Collectible Foreign Longarms
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SMOF6894 - (LL) BRITISH NO 4 MK I* ENFIELD RIFLE MADE BY SAVAGE “U.S. PROPERTY” .303 BRITISH CALIBER
Serial number 58C2772 - A fine example of the main British battle rifle of WW2, with the added distinction of being one of the over one million rifles made by Savage in the United States. These were made under U.S. contracts, paid for by the U.S. taxpayers, and officially marked with the ordnance bomb and U.S. PROPERTY; but were never intended for issue to U.S. troops. These were strictly purchased for transfer to England under the “Lend Lease” program developed to allow the U.S. to supply our allies at a time when they lacked funds to purchase all the war material they needed to fight the axis hordes. Once in British control, these rifles were issued and used just as any other rifles on hand were regardless of where they were made or what taxpayer may have paid for them.
This rifle is in overall used but very good condition. The finish would rate at about 95%. The bolt, and magazine numbers are matched but the stock is not. The bore is in shiny. This rifle does not have any atrocious import marks. We estimate that this rifle likely returned to the United States (to a gracious tax payer willing to pay for it twice) sometime in the late 1950`s. This rifle is a good example of foreign pattern rifle made domestically in the United States. $595.00 (View Picture)
**SOLD** SMOF6895 - POLISH MILITARY ISSUE WZ29 RIFLE MADE BY F. B. RADOM SERIAL NUMBER 356912 CALIBER 8 MM MAUSER
Poland became a nation in 1919 at the end of World War I. Its language had been in existence but it was part of Imperial Russia. The Communists took over Russian in October 1917 and signed a separate peace treaty with Germany. When Germany lost in November 1918 the Poles saw their chance and created their nation. The Russians attempted to return Poland to their country and invaded in 1921, but the lost at the Battle of Warsaw.
Given two unfriendly neighbors, Russia and Germany the Pole maintained a large military. They initially used captured German G98s and Kar98a, but developed their own arms industry at the city of Radom. The model WZ rifle closely modeled on the German Kar98 became their standard infantry rifle.
When German overran Poland in September 1939 they acquired hundreds of thousands of these rifles and issued them to their own troops.
This is one of those rifles. It was made at the Radom arsenal in 1939 and would have seen service the Polish and then the German military. The overall condition is very good with some bluing wear on the high edges and the bolt. The numbers on the bolt, receiver stock and buttplate match. The bore is bright and the wood has no cracks. The Polish WZ rifles are a must for any collector interested in World War II military rifles. $950.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6904 - RARE REMINGTON MODEL 1891 IN 7.62X54R SERIAL NUMBER 713714
The Mosin Nagant rifle has a unique history among battle rifles from the early 20th century. It was adopted by the Russian Imperial government in 1891, updated by the Communist government in 1930, and distributed to satellite nations for usage in proxy warfare up until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Few rifles can claim as colorful a history as the Mosin Nagant.
Facing crippling small arms shortages during the First World War, the Tsarist government of Russia placed an order for 1.5 million M91 Mosin Nagant rifles from American arms company Remington. Before the deposition of Nicholas II in the February Revolution of 1917, Remington had produced over 800,000 units, of which, only about an eighth were received (and most importantly paid for) by the Russian government. As a result of the February Revolution, the Russian government defaulted on the contract with Remington, leaving Remington on the verge of bankruptcy. The American government agreed to purchase 600,000 rifles from Remington for the lofty sum of $30 per rifle. These rifles were supplied to American second line soldiers during the First World War. After the Treaty of Versailles, the United States sold off much of the remaining stock in the civilian market for a bargain: $3 per rifle. Of the rifles kept in American arsenals, some were used by the AEF while aiding the White Army in Russia, some were sent to arm the Czech Legion, and some were used during the Spanish Civil War.
It is estimated that 37 million Mosin Nagant rifles produced worldwide. Only about 800,000 were manufactured by Remington, making Remington the most highly sought after producer of Mosin Nagant rifles by collectors. Additionally, many examples sold through the DCM during the inter war period were sporterized or converted to fire the more prevalent .30-06 cartridge.
For those interested in the more esoteric history of a rifle it is possible that this rifle saw use during the Spanish Civil War. It is noted among Mosin Nagant enthusiasts that the wire sling swivels seen on this rifle are frequently seen on rifles from that conflict. This rifle also does not show features of a Finnish capture, which would exclude it from having participated in that conflict. We will let the buyer determine the veracity of this possibility.
This rifle is a fine example of a rare American made Mosin Nagant with a possible interesting history. As is typical for the Mosin Nagant, this rifle is mismatched with parts from different makers. This rifle has not been import marked and the barrel has not been counter bored. The bore I dark and may or may not clean up. The finish would rate at about 90 – 95%. $650.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6865 - – HPH184 - BRITISH LEE ENFIELD .22 TRAINING RIFLE “.22 RF PATTERN 1914 SHORT RIFLE NO. 2” - FROM THE HART COLLECTION
Serial number G12364, with a .22 caliber barrel made by BSA, not a sleeved barrel. THE butt socket is marked with a broad arrow over an illegible date (1934 or 1954 maybe?) over .22 No. 2. There are several .22 caliber trainers cobbled together beginning around 1914 using various SMLE rifles either made as SMLE or converted from longer versions. Generally these involved sleeving the barrel to make it .22 caliber and altering the bolt parts to strike a .22 rimfire, and removal of the magazine guts so it was nothing more than a place for spent .22 cases to accumulate. Beginning in 1921 the “.22 Short Rifle Mark IV” was adopted, being similar to the earlier conversions, but using a purpose made .22 caliber barrel instead of a sleeved barrel and omitting any magazine. The Rifle No. 2 Mk IV* was the same but with the empty magazine body as a shell catcher . Conversions to the No. 2 Mark IV* continued into the 1950s.
Given that the receiver marks indicate this is the “.22 No. 2”, rather than the “Rifle No. 2 Mark IV*”, we are listing it under that designation, although except for the markings, it conforms to the latter specifications. Skennerton page 489 (and preceding pages) covers these in detail, and you can get as confused or informed as we seem to be.
