This magazine rifle has become Americanized since having been used in the Spanish-American War, in 1898, and in the Philippine Insurrection. In the 1893 Model, the cartridges are stripped from the clips into the magazine. It is a very strong gun and is operated by means of a sliding breech-block, which, when pulled hack, opens the breech and extracts the exploded shell. By means of the magazine spring, a new cartridge is automatically brought into position to be forced into the barrel chamber by the forward movement of the breech-block, which also locks the mechanism. The magazine holds five cartridges and is loaded by means of the cartridge clip. To load the arm, open the breech, place the cartridge clip and cartridges in place at the breech; the cartridges can then be placed in the magazine in one movement by pressing down on the top cartridge. Remove the 'clip, close the breech and the rifle is ready for use. The muzzle velocity is 2,000 f. s.—the caliber is 7 millimeters, or .276. The Mauser is also the arm of Argentina, Brazil, Chili, Belgium, Sweden, and Turkey.
Farrow, Edward S. American Small Arms; a Veritable Encyclopedia of Knowledge for Sportsmen and Military Men. New York: Bradford, 1904. Print.
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