How to Disassemble a Mauser

by Jeremiah Blanchard

Mauser was a German weapons manufacturer that produced rifles and pistols starting in 1870 and continued until it was taken over by the Rheinmetall Group in 1995-96. The most popular Mauser pistol design was the 1896 model. Various Mauser rifles including the popular M98 and M66 models have also been manufactured by several countries, including Yugoslavia, Turkey and the Czech Republic. All rifle designs were somewhat similar and only required removing the bolt for disassembly and cleaning. Disassembly of the Mauser 1896 pistol can be accomplished with little difficulty using basic tools.

Unload the weapon completely. Inspect the weapon to ensure no ammunition is present.

Depress the floor plate catch using a dummy round. Slide the floor plate off of the weapon while depressing the catch.

Pull the magazine spring and follower out of the weapon.

Cock the hammer. Push up on the takedown latch located underneath the hammer.

Tap the muzzle on a block of wood using firm pressure to push the barrel/lock frame assembly out of the weapon.

Pull the lock frame downward separating it from the barrel. The bolt lock should fall out at this point.

Push the firing pin inward by 1/8 of inch by using a screwdriver. Turn the pin 1/4 turn to the right. Pull out the firing pin.

Push the bolt stop to its forward position. Hold the receiver up at an angle to allow the spring to fall out, or pull it out by hand slowly if its a bit stuck. The weapon is now field-stripped and ready for cleaning.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver
  • Dummy round


  • The model 1896 is a popular collectors item. Modifying or refinishing the weapon may reduce its value. Periodic cleaning will keep the Mauser in good working condition.


  • Never attempt maintenance on a loaded weapon.
  • Never point the Mauser at anything that you do not intend to shoot.