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Paul Mauser
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Paul Mauser
Born (1838-06-27)June 27, 1838
Oberndorf am Neckar, Kingdom of Württemberg
Died May 29, 1914(1914-05-29) (aged 75)
Oberndorf am Neckar, German Empire
Nationality Flag of the German Empire.svg German Empire
Occupation Engineer, Weapon Designer
Known for Development of distinctive Mauser action
Notable work(s) Gewehr 98 Rifle
7x57mm Mauser rifle cartridge
Relatives Wilhelm Mauser, brother

Paul Mauser, (June 27, 1838 – May 29, 1914) 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 older brothers were gunsmiths.[1]

Together with his brother Wilhelm Mauser, Paul 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 Wilhelm handled this business side of the factory, Paul proved to be the more technically capable engineer.[1]

The Mauser company developed the Gewehr 98 and Karabiner 98k rifle series. The bolt-action design used for the Gewehr 98 was patented by Paul Mauser on 9 September 1895. The Gewehr 98 itself and its derivates was the latest in a line of Mauser rifles that were introduced in the 1890s.

Paul Mauser later designed the 7.65x53mm Argentine and 7x57mm Mauser rifle cartridges.

Additional information about Paul Mauser can be found looking at the following web site: the main site related to Paul Mauser.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 De Haas, Frank (2003). "Mauser Models 71 &71/84". In Wayne Zwoll. Bolt Action Rifles (4 ed.). Iola, Wisconsin: Krause Publications. p. 123. ISBN 978-0-87349-660-5. 

2. Site focused on the Paul Mauser archive by Mauro Baudino and Gerben van Vlimmeren.

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