Specifications for the
Infantry Model 1889 (Belgian Mauser)
Bolt-Action Service Rifle
Country of Origin: Belgium
Manufacturer: Fabrique National / State Arsenals - Belgium
Initial Year of Service: 1889
Overall Length: 1295mm (50.98in)
Barrel Length: 780.00mm (30.71in)
Weight (Empty): 8.82lbs (4.00kg)
Caliber: 7.65x53R Belgian Mauser
Action: Manually-actuated straight-pull bolt; repeating
Feed: 5-round integral box magazine
Muzzle Velocity: 2,000ft/sec (610m/sec)
Rate-of-Fire: 8 rounds per minute
Sights: Iron front and rear
Infantry Rifle Model 1889 - Base Service Rifle
Civil Guard Rifle Model 1889 - Turn-down bolt handle; revised bayonet mountings (for different bayonet).
Gendarmerie, Foot Artillery & Fortress Troops Carbine Model 1889 - Shortened/lightened carbine model for mounted specialist troops; turn-down bolt handle; standard infantry bayonet.
Garde Civique Rifle Model 1889 - Turn-down bolt handle; issued to bicycle Civic Guard units.
Cavalry Carbine Model 1889 - Lightened short carbine model for mounted troops; sans bayonet mountings.
Mounted Gendarmerie Carbine Model 1899 - Based on Cavalry Carbine Model 1889 for mounted police; bayonet mountings; revised stock.
Infantry Model 1936 - Modernized Model 1889 rifles; limited production.