balloon corps


Mauser Flieger Karabiner 15 - airman carbine

Also adopted by the balloon corps as the Mauser Selbstlader Karabiner M1916 - self loading carbine. Designed in the German Empire between 1910 and 1913 by Paul Mauser following his life-long eye-gouging work on semi-automatic rifles. Manufactured in Oberndorf, serial number 492.
7,92x57mm Mauser, 20-rounds removable box magazine, delayed blowback semi-automatic.

An interesting design, found lacking by ground troops but adopted after its designer’s death as a sky gun of sort. The inside of its foregrip where it lined the barrel was covered in asbestos to avoid the gun catching on fire with prolongated fire.

Sauce : Forgotten Weapons