Wilhelm Mauser

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Wilhelm Mauser
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Born(1834-05-02)May 2, 1834
DiedJanuary 13, 1882(1882-01-13) (aged 47)
OccupationWeapon designer
Known forDesigner 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.

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