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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03 Oct 2017, 02:23 #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.

shootersteve
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mkgr22
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03 Oct 2017, 14:20 #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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shootersteve69
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03 Oct 2017, 14:35 #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?

thanks again
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mkgr22
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03 Oct 2017, 15:08 #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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