The rifle with which this example was issued was made in 1900 by Deutsche Waffen-und Munitionsfabriken (DWM).
Most have aluminum alloy grips, like this example. Some have brass grips. There has been a lot of fiction spread regarding the brass grips being for the Navy, for NCO's, and the like. None of that is true. According to Webster's well-documented book on Argentine Military Rifles:
What a deal It is a numbers matching Mountain Carbine (21.5 barrel, etc). Condition is good. Argentine Mauser S Serial Number Was. The only place I could not find a serial number was on the stock- so it might be too much wear or a replacement. I took it completely apart and all the parts look almost new. Match the cartridge the rifle fires with a likely country of origin and model. Mauser-pattern bolt-actions were manufactured in countries including Germany, Turkey, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Sweden, Belgium, Argentina and Chile, so the round the rifle fires can help you identify the rifle's origins and model, like the 1891 Argentine, 1909 Argentine, Spanish 1893, Chilean 1895 and the Swedish 1896. Dutch, thanks for all the input. I've seen your site and for a fact, you are a Mauser man. I really like the LER mounts you've done. Have you ever done one for the Mountain Carbine? Oh, Nicholst55, according to some folks on another site this actually is a Mountain model. It has a 21.5 inch barrel and a 1400 meter sight. How long is the barrel.
The aluminum grip scales were part of an effort to lighten the bayonet. The grip metal is an alloy of aluminum, with 6 percent copper.
Argentine Mauser Serial Number Lookup On the left ring, in two lines are: (1) EJERCITO ARGENTINO (2) MAUSER MOD. 1909 ((H) page 1, illus. #17) On the top ring is the Argentine crest. On the right ring is the serial number and on the left rail is D.G.F.M.-(F.M.A.P.). Prvi Partizan 7.65mm Argentine Mauser 174 Gr. Full Metal Jacket Ammo I bought an Argentine Mauser, in excellent condition, about 20 years ago for around 70 bucks. In a very weird circumstance of being correct on my instincts, I bought.a lot. of guns 20 years ago that have greatly appreciated.
Argentina opted for the 15.75 inch blade, after seeing that Chile was going to adopt a shorter (10-inch blade) bayonet for their Mausers. However, the prototype bayonets turned out heavier than the Argentines liked, so they made a number of design changes (thinner blade, slimmer hilt, and others).
They went ahead with the brass grip scales, initially, so as not to further delay production. Brass-gripped bayonets were made 1892–93. Production switched to aluminum grip, mid-1893, after producing 40,000 brass grip bayonets. 190,000 aluminum grip bayonets were made, 1893–1898.
The 'RA' inside an oval is an Argentine property mark, representing Republica Argentino. This replaced the earlier 'E.N' Ejercito Nacional (National Army) property mark.
7.65 Argentine Mauser Serial Numbers
Most M1891 rifles and bayonets were exported to the USA in the 1950s and 1960s, when Argentine export laws required that the national crest be ground away before being sold.