Wilhelm Mauser

Wilhelm Mauser
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Born (1834-05-02)May 2, 1834
Died January 13, 1882(1882-01-13) (aged 47)
Nationality German
Occupation Weapon designer
Known for Designer of the Mauser rifle
Relatives Paul Mauser, brother

Wilhelm Mauser (May 2, 1834 – January 13, 1882) was a German weapon designer and manufacturer/industrialist.[1]


Mauser was born in Oberndorf am Neckar, in what was then the Kingdom of Württemberg. His father and his four brothers were gunsmiths.[1]

Together with his brother Paul Mauser (1838–1914) Wilhelm Mauser designed the Mauser Model 1871 rifle, the first of a successful line of Mauser rifles and pistols. The rifle was adopted as the Gewehr 71 or Infanterie-Gewehr 71 and was the first metal cartridge weapon of the German Empire. While Paul was the more technical of the two, Wilhelm handled this business side of the factory.[1]

The Mauser company later developed the Gewehr 98 and Karabiner 98k rifle series. The Gewehr 98 itself was the latest in a line of Mauser rifles that were introduced in 1898.


  1. ^ a b c De Haas, Frank (2003). "Mauser Models 71 &71/84". In Wayne Zwoll (ed.). Bolt Action Rifles (4 ed.). Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-87349-660-5.

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