except for the bolt assembly, which has been sporter contoured and highly polished. The safety lever has been triangularized. Has a Loewe Berlin maker’s mark, assuring its antique status. Metal finish is faded to brown. Has an American Walnut sporter stock with nice grain, just a few scratches, and one very small gouge just below the receiver ring on the right side. (See photos.)  The stock has a Monte Carlo style cheekpiece, white line ebony foreend,  and white line ebony/white diamond pistol grip cap. Standard Weaver receiver scope bases have been installed.  White line buttplate is marked “Herter’s Waseca, Minn.” The stock has been drilled for stock swivels, but the stock swivels are absent. Those are easily replaceable, by any amateur gunsmith. This is a typical sporter of the 1960s, when the historic value of Spanish-American War vintage Mausers was not yet recognized by American collectors. The action is very smooth and the trigger pull is long, but crisp. (PBUH-242)

$925.00

A very nice M1895 Chilean contract Ludwig Loewe (Mauser) infantry (28-inch barrel) rifle in unaltered condition. Serial #E443X indicates that it was made circa 1896.  This riffle obviously saw very little service and spend most of the last 125 years in an arms room rack. The wood is in nice shape with a nice cartouche, matching serial number and just a few handling marks. Oddly, this rifle carries a Star of David stamp in the wood (Loewe was Jewish). This star is often seen stamped on Loewe-made receivers, but rarely on the wood. The bluing is largely intact (see photos) with up to 98% original finish on the barrel.  has a nice sharp Chilean crest, indicating that this rifle was never re-arsenalized. It has ALL matching serial numbers — even on the cleaning rod! The bore is fairly shiny and has sharp rifling. The magazine follower still shows lots of the original electric blue.  All-in-all, this is a quite nice Chilean that is unmolested and suitable fro both collectors and shooters.  (IIHP-211)

$1,125.00

A pre-1899 Ludwig Loewe Sporter chambered in 7 x57mm Mauser with a Williams ramp front sight, Williams fully-adjustable peep rear sight, and what appears to be a Reinhart Fajen Monte Carlo style American walnut stock.  Has a Pachmayr white line recoil pad.  This is a typical deer-hunting sporter of the 1970s.  Has a low C-prefix serial number  (C26X), indicating that this rifle was made in mid-1895. The bore is starting to gray, but it has very distinct rfling. The stock has nice grain and is in wonderful shape, with just a few handling marks. It has not been drilled for sling swivels.  The Williams brand adjustable ghost ring peep rear sight is threaded for a standard insert, if you want peak accuracy — or just leave it as is, for snap shooting. The sight is mounted far enough rearward to allow the use of stripper clips. Thus, this is a good candidate to turn into a scout, by adding a forward scope mount.  The action locks up nice and tight, but with considerable drag in the last 1/2-inch of bolt throw, as the bolt cams downward.  (Should be stoned by a gunsmith.) Serial numbers are mismatched and the bluing on the barrel is mostly gone. (So I have priced it, accordingly.) This would be a good rifle to either Cerakote or camouflage dip.  (BMK-241)

$795.00

A freshly black-Cerakoted late B-series prefix Chilean 1895 Mauser Short Rifle, Serial # B997X.  (Dates to late 1895 or early 1896.) Chambered in 7×57 Mauser. 23.5” barrel, hardwood stock, inverted ”V” front sight and an original graduated 1400-meter rear sight, with un-numbered cleaning rod. Marked on left side receiver rail ”MAUSER CHILENO MODELO 1895 MANUFACTURA LOEWE BERLIN”. Worn unreadable crest on the receiver ring and left side buttstock. Mismatched numbers on bolt (off by 8 digits) and floorplate. Condition overall is nice with 100% flat black Cerakote finish on the metal, showing a trace of cleaned old pitting on the bolt under the Cerakote. The freshly-refinished wood shows a lot of character. The serial number was re-applied to the wood. I had both the wood and metal refinished at great expense. The stock was not over-sanded. Action is smooth and the bore is quite nice with distinct rifling. has left-side sling swivels typical of Chilean rifles issued to infantry and artillery. No visible import marks, so this appears to have been imported before 1968. This would make a great hunting or “sport utility” gun, given its all-weather Cerakote protective finish. (EPYA-897)

$1,350.00

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