Peruvian 1891 Short Carbine
- Licensing Category: Non-restricted
- Maker: Mauser
SN 0174 is an uncommon Mauser variation . This example started as a 1891 rifle built by DWM Germany for Argentina. These rifles were surplus sold to Peru and converted to carbines by the Peruvian Arsenal. This example shows a less common 18" barrel. Most of the converted carbines showed a 19.75" barrel. This might suggest that the shorter barrel may have been intended for use by mounted or artillery units. The bore rates as bright excellent in 7.65 X 53 caliber. The barrel shows a Belgium proof which suggests that the shorter barrels were contracted from Belgium. The Peruvian national crest was rolled on the receiver ring and a new serial number stamped on the receiver 0174. There is no top wood on this example. The topwood on the standard carbines was clearly longer. Ref. page 204 (Peru)," Mauser Military Rifles of the World", 2nd edition by Robert Ball. A sub variation of the 1891 Peruvian Mauser Carbine.