Peruvian Mauser Model 1909 7.65x53mm Bolt Action Rifle C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,000

WOA#: WY240117CB052

Make: Mauser, Oberndorf

Model: Model 1909

Serial Number: 6557

Year of Manufacture: 1910-1914

Caliber: 7.65x53mm

Action Type: Bolt action, 5 round internal magazine

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked with two wreath acceptance stamps, “6557”, and “Waffenfabrik Mauser-Oberndorf A/N Modelo 1909.” The top of the receiver is marked with the Peruvian crest and “MAUSER ORIGINAL”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked “SJG”, of which only the top section is above the stock line. The top of the bolt handle is marked “1070”. The underside is marked with a wreath acceptance mark. The safety, bolt sleeve, and extractor are marked “70”. The bolt stop is marked “10”. The left rear side of the rear sight is marked “68”. The bottom of the magazine floor plate is marked “65”. The front of the trigger guard assembly is faintly marked “7041”.

Barrel Length: 29”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted v-blade dovetailed into a barrel mounted base. The rear sight is a Lange Visier sight much like the one on the German Gewehr 98. It is a sliding v-notch sight escalator that is marked for differing elevations on the top, left, and right of the sight base.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece wood stock has a pistol grip, nose cap with parade hook & bayonet lug, hole for the missing cleaning rod, barrel band with sling loop, through bolt, marking disk, sling loop base under the butt and a metal buttplate. The buttplate has pitting and wear at the heel and toe. There are compression marks, scuffs, and scratches throughout the wood. There are long black streaks along the sides of the stock and along the top of the buttstock, as well as discoloration around the rear of the receiver. The front of the upper handguard is worn and discolored. There is a small chip in the wood on the right side, below the upper handguard. There are a few thin gouges in the wood at the toe of the buttstock. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Refinished

Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is light erosion throughout the bore.

In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 8 out of 10.

Many military and C&R eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950s.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 75% of its metal refinish. There are scuffs and scratches throughout the metal surfaces. The finish is worn along the sides and bottom of the trigger guard as well as on the left side of the nose cap. It is thinning on top of the receiver bridge. There are spots of surface rust on the barrel exterior. There is pitting underneath the newer finish on the receiver and the bolt stop. There are minor impact marks on the bottom of the magazine floor plate and along the top edge of the bolt stop. There is pitting on the receiver tang. The marking disk is covered in a layer of surface rust. The bolt knob is heavily rusted. The bolt and action show usage wear. The screw heads show light to moderate use. The markings are mostly clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition as refinished.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: In the early 1900s, both Peru and Argentina were looking to replace their Model 1891 rifles. As was the case previously, they settled on the same rifle, the Model 1909. Based closely on the German Gewehr 98, the Model 1909 featured a more modern self-contained and staggered magazine instead of the 1891’s single stack external magazine. Argentina went with standard tangent rear sights on their rifles, while Peru was committed to sticking with the Lange Vizier ‘roller coaster’ rear sights that they had on their 1891s. These rear sights make Peruvian Model 1909 rifles nearly indistinguishable from the Gewehr 98 at a distance. This example has been refinished, as the receiver is supposed to be ‘in the white’. It also has a replacement barrel from SIG, which was done on rifles that had had their barrels completely ‘shot out’. The SIG barrels are heavier than the original factory barrels. The stock has wear to it, with numerous large compression marks throughout and a few gouges at the toe of the buttstock. It retains most of its newer finish, though there are areas of thinning on the trigger guard and receiver bridge. There are also areas of pitting underneath the newer finish. The bore is in very nice shape and should make for a great shooter. Despite the refinish, the Peruvian crest and the large “MAUSER ORIGINAL” are still very visible. This would fit into any South American or Mauser collection. Please see our photos.


Peruvian Mauser Model 1909 7.65x53mm Bolt Action Rifle C&R
Peruvian Mauser Model 1909 7.65x53mm Bolt Action Rifle C&R