Anyone know what this is?
After my fathers funeral last week, my brother found the rilfle that my dad taught me to shoot with. It's been missing for several years, we had all thought it was lost in house fire over 20 years ago. Naturally, being the only gun nut in the family I've brought it home. I have no intentions of shooting it anymore, and not really concerned with a value due to the sentimental value it holds. I would like to know it's history, and maybe do a "family tree" like study on it. I've always heard it refered to as a "German 8mm Mauser". Its 49" long, I don't have a scale so not sure of its weight. It has a flip-up type rear sight with what appears to be cyrillic markings for distance. On the receiver, stamped over the chamber is an "s" over a crown, over the word "ERFURT" over the date 1890, which I believe is the guns "born on" date. To the left of that is "2144" over "t" stamped twice. To the right of the crown three backwards looking 3 and 0 stamped vertically. On the bolt carrier assemblies left side appears to be the serial number, the serial number appears to have been stamped in old english script as "Gexx.88.". On top of the bolt carriers charging handle is A33 over L3 and on the bottom of the handle is 7G. On the bottom of the safety switch is what appears to be a quarter moon and a teepee or upside down "v" and the number 3 backwards. On the most forward part of the trigger assembly, where it screws into the stocks wood is the number "6249". Can anyone tell me anything about this rifle?