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A companion for my 1890 Danzig GEW 88 waiting on a new barrel. This was on GB with no bidders, got it for the opening bid of $395. 1891 Loewe GEW 88 with the 1905 update. A mixmaster with a Turked bolt. Shoots just fine with PPU 8mm.



























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That looks like fun; shoot it offhand and slung?


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Originally posted by RichardC:
That looks like fun; shoot it offhand and slung?


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"Yidn, shreibt un fershreibt"

"The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw and half a hundred other places, they put their rather naive theory into operation. They sowed the wind, and now they are going to reap the whirlwind."
-Bomber Harris
 
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I just bought two older rifles, an 1888 Springfield Trapdoor in 45-70. The other is a Swedish Mauser in 6.5, from the mid 19-teens or so.

Both are in good shape.
 
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Your ‘88 Commission rifle has gone through a factory rework. This is a good thing. Shoots standard 8mm. It also has the blocks for a stripper clip, a receiver notch for the spire point bullets and a thumb notch for stripper clips. The filler plate on the bottom is dated 1914. Best guess? That was added too at the time of overhaul.
I am not sure what the Turkish bolt is about. Mine is the same. The story might go something like this - German arms manufacturers were making rifles for a number of countries before the Great War. They built to order. (IE - research Argentine Mausers). It is possible that Loewe was doing exactly that when a big push came for rifles NOW. Parts were on the shelf (some for Turkey). The logic went: If it fits and shoots? Assemble it and ship it.
They do shoot well. Aim low. Standard V sight is zeroed for 400 meters. Military theory at the time was that 400 meters was reasonable (assumption on my part). The reality of the trenches of WW1 was that a number of the guys faced the enemy at 50 yards (A Rifleman Goes to War, H.W. McBride).
 
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