charged or the platform is pushed down by the finger. This serves to notify the firer that the weapon is empty.

10. A cutoff is provided on the Turkish rifle permitting the magazine to be held in reserve as in the case of the United States Springfield while the weapon is used as a single loader.

The mechanics and operations are otherwise substantially the same as those already described for the Belgian Model.

Note on Later Turkish Mausers

These differ but slightly from the corresponding German types, notably the Gewehr and Kar. 98 series. Details covering the German types apply to the Turkish with the exceptions noted.

The official Model 1905 has the following characteristics: Weight is 9 pounds 6 ounces. Length is 4 feet 1 inch (1 foot 8.5 inches more with bayonet attached). Barrel length is 29.1 inches. Caliber 7.65mm Turkish. Right hand twist, one turn in 9.84 inches, 4-grooves. Sights typical V rear adjustable from 400 to 2000 meters and barleycorn front. No wind gauge. Barrel diameter .301 inch. Bullet diameter 311 maximum.

This rifle is equipped with a cut-off permitting holding the magazine in reserve. The magazine is the standard Mauser vertical fixed box, holding 5-cartridges in double staggered rows.

Rifles of Mauser make or pattern to shoot the standard German 7.9 mm cartridge are also common in Turkey.

Germany, Belgium, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia and even Poland delivered some Mauser-type rifles to Turkey after 1924. These were in either 7.65mm or German 7.92mm calibers. Mechanically these are the same as the German World War II patterns, since all were based on German minor modifications of the original Mauser Gewehr 98.

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