Overall, this is a very handsome rifle with most of the black paint arsenal refinish remaining, the FTR markings being applied after the finish. Excellent bore. The bolt number is not matching. Buttstock is a little wiggly, but if you disassemble the rifle (INCLUDING removing the forend assembly first!) you can tighten the butt stock bolt with a very long screwdriver, or shim the wood of the butt where it fits in the butt socket to tighten it up. Of course, resting on your gun room wall you don’t really need to mess with this at all. A very nice example of one of many Lee Enfield .22 trainers, a collecting specialty all by itself.
PROVENANCE NOTE- This is item number 184 from the Howard P. Hart and Jean H. Hart Collection of Historical Arms. Mr. Hart was a career Central Intelligence Agency Officer as well as an avid arms collector. A large part of their collection was donated to the Virginia War Memorial Museum in Richmond, VA, and many other items donated to the National WW2 Museum in New Orleans, LA. This item has the Hart Collection inventory tag attached, and comes with a certificate of provenance and a copy of Howard’s fascinating autobiography, signed by Jean Hart. The association of this item with Mr. Howard Hart, and this outstanding collection adds to its desirability for your collection and for future owners and helps preserve the legacy of Mr. Hart.) Read more about the biography of this remarkable American patriot on the Hart Collection Biography page- http://oldguns.net/Hart_Collection_Bio.html $525.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5307 - 18395 - CZECH MADE COLD WAR ERA K98K 8MM MAUSER (7.92 X 57MM) MILITARY RIFLE -
Serial number 1701K matching on receiver and bolt, with no other parts numbered. Left side rail stamped "Ceskoslovenská Zbrojovka, A.S., BRNO" indicating manufacture at the Brno (“Waffen Werke Brunn” to the Germans) plant which had made K98ks during German occupation with the DOT code and then code SWP in 1945. This factory was largely untouched at the end of the War, and the Czechs made a small number of rifles for rearming their forces and for export sales circa 1946-1950. These were essentially the standard late war K98k “kreigsmodell” design with the stamped buttplate and bands and the laminated stocks, and no guide rib on the bolt body. As the Brno factory had largely gotten their trigger guard assemblies from German suppliers, they tooled up for a simple and cheap stamped trigger guard (similar to the U.S. M1903A3) with a large guard bow allowing use with gloves in cold weather. This has led to the collector term “arctic model” or “winter type” but they were never really sold as anything but a standard rifle. Some of these used salvaged German K98k parts, but others, like this one, were entirely new made. These were very well made and finished arms, not crude wartime “last ditch” jobs. Some had foreign crests, others no crests, but some had the Czech rampant lion crest, which was removed before being sold to foreign buyers (either military or surplus). Israel bought a lot of these (mainly the refurbished/salvaged German type) in 1947, but most of those were well used and later converted to 7.62mm. This one had the crest removed, but is otherwise in excellent condition with about 95%+ original blue remaining. Bore is superb, mirror bright and sharp. Bubba put a couple of coats of varnish on the stock, and added two screws to hold the end of his sling in place, but the holes will be hidden by t correct sling (or easily filled) and removing the varnish is a simple task with some paint stripper after you disassemble the rifle. Missing the cleaning rod.
This is significant as one of the last of the Model 98 Mauser rifles made for military use. See http://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=1735 for a lot more detailed info on this scarce K98k variant. Absolutely the best condition example of these we have ever seen. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $695.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5310 - 18435 - VERY UNUSUAL- CRUDE KHYBER PASS COPY OF BRITISH ENFIELD NO. 5 MARK I “JUNGLE CARBINE” -
From a few feet away this looks like a standard British No. 5 Mark 1 .303 “Jungle Carbine.” However, closer inspection show that it is a crude hand made copy turned out in the “Khyber Pass” region of Pakistan/Afghanistan. These talented craftsmen make copies of an amazing variety of guns using whatever materials they can find, almost entirely by hand. The quality ranges from very good to laughably poor in appearance, but the quality of the materials and heat treatment (if any) and the tolerances make them all UNSAFE TO FIRE UNDER ANY CONDITIONS. While the locals do sometimes fire these things, they do so with reloaded ammunition, the bullets sometimes recovered from rifle ranges with the rifling marks filed off, and powder of varying quality. Most of these people are illiterate, so the markings (if any) are very creative in spelling, punctuation, and inexplicably mix stuff so you might find Broowneng Patant, and the crown/V.R. from the reign of Queen Victoria on a gun that is a mongrel mix of broomhandle Mauser and Astra features. Today their specialty is making copies of pre-1898 British arms for sale to American troops who can bring home “antique” guns but not modern guns. [See our main page for more on those…]
This “Jungle Carbine” is one of a handful that Century Arms found among the stuff they imported in the 1980s, and was sold via Springfield Sporters in Pennsylvania. They had the wisdom to cut off the firing pin and weld the firing pin hole shut so that no one can fire it. The bolt they used was made by Savage (square S on the back of the handle and old number removed). Or, perhaps the makers used this one, as it has been extensively filed so that it will fit the receiver and then refinished. The receiver shows all sorts of crude details, but is a faithful copy of the real Jungle Carbine. Similarly, the other parts show many crude features, and probably not a single part would interchange with a real Lee Enfield. The barrel and receiver have a nicely polished and blued finish of unknown age. The barrel may have been salvaged from a “real” Enfield, or at least the rifling looks well done (albeit rusty and rough) or they may have just gotten good at rifling barrels after many decades of practice. The stock is not too badly done, but the butt swivel is a non-regulation feature, and the recoil pad was probably cut from someone’s truck tire (with or without their knowledge!).
