Württemberg issue Turkish contract M1887 Mauser Infantry Rifle with Original WWI issue leather sling
The last shipment of M1887 Mausers to Turkey ended at 220,000 after which production continued with the introduction of the M1890 Infantry Rifle. According to Carter, an overrun over 25,000 rifles were in WIP when the Turks exercised the option in the contract and adopted the M1890. There are no Turkish markings what-so-ever on the overrun weapons with everything marked in German, including Mauser's typical "WAFFENFABRIK MAUSER" over "OBERNDORF a/NECKAR" on the siderail. The completed rifles were placed in storage in Württemberg and according to Anthony Carter, were issued to Landwehr units when full mobilization was ordered in 1914.