In response to the request of the Belgian Government for the submission of test rifles, weapons were supplied by manufacturers from many countries. After extensive and detailed testing, the Belgian Government finally accepted the new Mauser rifle. This was the first weapon manufactured by Mauser to employ a box magazine, and the first on which his now famous cartridge clip was used as a quick loading instrument.
With only minor modifications, this rifle was officially in use by the Belgian Government in World War I. The essential design of the rifle was so correct that only minor modifications were necessary; and even the most modern Mausers vary from it in detail rather than principle.
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