This is the perfect addition to an “Enfield” collection that has everything else. NOT SAFE TO FIRE, but we still need to transfer it to a FFL. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $625.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5281 - 18289 - SPANISH MODEL 1943 8MM MAUSER SHORT RIFLE MADE BY LACORUNA IN 1953 -
Serial number Y8193 with matching numbers (although the bolt has 2H-8193 instead of Y2193). After receiving many weapons from German during the Spanish Civil War, they finally decided in 1943 to adopt the 8 x 57mm Mauser caliber as standard for their service rifles, replacing the well used 7 x 57mm Mausers dating back to the 1890s. This is essentially the familiar Kar98k style rifle with a bit different handguard arrangement, and dual sling swivels on the lower band. The bayonet lug has an adapter in place which was provided so that older style bayonets could be used (just as the Argentines did with their M1909 rifles). This one is a good representative example, with about 90-95% old blue thinning in places and a few areas turning plum from normal use. There is some heavy rust and “blood pitting” on the bolt release, but otherwise nothing remarkable. Bore is fair to good, worn and dirty. The stock is solid but with assorted dings and scars from service use. Unlike the junky Turkish rifles (which I would not shoot if you paid me!) these Spanish rifles were well made of quality materials and although not real pretty are solid old guns. Of course, we sell all guns as collector items only and they must be approved by a competent gunsmith prior to firing. This example is not import marked, so likely one of those which came in prior to 1968. Check our edged weapons page for bayonets for this one. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $425.00 (View Picture)
SMOF3899 - JAPANESE RIFLE TYPE 99 7.7MM (SERIES 10- "LAST DITCH") SERIAL NUMBER 59423
Made at Toriimatsu factory of Nagoya Arsenal. "Last Ditch" type made late in the war, with wood buttplate, fixed rear sight, no ears on the front sight. loose forend piece restrained by the bands. "Mum" is mostly visible, but defaced by chisel marks. Overall about 90+% of the very rough finish blue remains. Wooden buttplate shows wear on the top and bottom, and there is a chip out of the pistol grip on the right side, the latter probably done at time of manufacture. Missing the crude butt swivel which was held by a single screw. $249.00 (View Picture)
SMOF4377 - 9389 - JAPANESE 6. 5MM TYPE 38 CARBINE MADE BY KOISHIKAWA.
Serial number 136182. About 90% original blue finish showing just normal wear. Trigger, bolt stop spring and rear sight spring all retain some or most of straw color. Stock assembly has old thick layer of varnish that has picked up some dirt and crud and could stand a gentle cleaning. Excellent bore. Numbers on bolt and upper band are mismatched to either the serial number of the assembly number on the bottom of the receiver. Mum has been ground, but patina now blends in with the finish. Cleaning rod missing. Very handsome example of these somewhat scarce Japanese arms. This one was reportedly a WW2 vet bring-back, but no further information was available. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $395.00 (View Picture)
SMOF4627 - 14294 BRITISH ''DRILL PURPOSE'' PATTERN 1914 .303 CALIBER RIFLE BY REMINGTON
Serial number 359704 with matching number on bolt. Other parts appear to be typical mix of makers including the ''fat boy” Eddystone stock. Drill purpose rifles were made from obsolete patterns to provide non-lethal arms to be used by recruits or cadets learning the manual of arms, close order drill, punishment marching, etc where a current service rifle was not needed, but something with the approximate weight and feel was desired. This would be an interesting collecting niche, with the goal of including the many different ''Drill Purpose” arms from the British, the US Navy Mark I Training rifle made by Parris Dunn and the Mark V dummy drill rifle, , the M16 ''Rubber Duck” and the CMP M1903 and M1 drill rifles. The Pattern 1914 DP rifles were converted by drilling a hole laterally through the chamber (and adjacent stock and handguard) and welding a steel rod in place, painting a red and white stripe around the action area, and stamping DP on just about every part. These rifles had seen hard use prior to conversion and usually show numerous stock repairs, as well as dings and bruises acquired throughout their career aggravated by clumsy handling by awkward recruits intimidated by screaming sergeants. A number of these came into the US in the 1980s or 90s, and sold for ridiculously low prices at the time, with most of them snatched up and stripped down for their actions to make sporters. This has left surviving examples rather scarce. A great addition for a British collection, or for the P1914/M1917 addict, or someone interested in ''drill rifles”. Overall condition is VG. The wood continues to weep a bit of the heavy grease they were packed in for storage, although we cleaned all we could. Small split on let side above trigger that could be repaired or tripped to avoid splinters. Even though incapable of firing with the drilled and plugged chamber, this still is considered a ''firearm” and must go to a FFL or C&R FFL. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $350.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6748 - SEMI-AUTO CLONE OF RUSSIAN 7.62X39MM RPK SQUAD AUTOMATIC WEAPON (ROMANIAN M72B1 TYPE) WITH EXTRAS!
Serial number B-18768 on a NoDakSpud stamped receiver (NDS-5), sold by D.C. Industries, St. Paul, MN made with a Zastava made Roumanian M72A1 parts kit which seems to be all matching (except for those parts replaced by U.S. made parts for “922 compliance.”) EXTRAS INCLUDED with this rifle are: a 75 round drum magazine, plus FIVE 30 round standard AK mags with carrying pouch and cleaning gear, plus Russsian made 8x42 scope and mount, plus bipod, plus sling.
The RPK differs from a standard AK-47 in that it was intended to provide sustained automatic fire as a squad automatic weapon, but remaining as close as possible to the AK in terms of function, shared parts and shared magazines. The main difference is the longer (23 inch instead of 16”) much heavier barrel, with the Romanian versions having cooling fins in the gas port area, a thicker handguard to provide more protection for the hands from barrel heat, and a folding metal bipod to support the muzzle for better accuracy. Some of the RPKs use a club foot style butt to facilitate use of the left hand to support the butt when firing with the bipod. The RPK mainly used the 75 round drum magazine, or special 40 round stick magazines, but can also be fed from standard 30 round AK magazines. Although the Romanians did not use scope on their RPKs, some of the Russian guns did, and this has the standard Commie scope mount on the left side of the receiver, and there is a nice Russian 8x42 scope installed. We think it is a POSP model with 1,000 yard/meter reticule, but frankly don’t know much about this commie assault rifle stuff, so we only guarantee that the scope in the photos is the one that comes with the gun. NoDak Spud receivers are considered to be one of the best AK receivers available, and the former owner reported that this was a good shooter.
For a collector looking for a semi-auto version of the heavy barrel RPK rifles used in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is an excellent choice, especially with all the extra goodies. Gently used with about 90-95% finish remaining. $1295.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6830 - 19641 - JAPANESE TYPE 99 7.7MM ARISAKA RIFLE MADE BY KOKURA (SERIES 22) WITH MATCHING DUST COVER - NICE!
