The model 1888 rifle, originally known as “Gewehr
modell 1888” or “Komissiongewehr” (Commission rifle),
was developed by a group of officers from GewehrPrufungsKomission
In Germany, service life of the Gew.88 as a primary infantry rifle was relatively short. After just 10 years of service it was officially replaced with the Mauser-designed Gew.98
Following adoption of the modified 7,9mm S-patrone in 1902 (with lighter and much faster “Spitzer” or pointed bullet) many of the Gew.88 rifles were adapted for this new ammunition by reaming out the front of the chamber. These rifles, sometimes referred to as “Gew.88S”, are clearly marked with the letter “S” stamped on the top of receiver.
From 1905, many of the old G.88S rifles were further modified
to G.88/05 standard to make use of the new, standard issue Mauser stripper
This example made at Danzig in 1890 has been upgraded for the new ammunition using the .323 bullet and has the receiver marked "S" to identify this.
The S denotes the chamber throat is reamed out for the S Cartridge introduced in 1903 and was only intened to be used in emergencies.
The receiver is not marked for the enlarged rifling depth, so I would suggest slugging the bore to determine the best size bullet to use with this one
A nice example of a Gewehr 1888, that has been upgraded to the 88/05 pattern for stripper clip loading.
Also fitted with the dust cover to prevent debris from entering the integral magazine. The butt has a little bit of damage caused by parade use.
Just Been Proofed - Very Good Bore