Karabiner 88

Catalogue number
  • FIR 7579
Production date
  • Sling: leather
  • whole: L: 94.2cms BL: 44cms Calibre: 7.92 x 57
Alternative names
  • full name: Karabiner 88
  • simple name: carbine, bolt action, fixed box magazine
Weapons and ammunition

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The Karabiner 88 was the carbine version of the German Gewehr 88 Rifle (see FIR 7470). It was issued principally to Imperial German cavalry units, between 1890 and 1909, when it was replaced in service by a carbine variant of the new model 1898 rifle. Many surplus rifles subsequently found their way on to the commercial market. This carbine was captured in 1914 in the German colony of Togoland (now Togo). Togoland was defended only by a small police force, who were armed largely with old 1871 pattern rifles. It would seem likely therefore, that this weapon was the personal property of a German police officer or settler.

Physical description

Karabiner 88 carbine & sling

History note

Bolt not original to rifle. German colonial forces were not issued with the Gewehr 88 or its derivatives, so this is likely to be a privately purchased item. Kar 88's were removed from Army service by 1910, and some were made available commercially.

1. stamped on chamber 2. stamped on bolt handle 3. stamped on left of body

1. crown over ERFURT 1893 2. 8525q 3. Kar. 88. n.m

Stamped on left of chamber, left of receiver ring and on underside of magazine


Stamped on right of chamber

crown over B & crown over B & crown over B

Stamped on barrel band


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