Turkish 8mm Ottoman Mauser 1893 Complete Barreled Action - Good Condition

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The 1983 Turkish Mauser is perhaps the most popular rifle to have originated from Turkey. This historic rifle is highly sought after by gun collectors all over the world. Although it used to be very cost effective to produce and cheap to purchase during the initial period, it has now acquired collector’s status for which people are willing to pay large sums of money.
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The Turkish Mauser 1893 rifle is perhaps the most popular rifle to have originated from Turkey. This historic rifle is highly sought after by gun collectors all over the world. Since all Model 1893's were made in 1894, 1895 and 1896 (regardless of what rebuild year is stamped on the receiver), all models of 1893 Turkish Mauser rifles are classified as antique firearms under U.S. Federal law in most** states and locales.

  • Serial number on bolt and receiver do not match
  • Includes: complete bolt, action, trigger guard with magazine floor plate and spring installed


History of the 1893 Mauser

In the decade up to 1914, the Ottoman government invested heavily in the modernization of its army's weapons and equipment. This program concentrated on buying materials directly from foreign companies rather than building domestic industrial capacity. As part of this modernization process, the Ottoman government invited a German military mission to advise the army on its choice of modern weapons and how best to use them. Under the influence of these advisers most of the pre-war military contracts went to large German arms manufacturers, including Krupp, Mauser and Rheinmetall.1

The Model 1893 rifle was one of a series of rifles purchased by the Turkish government from Mauser in Germany. The terms of the contract with Mauser enabled the Turks to change the specifications of the rifles supplied, so as to keep pace with any new design developments which Mauser introduced into its products. In 1893, the Spanish Army introduced a Mauser rifle which featured a number of innovations. As a consequence, the Turkish Army ordered over 200,000 rifles of a very similar design, which they adopted as their Model 1893.

1930's Ankara Arsenal Conversion

1893 Mauser rifles have gone through a series of modifications with the passage of time. The most significant transformation in the configuration of this firearm took place when it was converted to an 8mm Mauser. The conversion took place in the early 1930s at the Ankara arsenal outlet.

Two possible techniques were used to transform the 1893 Mauser into an 8mm rifle. In some cases the old barrel was replaced with a new 8mm barrel, and in other cases, the existing barrel was bored out. The face of the receiver was cut into so as to enable it to load a longer bullet into its magazine. The magazine was then cut off and removed at the right side, and a thumbhole cut-out was made on the left side to facilitate stripper clip loading. Flanges were added to the modified rifles so as to hold the handguard in place. The handguard had retaining clips that would be fixed onto the barrel at the bottom; it was meant to be used when no retaining flange was attached to the rifle.

The magazine cutoff is unique among Mauser rifles to the Turkish model of 1893. The cut off allows the shooter to keep the magazine in reserve while single loading new cartridges. The U.S. Springfield Model 1903 also has this feature. The cut off was a side mounted slide that extended out on the right side of the receiver. This extension was often cut off during the rebuild process. This permitted a normal 1903 stock to be used. If the cut off extension is intact, then the old style, original, straight stock is almost certain to be used.2


The Model of 1893 can fire before the bolt is fully closed if you pull the trigger too early. Be especially careful to keep your finger off the trigger until the bolt is fully closed. A Mauser Patent of 1892 describes "a stud on upper front end of sear could enter slot in bolt only when action was fully locked. If trigger were pulled when action was not fully locked, stud contacted side of bolt and prevented sear from pivoting far enough to release firing mechanism." If the trigger is modified or worn, then this safety mechanism can be bypassed. This feature was removed in the Model 1898 because of the switch to cock on opening.2



1. https://nzhistory.govt.nz/war/ottoman-empire/weapons-of-the-ottoman-empire  2. https://www.turkmauser.com/

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  • 4
    Surprisingly good condition

    Posted by Dan Henson on Aug 25th 2020

    I ordered two of these and expected them to be missing "something" but was surprised to find both were complete needing only a stock, One fit perfectly into a Swedish M38 stock I had and felt like it belonged there. The condition was better than expected with most bluing still on the barrel, very little on the receiver and a strong bore. I feel this was a good purchase and should be a fun cast bullet shooter for plinking.

  • 5
    Smooth and Sexy

    Posted by Fred W. on Jul 27th 2020

    And so is this rifle! Seriously, this is my first Mauser. Man, once you clean this gal up, it's a thing of beauty. Mine had just a bit of cosmoline, minor rust and dirt. The bore was so crisp, I swear that it was only proof-fired (obviously a new barrel, not re-barreled, stamped 7.91). She's gonna make nice, tight groups. This was a very late refurb (1940). I love that there are no stupid import marks. It lost some bluing, but it's nothing I can't touch-up. I'm going to bed her in a pretty walnut sporter stock. Then we'll have fun.

  • 5
    I got 2 of these!

    Posted by Maverick V. on Jul 19th 2020

    I got 2 of these, they were in great condition. It's a nice little project.

  • 5
    great deal

    Posted by Rob s on Jul 19th 2020

    bore nice and shiny after a lot of cleaning. mounted in old stock and took to range and tested. works well.

  • 5
    Great value

    Posted by Duane O on Jun 27th 2020

    Very fast shipping to Florida. Had it in two days. A small bit of pitting near the receiver but will not hamper shooting it. I got a number matching bolt with my set and a very nice bore. Cant wait to finish this build and take it to the range. I think I'll be getting another couple sets soon.

  • 5
    1893 Turkish Mauser

    Posted by Eddie S. on Jun 26th 2020

    Ordered 3 - These things are awesome! Way more bluing intact than I ever thought possible. Bores are in great shape. Tempted to buy more!!

  • 5
    1893 Ottomam Turkish Mauser

    Posted by Dan S. on Jun 22nd 2020

    I was really surprised when I opened the box. it was complete barreled receiver with bolt stop and ejector, sights in good condition, trigger guard and magazine box in good condition. I basically cleaned off the grease dropped it in a stock and cleaned the bore and went to the range and fired it. excellent buy for collectors and shooters.

  • 5
    turkish mauser

    Posted by michelleweader on Jun 20th 2020

    was much better than i expected ! bore was like new