Serial number 39268. Early WW2 production with the folding anti-aircraft sight wings on the rear sight. Originally this had a wire monopod which was often removed during period of service. Complete with the usually missing bolt cover (matching number!) and cleaning rod. Mum has been removed by grinding, as was nearly always done. Matching numbers. Dirty bore that should clean to fine. Action and barrel parts retain about 95% original blue finish, showing only normal wear on sharp edges. Some light surface rust freckles on the dust cover and a bit heavier on the buttplate, but both should clean off okay. Stock has not been sanded, and has a pleasing light orange-brown color with mellow glossy patina and only a few minor dings and bruises common to an issued military rifle. A well above average example of the most common Japanese service rifle of WW2, hard to find with the cleaning rod and especially the matching dust cover. $495.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6764 - WWII JAPANESE TYPE 99 SNIPER RIFLE WITH SCOPE, CALIBER 7.7X58 ( JAPANESE RIMLESS ) SERIAL NUMBER 5748
Japan entered the industrial age with single minded determination to create an industrial base equivalent to the one that had allowed Europe to force their country to open its people to trade. The Japanese quickly created a firearms industry, unlike the Chinese, who continued to buy most of their small arms in Europe. By 1905 the Japanese Army had developed the strongest bolt actions rifle in the world when they adopted the Type 38 in 6.5 mm. In 1939 Japan decided to increase the caliber of their rifles to 7.7 mm, and introduced the Type 99 rifle which used the basic action of the Type 38, and was the first military rifle to have a chrome lined barrel.
P.O. Ackley, the noted gunsmith, compared the Japanese military bolt action rifles of World War II to those of Germany, England and the U.S. to determine which ones could withstand the highest pressure loads. The Japanese bolt actions were still shooting when all the other actions including the Mausers had blown up.
The Imperial Japanese army had used their 6.5 mm Type 38 rifles in China. Units going to Pacific islands were generally armed with the 7.7 mm Type 99 rifle. The Type 99 rifle was the one most of our GI's encountered in the actions that rolled back the Japanese Empire from Guadalcanal to Okinawa.
The Japanese army already had the 6.5 mm Type 38 rifle in service for use as a sniper, but they also turned about 10,000 Type 99 rifles into snipers. The bolt handle was bent down and a mounting was attached to left side of the receiver to mount the scope. The serial number and arsenal markings were moved from the left receiver rail, to the receiver bridge, and the receivers appear to hand numbered. The Type 99 sniper rifle was the one most likely encountered by our troops who fought in the Pacific.
This rife was made at the Nagoya arsenal about half way through the production run. The Imperial chrysanthemum is mostly intact but it has been partially defaced by having the center portion of the “mum” ground down. The scope mounting base is present as is an authentic Japanese sniper scope. (The rubber eye piece of this scope is a reproduction). The stock has some cuts, cracks and repairs (see pictures). The serail numbers on this rifle are all matching.
The Type 99 sniper is the rarest of all of the World War II sniper rifles, and was the most commonly used in combat in the Pacific. Very few survived the war and they are rarely seen on the collector’s market. $3750.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6837 - 20774 - RARE PAKISTAN ORDNANCE FACTORY MADE NO. 4 MK 2 LEE ENFIELD .303 BRITISH CALIBER MADE IN
Serial number C09564 matching on bolt and receiver. Note that this was made in Pakistan, not India, and is the standard .303 caliber No. 4 Mk 2 with improved trigger mounting on the receiver instead of the trigger guard, not one of the Ishapore guns, or something created by overhaul. Only about 60,000 were made on the old ROF Fazakerly and ROF Shrley machinery moved tot he Pakistan Ordnance Factory, Wah Kantt, Punjab, Pakistan between 1957 and 1963. These are very seldom found on the collectors’ market and many Enfield collectors have never even heard of them. Those in the U.S. were apparently captured by India during the India-Pakistan war of 1965 and sold off with the surplus Enfield from India. For some historical background, the following from one of the forums, and largely based on noted expert Peter Laidler’s comments is even more detailed than the Skennerton books: http://parallaxscurioandrelicfirearmsforums.yuku.com/topic/40235#.WTMJk8a1tPY
QUOTE- “… below is information I have been able to accumulate regarding the No4 MkI's and Mk2's manufactured by the Pakistan Ordnance Factory.
"During their colonial rule, the British built sixteen ordnance factories in India, which at the time of the partition in 1947 all fell to Indian control." The first Prime Minister of Pakistan issued a directive to establish an ordnance factory to manufacture .303 rifles and ammunition. It is documented that Pakistan Ordnance Factory purchased machinery from BSA-Shirley and ROF-Fazakerley. BSA was a subcontractor for the Ministry of Supply and were not allowed to manufacture No4 MkI's once the contracts were completed. Since they were not able to manufacture any No4's, they sold the machinery to the newly formed Pakistan Ordnance Factory in 1950 or 1951 (I believe it to be closer to 1950, because in December of 1951, there was an opening ceremony of the first four POF workshops in Wah Cantonment). My assumption was that ROF-F sold the machinery to POF in the mid-50's to manufacture the Mk2's; however, according to Peter Laidler, "The Fazakerley rifle making machinery all belonged to the Ministry of Supply and went into storage at a big ex RAF semi- underground bomb storage dump near Aylesbury. It was the BSA rifle making machinery that was sold off to Pakistan under a private deal and some of the BSA staff went there to set it up". Peter goes on to state that "I actually saw many tons of ex Fazakerley No4 rifle plant and machinery in a dismal state of repair on a visit to the secure storage site...". He also states, "The machinery was all identified and clearly marked as ex ROF6/Fazakerley.". With this information, it looks like both MkI and Mk2 production came from the BSA machinery purchased in 1950 or 1951.
As stated on the other thread, the MkI production was from 1952 until 1957 and the Mk2 production was from 1957 until 1963. … To date, I have been provided information on 57 POF rifles (9 MkI's and 48 Mk2's). I know this is not many rifles, but the small sampling has given me the dates I mentioned above. One assumption I have been able to make based on info provided is that there were approx. 60,000 Mk2's manufactured instead of the approx. 20,000 documented. I still do not have enough info on the MkI's to make any assumptions about the total production, but it is documented that there were approx. 10,000 manufactured.
