m/1896 Swedish Mauser in Australia. Details of failure unknown to me.
Those of you with metallurgical experience are most welcome to comment... though I know its hard to make a definitive statement based on such limited information.
As with the 1893 Mauser photos I post these photos to illuminate the reality that seemingly strong and sound rifles suffer catastrophic failures and sometimes people are killed as a result. What exactly caused this incident, had it killed the shooter, would be immaterial to his widow and children. Dead is dead.
pietro - resist the urge to hijack a thread that I start so you can make some idiotic statement.
What you did was rude and I don't like rude.
Contributor to [only] two books on Mauser rifles:
"Crown Jewels: The Mauser in Sweden" by Jones
"Mauser Military Rifles of the World" 4th edition by Robt. Ball