Mauser 1936

The MOD. 36, sometimes called 89/36 is the attempt of modernizing the original mod.1889 Belgian Mauser to obtain the same characteristics as the MOD. 35 (insufficient production in the days preceding the war or economies?). Only the breech, the trigger guard with protruding magazine and the front part of the bolt (and its short extractor turning with it) are remaining from the original M-1889. New barrel, sights, hand-shield, recoil spacer , barrel bands, bayonet stud, front sight with ears are those of the MOD. 35. The back part of the bolt is also modified with the result that, contrary to the MOD. 89, the cocking takes place at the time of opening.

All these modifications were carried out by the “Manufacture d'Armes de l'Etat" * in Liege and also... by Anc.  Etablissements Pieper in Herstal.

100.000 weapons "could have been renovated" in this way.

* The "Manufacture d’armes de l’état" is the successor of Fonderie de Canons de Liège (1803) and the ancestor of present Arsenal de Rocourt. On 8/3/1838, acquisition by the War Ministry of a 77 ares land , rue St-Léonard in Liege. The building will bear the name of “Manufacture d’armes de l’état".


Sources: AMI n°9 May, 1980 - Book memorial 1803-2003 "2 centuries of heritage of the Foundry of Guns of Liege" of Cdt Alain Descy

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