May 2, 1834|
Oberndorf am Neckar, Kingdom of Württemberg
|Died||January 13, 1882
Oberndorf am Neckar, German Empire
|Known for||designer of the Mauser rifle|
Together with his brother Paul Mauser (1838 - 1914) Wilhelm Mauser designed the Mauser Model 1871 rifle, the first of a successful line of Mauser rifles and pistols. The rifle was adopted as the Gewehr 71 or Infanterie-Gewehr 71 and was the first metal cartridge weapon of the German Empire. While Paul was the more technical of the two, Wilhelm handled this business side of the factory.