Ludwig Lowe '95 Chilean Mauser- purported to be a "95/12"

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Ludwig Lowe '95 Chilean Mauser- purported to be a "95/12"

shootersteve69
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October 3rd, 2017, 2:23 am #1

I have a Chilean Mauser I bought from a self-described collector abut 25 years ago. The 25 year old tag he had on it at the gunshow where I bought it states it is a "95/12". If he told me what the /12 signifies I do not remember. I am getting ready to sell it and want to clear up something. All the numbers match -bolt, wood, cleaning rod - except for the 3 rear sight pieces. I believe some military rifles had rear sights with updated calibration to better match ballistics of a newer ammunition. When Chile adopted the 1912 Mauser, made by Steyr, was a new ammunition type also approve(maybe to take advantage of the 1912's model 98-type stronger action?) I am guessing here, but was my 1895 model refitted with a new, different (non-matching) rear sight calibrated to ballistics of the updated ammo? If so, the "/12" model designation for my rifle makes sense. I am not trying to answer my own question, just lay out some possibilities as background.

thank you to everyone who can comment on this.

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October 3rd, 2017, 2:20 pm #2

The main change that countries made around that time was to lighter, pointed bullets instead of round-nosed heavier ones.

That's what required sight changes.
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October 3rd, 2017, 2:35 pm #3

mkgr22 wrote: The main change that countries made around that time was to lighter, pointed bullets instead of round-nosed heavier ones.

That's what required sight changes.
Thank you mkgr22 for your comment. Just to confirm, does the "/12" denote a sight change to match trajectory of a lighter bullet and do you think that is why the rear sight on my rifle is mis-matched to the rest of it?

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October 3rd, 2017, 3:08 pm #4

I haven't seen the "95/12" designation before. 1912 is the year Chile ordered 98 style mausers from Steyr, so they possibly might have used Steyr as the source for the new sights.
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December 18th, 2017, 1:37 am #5

mkgr22 wrote:I haven't seen the "95/12" designation before. 1912 is the year Chile ordered 98 style mausers from Steyr, so they possibly might have used Steyr as the source for the new sights.
Interesting theory but the 95 sight is a ladder type while the 1912 is a tangent.


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December 19th, 2017, 6:41 pm #6

Sorry to get off topic but I have to ask - mkgr22, where did you find that beautiful Mauser coat of arms on your i.d. picture? Gotta get me a copy of one of those-
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