Here is some additional info I have accumulated from info rec'd to date:
1952 MkI rifles used an "A" prefix letter followed by 4 digits 1953-57 MkI rifles used a "B" prefix letter followed by 5 digits All Mk2 rifles used a "C" prefix letter followed by 5 digits” END QUOTE
This rifle is a good example of one of the Pakistan Ordnance Factory made No. 4 Mk 2 .303 rifles. It has Century import marks on left side of the receiver. Matching serial numbers on the receiver, bolt and forend. Other parts seem to be P marked although some have 59 or 60 dates. The lower band has the screw holes and adjacent notches in the wood reportedly for grenade launcher sights. It was likely an Indian captured gun as it has the screw in the forend ahead of the action commonly seen on Indian used guns, although some people believe that the Pakistanis used them also. Metal parts with about 90% dark blue-black finish with black paint topping. Fine to excellent bore. The wood looks like crap, but has the matching serial number and a couple of inspector marks on the forend, so either they did a really crappy job of finishing the stocks, or it was cleaned of cosmoline at some point with some sort of scraping tool. The wood would look a whole lot better if it was thoroughly degreased, and sanded and stained with an oil finish.
These are scarce guns and an interesting display theme would be “Enfields from around the world” with a large map showing locations of Wah Kantt, the Khyber Pass, Lithgow, Long Branch, Chicopee, Enfield, Birmingham, Fazakerly, Shirley, etc where they were made. A much more ambitious theme would cover “Enfields used around the world” showing rifles used by various countries, not just those which made their own.
This is from John’s collection to make room for other goodies. $695.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6784 - REMINGTON MODEL 1901 ROLLING BLOCK RIFLE- 7 X 57MM MAUSER CALIBER- PEDRO’S RIFLE!
Serial number (none). The key identifying feature is the name Pedro” fairly neatly scratched on the right side of the butt. These were popular throughout most of South America, so pinning down Pedro’s identity will be hard or impossible. So, you can make up whatever story you like about him being the dictator of Guatemala for a week before being thrown out by the next one, or maybe the guy who helped Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hide in Bolivia, or a Mexican revolutionary who stole from the rich to give to the poor (as opposed to the usual Mexican habit of stealing from the poor to make themselves rich). Overall a better than average example with the metal mostly a dull steel gray with few traces of finish, but not really any pitting. The stocks are solid, but show lots of dings and bruises from being tossed around, either when stolen from some previous owner or fleeing from the federales, or breaking open cases of tequila. Bore is optimistically described as fair possibly cleaning to almost good with strong rifling erupting from dark grooves in the 29 inch barrel, not the dismal lunar landscape found on most rolling blocks. The simple Remington rolling block system was first used in 1865, and for the next 50 years was one of the most widely used military rifle models in the world, ranging from U.S. military purchases at the end of the Civil War and later use by both the Army and the Navy, to the Egyptians (whose failure to pay bankrupted Remington), to most of South America, and the last major purchase was by the French in WW1. A very historic rifle, not to mention the exciting ownership by Pedro! The Model 1901 smokeless actions also very popular with shooters looking for a strong action and set up with an extractor to take rimless cartridges with the common 7x57 Mauser head diameter. $425.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6791 - MARTINI-ENFIELD .303 CALIBER ARTILLERY CARBINE MARK III FROM AFGHANISTAN
Right side of receiver marked with crown over V.R. over 1892 and small broad arrow over EED (sic). We are sure that these markings are at best restamped or possibly totally bogus work of the Khyber Pass artisans. At first glance (from a distance, like maybe 50 yards) this is a nice looking Artillery Carbine. But closer inspection will reveal that the heavily pitted metal parts have been vigorously scrubbed and refinished with a dark blue color. The receiver markings are obvious restamps, and some of the other markings are suspect, while some appear original. Due to the presence of the original type markings under the pitting and refinish we think this is actually an authentic Mark III artillery carbine. These were made from .577-450 Martini Henry Mark II rifles, to a pattern sealed in July 1899, so while the 1892 date on the receiver is plausible, the actual conversion with a new barrel and modified breech would have been done after 1899. There is a large E on the knox form of the barrel indicating Enfield style rifling (and the .303 caliber), but the E looks funky. Also on the knox form of the barrel and receiver ring are remnants of what appears to be the Afghan national crest (a mosque with a tower on each side of a domed central portion) which has been used since at least 1900. The butt and forend are probably Khyber Pass copies. Bore is dark and rough as the inside of Osama’s cave after a bomb strike. We sell all guns as collector items only, and they must be approved by a competent gunsmith prior to firing. If your gunsmith tells you this is safe, you need to find a different gunsmith. These were built for the very earliest .303 British ammunition, not modern cordite or smokeless loads. These old Afghan guns are very interesting and a collecting niche of their own, evidence of the wars for empires, and the clash of empires along the fringes of colonies. They also demonstrate the obsession with warfare that infects the region, against occupiers when present or strictly intramural skirmishing when left alone. The guns also demonstrate the Islamic doctrine of “Taqiyya” which permits lying to infidels, which seems to be the habit of the gun peddlers in the bazaars outside U.S. military bases there. An interesting piece of history, neat wall hanger, but strictly not a shooter. $350.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6792 - SPANISH MODEL 1916 MAUSER SHORT RIFLE, 7X57MM MAUSER CALIBER
Serial number K5176 made at the Spanish Fabric de Armas (Arsenal) Oviedo Arsenal in 1924. These were the next generation of Smapish military arms after the Model 1893 Mauser rifles used in the Spanish American War. Those had the typical long barrels popular for infantry rifles at the time, but by 1916 shorter arms were fashionable and Spain adopted the Model 1916 with a 22 inch barrel and improved sights but otherwise pretty much the same as the Model 1893, and many of the older rifles were converted to Model 1916 configuration.
