Manufactured by Mauser in the late 19th century, the Gewehr.88 was an answer to the Mle 1886 Lebel rifle adopted beyond the Rhine river. It loaded a five-rounds single-column Mannlicher en-bloc clip of 7.9x57mm M/88 cartridges.
In 1905, many would be modified to use stripper clips of the new S-Patrone spitzer bullets - again matching the earlier French innovation - to supplement the stocks of Gewehr 98.
The Gewehr 88 and The “Jewish Musket” — A racist conspiracy in German arms making.
In 1886 the French adopted the Lebel rifle, which was a bolt action repeating rifle which fired a high velocity smokeless powder cartridge. The Germans, France’s great rival during the later half of the 19th century, decided they needed to catch up in arms technology. In response the German Army’s Rifle Testing Commission developed the Gewehr Model 1888 Commission Rifle, a bolt action repeater which also used a high velocity smokeless powder cartridge.
In the rush to develop and issue the new rifles to the German Army, some of the first production Commission Rifles had some flaws, particularly in its ammunition. The German press, who were quick to blame all of Germany’s problems on the Jews, reported that the problems were the result of a conspiracy between Jewish owned munitions factories. In particular was the Ludwig Loewe company, which produced the rifles, and the manufacturer of the smokeless powder. The press derisively called the Gew 88 the “Judenflinte” or Jewish musket. This myth continued despite the fact that ¾ of all Gew 88’s were produced by non-Jewish owned factories.
Eventually the problems of the Gewehr 88 would be worked out, making it a reliable and accurate service arm. It served the Germany Army until 1915.
I’m just going to impart what I know of the matter from the top of my head to my followers, so that hopefully they no longer wonder what’s the difference. If you have a firearm that can shoot multiple times without the need to reload it, then chances are it has either a magazine or a cylinder, or it’s a fucked up monstrosity whose mother can’t possibly love.