The Mauser She Told You Not to Worry About…

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My M1918 Tank Gewehr. 100% matching with its original MG08/15 bipod and 1 original 13.2x92mmSR TuF (tank and aircraft) round from 1918. This thing weighs over 40 pounds and is 5’7” long. Just under 17,000 of these were made, this one being a very early one with serial 215. I’ll shoot it one day when I can find more rounds. I got this off armslist of all places!

Some pictures you’ll see compared to my Gew98 as well as a .50 BMG round.

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That's very cool. I remember hearing of them but don't believe that I've ever seen pictures.

I'm sure that original ammo is mostly unobtanium other than the single round you've shown. Is there any way to make some from available components?
 
That's very cool. I remember hearing of them but don't believe that I've ever seen pictures.

I'm sure that original ammo is mostly unobtanium other than the single round you've shown. Is there any way to make some from available components?
Yes original ammo is very very hard to come by and pricey. And currently there is no component production for reloading. There are some people i’m talking to who are doing tests with converted .50BMG brass but it’s a lengthy and tricky conversion that involves a lot of cutting and witchcraft, and still in trial phase.
 
Well I'll be damned, as some interested both in WW1 and it's weapons, that's a beautiful sight! Glad you got it, love to see it!
 
Yes original ammo is very very hard to come by and pricey. And currently there is no component production for reloading. There are some people i’m talking to who are doing tests with converted .50BMG brass but it’s a lengthy and tricky conversion that involves a lot of cutting and witchcraft, and still in trial phase.

I seem to remember years ago on some obscure web forum, there some guys producing the cartridge case by lathe turning brass down to the correct dimensions. They were making copper and brass projectiles too.

You may want to contact Ian from forgotten weapons about ammo. He seems to be connected at whole different level with the antique gun world.
 
I seem to remember years ago on some obscure web forum, there some guys producing the cartridge case by lathe turning brass down to the correct dimensions. They were making copper and brass projectiles too.

You may want to contact Ian from forgotten weapons about ammo. He seems to be connected at whole different level with the antique gun world.
You might be thinking of RCC brass based out of Texas. I’ve talked to them before and they were planning on it, but then hit a lot of trouble in production in recent years and covid didn’t help and pretty much sank them with lack of materials. They’re now not taking any orders for obscure/one-off cases. Also, it’s very difficult to to make this from existing brass due to the semi rimmed cartridge. There really aren’t any cartridges available to be able to cut out a semi rim without sacrificing the integrity of the brass

Ian also isn’t really a help. A friend of mine who’s currently trying to figure out modern loads for the T-Gew, and has some success so far, talked to him personally and he didn’t have anything else much to add in the search that we didn’t already know.
 
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Dang… way cool

in addition to some ammo, all you need is a British MkV tank to shoot at

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Is it just me, or does the primer look off center in one of your ammo pics?
 
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It wasn't RCC, or maybe it was RCC before he officially started the business. It was the early 2000s and some gun forum from then.

You could try having a discussion over at castboolits.gunloads.com. There are a lot of machinist and smart people over there that create cartridges for obsolete rifles.
 
It wasn't RCC, or maybe it was RCC before he officially started the business. It was the early 2000s and some gun forum from then.

You could try having a discussion over at castboolits.gunloads.com. There are a lot of machinist and smart people over there that create cartridges for obsolete rifles.
Thanks for the reference. I’ll have to check it out
 
To quote one of the Ghetto dwellers where I used to patrol, when he saw my Model 29 in a shoulder rig, "Dammmmmn. That shit shoots through schools!"
 
Holy mackerel!! That is astounding on so many levels

How did such a weapon remain unmolested/changed for 106 years!!

Beautiful
 
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