By the year 1894, the Germany Army had had sufficient experience with their Mannlicher type of rifle under field conditions to know that Mauser's original contentions had been correct—that under strenuous service the Mauser loading system was much the better one. Hence in January, 1895, the German Army High Command gave a trial order for 2000 Mauser rifles in caliber 7.9mm to shoot the same cartridge as then used in the Model 88 Rifle, stipulating that the rifles have a jacketed barrel. In October of the following year, a second trial order was placed for 2,085 rifles, this time of a 6mm caliber, minus the barrel jacket. However, on mature consideration, it was decided that the official 7.9mm rifle caliber was the correct one. In 1898, under the designation of "Infantry Rifle 98," the German Army adopted officially the 7.9mm Mauser Rifle without the barrel jacket.
In the following nine years, over 290,000 rifles were turned out at Oberndorf alone, while all the Government arsenals also participated in manufacturing this design for the complete re-equipment of the German forces.
This rifle, which formed the basis for much of the design of our own American Springfield Rifle, (on which a royalty of $200,000 was paid to Mauser by our
Army), with slight modifications, mostly of woodwork, sights, length and weight, remains to this day the official German Service Rifle; and again with only minor modifications of sights and finish is the basis for practically all the truly high powered sporting rifles of turning bolt design, with the sole exception of the Austrian Mannlicher type.
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