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Gewehr 1888

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Gewehr 1888 in original configuration - 7.92x57mm (8x57mm I Patrone 88)
Karabiner 1888 - 7.92x57mm (8x57mm I Patrone 88)
Gewehr 1888/05 - 7.92x57mm (8x57 IS)
Turkish Gew.88/05/35 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. This is a movie armory weapon.

The Model 1888 Commission Rifle, best known under the German name Gewehr 88, was the German Empire's response to the French adoption of the Lebel 1886. It was designed by the German Army's Rifle Testing Commission, and combined elements of Mauser and Mannlicher rifle design. It fed from a Mannlicher-type 5-round single-column magazine loaded with an en-bloc clip. The bolt featured two opposing lugs on the front of the bolt body, with the bolt handle forming a safety lug. The barrel was covered with a tubular steel jacket that threaded onto the receiver ring, with a ladder-type rear sight. The cartridge designed for the rifle was the Gewehrpatrone-1888 8x57mm, the predecessor to the 7.9x57mmIS Mauser. It featured a 225gr round-nose bullet .318" in diameter.

In 1905 the German Army adopted the Gewehrpatrone 1905 with a 154gr-spitzer bullet .323" in diameter. To supplement the Gewehr 98, many Gew.88 rifles were converted to safely fire the P.05 cartridge. The magazine was modified to feed from Mauser stripper clips. These rifles were referred to as Gew.88/05. During these conversions, the rifles received several markings:

  • n. m.: neues Material (new Material) improved steel for the barrel.
  • Z: tiefe Züge a newer barrel with deeper rifling (0.15 mm instead of 0.10 mm).
  • S: Spitzgeschoß (spitzer bullet) using the Gewehrpatrone 1905 (8x57 IS).

The . and n. m. are the result of improvements in barrel bursting, respectively heavy barrel wear of the first Gew. 88. The use of jacketed bullets was still in the beginning at the introduction of the Gew. 88 and resulting flaws came to fruition only later.

Turkey purchased large numbers of Gew.88 rifles during the First World War. These rifles remained in service with the Turkish Republic, and many were modified during the 1930's update program. The barrel jackets were removed, and a tangent-leaf sight and wooden handguard were fitted. The straight-grip stock was replaced with a pistol-gripped stock, and an M93-type bayonet lug to mount the standard Turkish bayonet. These conversions are designated Gew.88/05/35, 1935 being the first year of conversion.


(1888 – 1899)

  • Type: Bolt-action rifle
  • Caliber: 8x57mm M/88, 7.92x57mm Mauser from Gewehr 88/05 onwards
  • Weight: 8.6 lb (3.9 kg)
  • Length: 49.0 in (1,245 mm), 37 in (950 mm) (Karabiner 88)
  • Barrel length: 29.1 in (740 mm), 19 in (490 mm) (Karabiner 88)
  • Capacity: 5 round clip in a fixed internal magazine
  • Variants: Gewehr 88, Karabiner 88, Gewehr 91, Gewehr 88/05, Gewehr 88/14

The Gewehr 1888 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Captain from Köpenick A German soldier 1931
The First Platoon (Pervyy vzvod) German soldiers 1933
Deserter (Dezertir) German mounted police Karabiner 88 1933
La Bandera Jean Gabin Pierre Gilieth 1935
Raymond Aimos Marcel Mulot
La Grande Illusion German Prison guards and spodiers Gewehr 1888/05 with Seitengewehr SG 98 1937
Forty Thousand Horsemen German and Turkish soldiers Gewehr 1888/05 1940
Ernst Thälmann - Son of his Class German soldiers and Communists Gewehr 1888/05 and Karabiner 88 1954
Ernst Thälmann - Leader of his Class German soldiers Gewehr 1888/05 and Karabiner 88 1955
Hud A rancher Sporter 88 1963
The Stolen Battle Prussian soldiers Gewehr 1888/05 and Karabiner 88 1972
Blood Brothers (Blutsbrüder) Cheyennes Karabiner 88 1975
Severino Constantin Fugasin Blas Karabiner 88 1978
Emanoil Petrut Domingo
Manzeneros warriors and ranchers Gewehr 88, Karabiner 88
Bavarian Outlaw Bavarian policemen Gewehr 1888/05 2008
Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows Jude Law Dr. Watson Gewehr 88 2011
Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes
Paul Anderson Colonel Sebastian Moran
Alexandre Carril Twin
Victor Carril Twin
Noomi Rapace Madam Simza Heron
Meinhard guards Gewehr 88 with Seitengewehr 71/84
Day of the Falcon (Or noir) A sultan's guard Gewehr 88/05/35 2011
Emden Men Michael Lott Matrose Hilgert Gewehr 1888/05 2012
Oliver Korittke Maat Kluthe
German sailors
Gallipoli: End of the Road Turkish soldiers 2013
The Dark Valley A Brenner family member Gewehr 1888 or 88/05 2014


Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. Robert Vaughn Napoleon Solo 1964-1968
Fiery Roads (Ognennye dorogi) Ulmas Alikhodzhayev Hamza Hakimzade Niyazi Ep.15 1985
The Caravan of Sailors German sailors Gewehr 1888/05 2006
Turkish soldiers
Krupp: A Family Between War and Peace Reichswehr and Rote Ruhrarmee soldiers Ep. 01 & 02 2009
Clara Immerwahr French and German soldiers Gewehr 1888/05, Kar88, G88/05/35 2014
Hetaeras of Major Sokolov (Getery mayora Sokolova) Darya Melnikova Beshenaya Kar.88 with sniper scope 2014
Deadline Gallipoli Turkish civilian Ep. 02; Gewehr 1888/05 2015
And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don) Austro-Hungarian soldiers 2015
Doctor Who (New Series) - Season 10 German soldiers Episode "Twice Upon a Time"; Gewehr 1888/05 2017
Babylon Berlin - Season 1 Volker Bruch Gereon Rath Ep. 07; Gewehr 1888/05 2017
German soldiers
Babylon Berlin - Season 2 Ivo Pietzcker Moritz Rath Gewehr 1888/05 2017
Peter Kurth Bruno Wolter
Volker Bruch Gereon Rath
German soldiers
Demon of the Revolution (Demon revolyutsii) German soldiers 2017
1918: Uprising of the Sailors Henriette Confurius Helene Hartung Gewehr 1888/05 2018
Martin Winkelmann Herman Knüfken
German sailors and soldiers
Alex the Fierce (Alex Lyutyj) Hilfspolizei 2020
Babylon Berlin - Season 4 Police Officers Ep. 40 2022

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Notation Release Date
Battlefield: 1918 Carbine 2003
The Great War 1918 Carbine 2013
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly "Model 1888 commission rifle" 2014
Battle of Empires: 1914-1918 "G88" 2015
Verdun "Gewehr 88/05 Kommissionsgewehr" 2015
"Karabiner 1888"
Tannenberg "Gewehr 88/05 Kommissionsgewehr" 2019
"Karabiner 1888"
Enlisted Gewehr 1888/05 2021
Beyond The Wire "Gewehr 1888/05" 2022
Isonzo "Repetiergewehr M.13" With Seitengewehr 71 2022
"Gewehr 88/05 Kommissionsgewehr" Introduced in Caporetto expansion
"Karabiner 1888"


Title Character Note Date
Fullmetal Alchemist: Conqueror of Shamballa Police officer Hughes 2005

Hanyang 88

Hanyang 88 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. This weapon saw service in the Sino-Japanese wars and the Chinese Civil War.

An unlicensed copy of the Gew.88 was adopted by the Qing Dynasty for their Newly Created Army in 1895. This rifle was produced at the Hanyang Arsenal as Type-88 rifle and would serve Imperial, Nationalist, and Communist forces all the way through to the end of the Chinese Civil War. In 1904 the design was modified, and the Gew.88's tubular barrel shroud and ladder-type rear sight were eliminated and a Mauser-style tangent-leaf sight and half-length handguard were substituted.


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Red Detachment of Women (Hong se niang zi jun) Xijuan Zhu Wu Qionghua 1961
Mei Xiang Fu Honglian
Shugui Shi Dan Zhu
The local militia, Chinese Red Army
The Last Emperor Kuomintang troops 1987
The Children of Huang Shi Chinese soldiers 2008
City of Life and Death Nationalist Chinese soldiers 2009
Let the Bullets Fly Wen Jiang Pocky Zhang Hanyang 88 carbine 2010
Back to 1942 Zhao Yi Master Fan's son 2010
Chinese soldiers and policemen
Cold Steel (Bian di lang yan) Peter Ho Mu Liangfeng 2011
Song Jia Liu Yan
1911 A resistance fighter 2011
Shaolin Chinese soldiers 2011
The Eight Hundred Chinese soldiers 2020

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