This one was made as a Model 1916, not a conversion. It was arsenal refinished and overhauled when sold as surplus. Nice looking gun on the outside, but the quality of the original workmanship and materials at Spanish Arsenals is not as good as the fine rifles made by the German or Swedish makers. Collector interest in these is mainly from their use during the Spanish Civil War, as Spain remained neutral during WW1 and “non-belligerent” during WW2. $295.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6793 - SWEDISH MODEL 1867 ROLLING BLOCK RIFLE
Serial number 6955, made by Husqvarna in 1870 as indicated by the H below the date of manufacture on the right side of the receiver. Serial number 6955, matching on left side of the receiver, barrel and lower tang.
The Swedish contract for the Remington Rolling Block design included purchase of the first 10,000 rifle made by Remington in Ilion. Remington also provided 20,000 actions, and licensed the Swedes to make rifles in Sweden, selling them tooling and jigs for the purpose, along with American made production machinery. This tooling ended up as the basis for Carl Gustafs Stad Gevarsfaktori and Husqvarna arms making plants, which eventually turned out some 100,000 rolling block rifles and at least 4.000 carbines. In addition, Norway ended up making about 53,000 M1867 rifles at the Norwegian arsenal at Kongsberg, and buying 5,000 from Husqvarna in Sweden.
These are historically significant arms, from a period when Sweden and Norway were unified to some extent. They jointly adopted the Remington rolling block system in 1867. The Swedes had a bunch of muzzle loading rifles they intended to convert to breechloaders, so they chose a 12.17mm cartridge with the same bore diameter as the muzzle loaders, converting those using actions provided by Remington, or made in Sweden under license. Depending on the original model those became "gevär m/1860-68", "gevär m/1864-68" or "gevär m/1860-64-68."
The M1867 rifles remained in Swedish service until replaced by the Model 1894/1896 Mauser carbines and rifles. Originally made in 12.17x44mm rimfire (comparable to, but not identical with the .50-70 case), some of the M1867s were converted to 12.17x44mmR centerfire starting in 1874 (Model 1867-74). In 1884 the Norwegians adopted 10.15x61mmR Jarmann rifles, but the Swedes declined. In 1889 Sweden modernized some their rolling blocks using new barrels in 8x58mmR Danish Krag caliber.
(Not part of the Sweden-Norway union but strongly tied to them, Denmark also adopted a Model 1867 rolling block, but chambered for a 11.35mm rimfire cartridge, replacing these with the Danish 8mm Krag rifle in 1889, while Norway adopted a 6.5mm Krag in 1894. As you can see, the Scandinavian weapons history is a bit of a tangled story, but it would be an interesting and not too expensive collecting niche.)
Overall condition of this Swedish made Model 1867 rifle is about G-VG, with traces of case colors on the receiver, and thinning original blue on the barrel. The walnut stocks show assorted mostly minor dings and scars of an issued service arm and a small repaired crack on the left rear of the forend near the serial number on the barrel. Excellent bore. These rifles were made with a lug on the side of the barrel so that they could be issued with either the socket bayonet or a sword bayonet. However, this lug must have annoyed Bubba who neatly cut the barrel back about 2 inches and installed a new dovetailed front sight. This would be a good one to rebarrel to a better caliber (preferably one of the blackpowder calibers), or you could continue the mutilation and cut the stock back a bit so it looks more natural. ANTIQUE, no FFL needed. $495.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6714 - YUGOSLAVIAN SKS-STYLE M59/66 7.62 X 39MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE (EXCELLENT)
Serial number K413401. These were built at the famous Zastava State Arsenal for the Yugoslavian military. These are high quality rifles, not some of the cheap junk like some of the Chinese rifles. Hardwood stocks. The 11.5 inch blade type bayonet folds under the barrel. The M59 was the basic Yugo made version of the SKS rifle, and the Model 59/66 added a 22 mm diameter grenade launcher which appears visually like a flash suppressor or muzzle brake on the end of the barrel. The front sight has a fold-up "ladder" for use in grenade sighting. When the grenade sight is raised, the gas system is automatically blocked and the action must be manually cycled for safety as rifle grenades must be fired with a special grenade launching blank cartridges for safety, and this feature helps ensure that a ball round is not loaded from the magazine. The gas system is not automatically unblocked when the sight is folded, however, and must be manually opened to again allow semi-automatic operation. Barrels are not chrome-lined. Both the grenade launcher and grenade sight are NATO spec, which is a bit odd for a Commie bloc weapon, but they must have had their reasons.
This is excellent plus condition, probably unissued, with 98% or better original finish and only a few minor storage and handling dings or scrapes. The stocks are a bit darker or oil stained on these, or maybe just darker wood, than on our Collector Select grade rifles, and the serial number on the stock may be less distinct, or even "force matched" at an arsenal before being sold off as surplus. Still, an excellent representative examples of the SKS rifle which was widely used by Commie nations during the Cold War, as well as by the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Still covered with the original Yugo grease and needing a good cleaning. Bores should be as nice as the outside, but we have not cleaned them. Have several, all basically the same so we are using one photo for all of them, so serial number may differ from the one in the photos, but condition will be the same.
Please note that this rifle has been preserved in cosmoline for long term storage. The cosmoline should be completely removed before attempting to fire it. A little bit of cosmoline in the bore acts just like a glob of mud and will either split or ring the bore with one shot. A little bit of cosmoline in the action can gum up extraction, ejection, feeding and cocking, too. $495.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6702 - JAPANESE WWII TYPE 99 RIFLE WITH LONG BARREL (LONG RIFLE) KOKURA ARSENAL SERIAL NUMBER 21030 SERIES 20 CALIBER 7.7X58
Japan entered the industrial age with single minded determination to create an industrial base equivalent to the one that had allowed the European navies to force their country to open its people to trade. The Japanese quickly created a firearms industry unlike the Chinese who continued to buy their small arms in Europe. By 1905 the Japanese Army had developed the strongest bolt actions rifle in the world when they adopted the Type 38 in 6.5 mm. In 1939 the military decided to increase the caliber of their rifles to 7.7 mm, and introduced the Type 99 rifle. It used the basic action of the Type 38, and was the first military rifle to have a chrome lined barrel.
