Right side view with action closed showing original Mauser single shot metallic cartridge rifle adopted by the German Army in 1871 and actually introduced into service in the following year.
This model used the removable bolt head and split bridge receiver later used on turn-bolt Mannlicher rifles. The German Gew. 1888 bolt and receiver were evolved from the M. 71, not from Männlicher designs. Model 71 rifles, both original and converted types, were used in the Balkans even in World War II.
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