Paul Mauser, after 1912 von Mauser, (June 27, 1838 – May 29, 1914)
was a German weapon designer and manufacturer/industrialist.
Mauser was born in Oberndorf am Neckar, in what was then the Kingdom
of Württemberg. His father and his four older brothers were
Together with his brother Wilhelm Mauser, Paul
Mauser designed the
Mauser Model 1871 rifle, the first of a successful line of Mauser
rifles and pistols. The rifle was adopted as the Gewehr 71 or
Infanterie-Gewehr 71 and was the first metal cartridge weapon of the
German Empire. While Wilhelm handled this business side of the
factory, Paul proved to be the more technically capable engineer.
Mauser made significant contributions to bolt action rifle design
and successfully combined and improved various bolt action engineering
Mauser company bolt action development resulted in
Gewehr 98 and
Karabiner 98k rifle series that were the latest in a
Mauser bolt action rifles that started with the
1889 and were adapted in 1889 and the 1890s as service rifles by
several countries. The bolt action design used for the
Gewehr 98 was
patented by Paul
Mauser on 9 September 1895.
Mauser also designed the 7.65×53mm
Mauser (1889) and 7×57mm
Mauser (1892) rifle cartridges. These cartridges were high-performance
service cartridge designs compared to other contemporary smokeless
powder service cartridges such as the
8mm Lebel (1886), 8×50mmR
Mannlicher (1890) and
.303 British (1891).
^ a b c De Haas, Frank (2003). "
Mauser Models 71 &71/84". In Wayne
Zwoll. Bolt Action Rifles (4 ed.). Iola, Wisconsin: Krause
Publications. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-87349-660-5.
^ Five Supposed
Mauser Firsts … That Weren’t
Mauser Rifles and Pistols by W. H. B. Smith
2. www.paul-mauser-archive.com: Site focused on the Paul Mauser
archive by Mauro Baudino and Gerben van Vlimmeren.
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