P.O. Ackley, the noted gunsmith, compared the Japanese military bolt action rifles of World War II to those of Germany, England and the U.S. to determine which ones could withstand the highest pressure loads. The Japanese bolt actions were still shooting when all the other actions including the Mausers had blown up.
The Imperial Japanese army had used their 6.5 mm Type 38 rifles in China. The units going to the Pacific island were generally armed with the Type 99 rifle. The Type 99 rifle was the one that most of our GI's encountered in the actions that rolled back the Japanese Empire from Guadalcanal to Okinawa.
The initial production of the Type 99 rifle, which began in 1939 features the 31 inch barrel seen on the Type 38 rifle. The Japanese military recognized that other nations such as Germany and the U.S. had adopted a 24 inch barrel for their service rifle. They then changed the barrel length and about 99% of all Type 99’s have the shorter barrel.
This rifle is one of the early production rifles from the Kokura Arsenal with the 31 inch barrel. It was brought back by a retuning serviceman after the end of the war because the Imperial marking (the chrysanthemum) has been ground off the top of the receiver ring
The original blued finish would rate about 95%. The chrome lined barrel is bright with no signs of wear. There is a noticeable ding in the left side of the stock. $1100.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6574 - 23311 - RARE ARGENTINE MODEL 1891 ENGINEER CARBINE WITH RARE BAYONET! -
Serial number C1378 made in 1899 by Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken as a standard cavalry carbine in 7.65 x 53mm [Argentine] Mauser caliber. Matching numbers on major parts except stock, which is C1582. Only about 31,000 Argentine M1891 cavalry carbines were made, making them uncommon to start with.
However, in 1931 it was decided that Engineer troops needed carbines with bayonets. This was during the world-wide great depression, and the Argentine military was chronically strapped for cash, so they decided to adapt old arms in their inventory to meet this need. They had a number of obsolete brass handled sword bayonets left over from the obsolete Model 1879 Remington rolling block rifles, and a good supply of the M1891 cavalry carbines. The contract for the conversion went to an automobile company (HAFDASA) which was run by a guy named Ballester-Molina. He decided he liked working with guns, and later started making copies of the Colt M1911 .45 automatic for the Argentine military. The carbine conversion involved adding a sling swivel on the left side of the butt, and a swivel on the left side of the rear bayonet lug band. (The upper swivel screws into the protruding portion of the screw holding the band, with only a few threads engaged, and most were quickly lost, but it is present on this one.) Only 5,043 of the Engineer conversions were done, and relatively few have appeared on the surplus market in the U.S., and even fewer of the altered bayonets. The modified 1879 bayonets sometimes bear the maker markings (the knights head trademark of W.S. Kirschbaum of Solinigen, Germany), but many (like this one had the markings removed when they were altered. The blades were shortened to 10 inches and new metal scabbards provided. HAFDASA marked the blade with the serial number of the gun they were fitted to, as they are not completely interchangeable between guns.
This bayonet is number A5356 with no numbers on the scabbard. It does not latch in place, reflecting some handfitting needed. The half moon shape “ring” on the bayonet is a unique design used only on this carbine, so many were snapped up by bayonet collectors making it hard for gun collectors to get both a carbine and bayonet.
This carbine has crisp and sharp original markings, including the Argentine crest on the receiver ring. It does look like it was arsenal blued (but thankfully not polished) prior to export to the U.S. with about 98% remaining. The bore is bright and sharp, about excellent. The wood is unsanded, with a dull oil finish and numerous assorted minor dings and scratches of an issued arm, but nothing major. Tiny import marks on the right rear of the receiver. The carbine is scarce, and the bayonets are downright rare, so here is a chance to get both at the same time. A vital piece missing from most Argentine military rifle collections. This came from John’s collection after he found a slightly nicer one after several years of searching. $895.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6547 - 22990 - CZECH VZ-24 SNIPER RIFLE WITH MOUNT
- 8mm Mauser CALIBER - Serial number D5500 made by CZ in Brno, Czechoslovakia (Ceskolovenska Zbrojovka, A.S., Brno). These were well made from high quality materials, and sold to dozens of nations around the world in the 1920s and 1930s, basically the same as a K98k Mauser with some differences in the stock and stock fittings. Many were captured and pressed into service by the Germans during WW2. This particular style of sniper rifle with two dovetail bases, the forward one cut on an angle, are peculiar to the Romanians, but beyond that information is hard to find, and often contradictory. The Romanian contract rifles usually have a “R” in the serial number, but this only has “D5500.” A number of the rifles with the oddball bases appeared on the surplus market about 10-15 years ago, but almost none of the scope mounts to fit them. The bases on this rifle are originals, although Numrich at one time offered repros. Someone made a small run of repro mounts (and we are pretty sure that is what is on this rifle, but they are impossible to find loose now. Note that the mount has windage adjustment by the two opposing screws on the side at the rear, so the scope only actually needs to be adjustable for elevation, although the mount adjustment may be more for boresighting than for field use.
Many of the rifles which have real or repro mounts have Russian style PE or PEM scopes in them, but these require some shims as the mounts are made for a scope with a 30mm body diameter (about 1.18”). Reportedly, some sort of IOR scope was what was originally on these, which I believe is closer to a German style scope. This one has a cheap American scope just to make it look more like it should, and had to be shimmed to fit in the rings.
Like most of these rifles, the finish is mostly gone, stocks are pretty well used and abused, and there are mismatched numbers. The sniper version has the cutout on the side of the stock at the bottom of the bolt knob, like on the K98k, but not always. This one has a Waffenamt inspected K98k bolt assembly, as did one of the very few other VZ-24s I could find any details on, and like it, this has the bolt number force matched to the rifle serial number. Bore has strong rifling, but is dark in the grooves.
This is a pretty uncommon sniper rifle admittedly with a repro mount and a junker scope, on a rifle that is in typical condition for one of these. But, finding a nicer one or one with an original mount may be a very long and expensive quest, so don’t pass this one up. $795.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6542 - 21028 - K98K 8MM MAUSER RIFLE- DOT 1945 -
Serial number 1225H made by Waffenwerke Brunn, Czechoslovakia, also written as Brno in 1945. This is a rifle which was made under German occupation, but never completely assembled before the end of the war. The Czechs later completed these with additional parts, especially the large bow stamped trigger guard, for sales to whoever would buy them. Many ended up being used in the Israeli war for independence in 1947, and some of those were later converted by the Israelis to 7.62mm.
