General Information & Facts Pertaining To The German Model 1888 Commission Rifle
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Hello, I just wanted to tell you a bit about an 1889 Steyr-made Gew 88 which has come into my possession. It is numbered 6003 and the first band has 100.R. 5.125. printed into it. All numbers match throughout. I have partially disassembled it and inspected it and found it has a very good bore and appears unmodified other than the S stamped above the chamber. I am looking for an ammo clip and a cleaning rod for it. I intend to shoot it at least once just for kicks. It is a really nice example for being 128 years old! Thanks for having this site. Mike in Texas
Admin, my 88 was found under a bed in my Son-in-law's Grandparents home in Ashtabula Ohio after their deaths. We don't know how long it had laid there. The bore was sooty and black until I gave it a quick cleaning, then it was spotless! I guess whatever was used on the bore did its job. It probably came home after WWII with his Grandfather. I'm so sorry I never had the chance to talk to him about the rifle. I've purchased some modern ammunition for it at a collector's gun show this summer so it will be test-fired as soon as I procure an ammo clip. Even though it sits low on the collectible gun market, I knew that a first-year matching number rifle was going to be rare. I will take some photos of it and post them here soon.