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Gewehr 88 Carbine

Gewehr 88 Gew 88 (Rifle 1888) Antique

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Our Price: $1,999.99

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Product Code: MAUS0007-CARBINE


This is the last Gew. 88 Carbine. It is in good condition. It also has a minor crack on the right side of the stock. Rifle is complete with rear sight. It is Danzig 1889 with German Ethiopian markings. This is the last one available. Secure it today for your collection. This is your final opportunity to own this rare gun.

We just received a very small batch of increbidbly rare Gewehr 88 carbines. These carbines are in fair original condition. They have all German and Ethiopian markings and are chambered in the original 8mm Mauser caliber or the "S" conversion. Perhaps one of the rarest of the early pre-1898 arms from Ethiopia are what was once described as the Commission 88/96 Modelo Uruguayo, a failed contract that did not make it to South America but was fortunately diverted to Ethiopia. We have a very small number of these which were purchased by Menelik !I in 1897 two years after the Italian defeat at Adowa, during the Second Italo-Abyssinian War. Succeeding Yohannes IV who was killed in battle with the Mahdist State in Sudan by Remington rolling Block armed, Fuzzie-Wuzzies, Menelik II learned that modern arms were a necessity early on as Ethiopia was armed themselves with Nagant manufactured rolling block rifles and carbines obtained from Italy who in turn captured them from Pope Pius the IX forces who lost the War of the Papal States. After their victory against Italy during the infancy of smokeless powder military weapons, among the many purchased came from the firm of Adolf Frank Export Gesellschaft, known in the 1890s as as “ALFA.” in Hamburg, Germany . In 1899, Uruguayan (known at time as La Republica de Oriental Uruguayo) President Juan Idiarte Borda, wanted to obtain modern German repeating rifles to arm his interior border police, but not at a high cost. A deal was struck with Ludwig Loewe, to convert 2,650 Commission 88 Rifles to 25.5 inches, complete with a bayonet lug, and converted to appear as a short rifle unlike the Commission Karabiner 88. The mediation and export was to be through the firm of Adolf Frank Exporters of Hamburg. At the same time an Italian immigrant tailor named De Dovitis, known today more commonly as Doviitis, wished to do a favor to his new homeland of Uruguay. He made contact with friends in France and Germany to arrange production of an even more low cost rifle using barrels from Louis D’audeteau’s experimental 6.5x54R bolt-action rifle, and 1871 Mauser actions. The Uruguayan President thanked him as the price was much lower, and canceled the near complete Lugwig Loewe contract. It was a mistake as Doviitis knew nothing of arms manufacture and when these Franco/German guns were assembled and received, most failed to function with a large portion thrown into the Rio Plata river along with much of the ammunition; the latter was the problem. In any case, the Commission 88 Carbine/Short Rifles were eagerly purchased by Menelik II of Ethiopia for a sum of equivalent to $6.00 that was paid in gold to the German exporter. Whether the entire lot of 2,650 was shipped or completed is unknown. The Commission 88 rifles and Carbines were the first 8mm Mauser rifles purchased by Ethiopia. We have these carbines in good condition, some of which have the Coptic Crown of the emperor and Amharic markings of the Royal Guard. Limited quantity available.

The Gewehr 88`s are in fair condition. All are original German made at various imperial Arsenals like Amberg, Danzig, Loewe, Steyr, etc. They might have some minor dings or cracks and may be missing pieces of wood in some areas. They are all functional and considering the age in really nice shape. Most of these carbines are missing rear sight parts such as the leaf or adjustment bar. Some have also the imperial Ethiopian markings next to the German markings. These are true pieces of history and should not be missing in any collection.

Rifles are in fair to good condition and operational. The rifles are classified as an Antique. No FFL required!

Rifle does not come with clip.

Antique Firearms or Non Firearm Category. These can ship directly to an adult. Proof of age is required, copy of drivers license or FFL is fine. We will ship to the address on the ID. Some state restrictions may apply.

A Brief History of the Gewehr 88 Rifle Family:

The Gewehr 88, also called the Model 1888 Commission Rifle, was a late 19th-century German bolt action rifle, adopted in 1888. The invention of smokeless powder in the late 19th century immediately rendered all of the large-bore black powder rifles then in use obsolete. To keep pace with the French,who had adopted smokeless powder, small bore Lebel Model 1886 rifle, the Germans adopted the Gewehr 88 using its own new M/88 (Patrone 88) cartridge. It features a distinctive barrel jacket, and uses a 5 round internal magazine fed with a Mannlicher style en bloc clip.

The rifle was one of many weapons in the arms race taking place in Europe at the time. There were also two carbine versions, the Karabiner 88 for mounted troops and the Gewehr 91 for artillery. Later models provided for loading with stripper clips with an improved, Spitzer bullet cartridge (Gewehr 88/05s and Gewehr 88/14s) and went on to serve in World War I to a limited degree. Unlike many German service rifles before and after, it was not developed by Mauser but the Arms Commission, and Mauser was one of the few major arms manufacturers in Germany that did not produce Gewehr 88s.

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