Spanish Military 1916 cal. 7,62x51.

On 14 November 1916 Spain decided to adopt a new rifle to replace the M1895 carbine, and, having from some time a license to produce the German M1893 in its Fábrica de Armas de Oviedo, it was easy to start to produce a 21.75-inch (552 mm) barrel rifles based on that design.

The M1916 was manufactured by Oviedo arsenal from 1916 to 1951.

The rifle in our sales listing has a good brite bore with sharp rifling and a good stock and handguard with correct sling swivels.

 The main features of the M1916 were:

- a bent bolt handle;

- left rear of the receiver cutted to permit stripper clip loading;

- gas escape holes added to the bolt and to the receiver to vent excess gas in the event of a case failure;

- a full-length wood stock with a straight grip;

- a lug for an M1913 sword bayonet;

- a large sight protecttion added to the front sight;

- side sling swivels;

a tangent V-notch rear sight graduated from 300 meters to 2,000 m., as usual for the Spanish Civil Guard rifles;

stamped "Cal 7.62" on the receiver, close to the gas escape hole drilled through receiver;

- a 44 cm long cleaning rod.

While in 1943 many of the M1916 rifles were converted to fire the 8 mm Mauser cartridge, in the 1950s, many of the M1916 rifles were converted to accept the 7,62 CETME ammunition adopted in 1957, a less powerful but dimensionally identical to 7.62 NATO. 

Our rifle was imported in Italy and tested at Gardone Val Trompia Proof House in 2002 (BS mark)

Historical references


Service rifle adopted by the Spanish Army and converted in 7.62 mm for the Civil Guard.


Very interesting collectibles weapon, with roots dating back to 1893 and a history of service rendered to its Nation until almost the end of the twentieth century.

Data sheet


Spanish military surplus derived from the German M.1893, and converted in 7.62 caliber in the late 1950s.


7.62x51 mm (308 win)

Overall lenght:

1040 mm / 41.34"

Barrel lenght

552 mm / 21.75"

Magazine capaciity:

5 rounds

Condition of the product


Collectible - Good conditions

Product authenticity


Not matching number.


Terms of gun sale by correspondence:

Pursuant to art. 17 of the L. n. 110/1975 the order by correspondence or by distance contract of weapons is allowed to the residents in the Italian State only if the purchaser provides for the withdrawal of the firearm at a license holder for the trade in guns (armory).

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Spanish Mauser Model 1916 Short Rifle.

  • 380.00€

Tags: collectible, long weapons, mauser