This example had the original stock totally butchered so we dropped it into another stock, which looks okay, but is actually about 2 inches shorter than the normal K98k stock. It would be easy to take a K98k handguard and modify it to fit since there is no handguard installed right now. Or, you could put it in a standard length K98k stock if you have one lying around. Bore should clean to excellent. Barreled action has a black paint finish probably over a phosphate finish, but looks cool as is. A good solid gun, albeit mismatched, and a quality Czech made item, not Turkish or Slobovian junk, at a very reasonable price. $495.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6544 - 21030 - PERU- MODEL 1909 RIFLE IN 7.65MM MADE BY MAUSER -
Serial number 19120, mismatched. Peru is a fascinating country, extending for more than a thousand miles along the Pacific coast of South American, between Ecuador and Chile, and up to about 500 miles inland into the Andes. Many Americans recognize the ancient mountain top ruins of Machu Picchu, or the name of the capital, Lima, but otherwise it is mostly a barren, arid region dependent on fishing and agriculture. Independent since overthrow of the Spanish in 1821, and impoverished after losing to Chile in the War of the Pacific (1879-1883) Peruvian arms were a hodge-podge of mostly obsolete types until they began to Purchase Argentine Model 1891 style rifles in 1892-1895, and thereafter continued periodic purchases of various (mostly) Mauser model rifles. Relatively few have appeared on the surplus market over the years, and almost always in very worn and abused condition.
This one is one of the 50,000 Peruvian Model 1909 rifles purchased from Waffenfabrik Mauser circa 1910-1914. Although looking like a standard Gew 98 Mauser at first glance, close inspection will reveal that the receiver ring is slightly longer, and there is a small rise for the stripper clips and a bolt release more like the 1891 Mauser than the other 98s, and a few other minor differences. Except for a few Model 1895 Mausers obtained via Chile which were 7 x 57mm, all the Peruvian Mausers were in 7.65 x 53mm caliber, the same as the Argentine and Belgian rifles. This is the first of the Model 1909 Peruvians we have had, and in typical (almost good) condition with virtually no finish, and lots of stock dings, and numbers mismatched. There is some pitting on the top of the barrel just ahead of the lower band, and probably more under the wood line. Bore is about good. No import marks noted. Another of the many variations of South American Mausers that can be an interesting collecting specialty at relatively modest prices. $525.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6477 - 20088 – SCARCE JAPANESE TYPE 99 7.7MM RIFLE- “JUKI” (SERIES 37) -
Serial number 5686 made at Tokyo Juki Kogyo in Tokyo, under Kokura Arsenal supervision. The Tokyo Rifle Factory (Tokyo Juki Kyogo or TJK) was one of the smaller makers and only made a few hundred rifles in the 2nd series, about 56,000 in Series 37, and then about 41,000 in the 27th series. This production of only 98,000 rifles was spread out between mid-1942 and the end of the war in 1945, while the larger makers were churning out 5-10 times as many rifles.
Thus it is possible to find TJK rifles in every configuration from early with monopod and anti- aircraft sights to slightly simplified versions, to really crude last ditch versions. This rifle is the early style, with provisions for both monopod and AA sights, but it does not appear that either were ever installed, so the transition had already begun. The metal parts have about 95% original blue finish showing just normal wear patterns, with most of the finish worn off the buttplate. Mum has been ground. Bolt numbers are mismatched. No dust cover or cleaning rod, as usual. The stock has lots of dings and scratches and a chip off the base of the pistol grip on the left side, as shown in the photos. Excellent bore. Despite the stock dings, this is a good representative example of one of the scarcer variations of WW2 Japanese Arisaka rifles. $295.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6329 - 22220 - JAPANESE TYPE 99 7.7MM “ARISAKA” BOLT ACTION RIFLE (SERIES 32) -SERIAL NUMBER 45503, SERIES 32, MADE BY TOYO KOGYO, HIROSHIMA PREFECTURE.
Bolt serial number does not match (reportedly on ships coming home the bolts were all locked up and then passed out upon arrival and no one cared about the numbers). Otherwise all correct original parts except the invariably missing cleaning rod and dustcover. This lacks the Anti-Aircraft wings on the rear sight, and while Honeycutt & Anthony do not indicate they were never installed, there is no sign of them being installed, and we had another rifle in this range that also lacked them, so we believe this is correct as made. This was made during the time when the Japanese fortunes of war were going badly, and they were looking for ways to simplify and increase rifle production. It has the monopod type lower band without the monopod itself (correct per Honeycutt & Anthony) and it also has the simplified two screw upper band to take the short cleaning rod introduced in this series. Chromed bore is mirror bright. About 95% original blue remains just starting to turn plum, and having a few very light surface rust freckles that should come off with a good cleaning. Stock has the assorted minor bruises and dings of an issued are, but nothing bad. Mum is partially ground off but the Type 99 marking remains. This is a good clean representative Japanese rifle, a bit above average, and showing the start of the design simplification which continued throughout the war (among all nations.) $395.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6366 - (LL) HUNGARIAN MODEL 98/40 RIFLE (CODE JHV MADE IN 1943) CALIBER 8MM MAUSER SN 7952L
The Hungarians became a separate nation at the end of World War I with the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire. They adopted a home designed rifle, the Model 35 chambered for the 8 mm rimmed cartridge in 1935. The rifle used a two piece stock. With Nazi Germanys growing power they decided to change the rifle to be compatible with the German 8 mm rimless cartridge. The magazine was made flush with the bottom of the receiver and the bayonet lug modified to accept the German bayonet. German weapons inspectors took over the inspection and marking of the Hungarian rifles. The new rifles were given the code of “jhv” and the waffenamt (weapons inspector) code 56. These markings appeared on Hungarian rifles. These rifles were given the designation G98/40 and this was stamped on the left side of the receiver.
The Hungarian army participated in the invasion of Russia in the summer of 1941 and in many battles in Russia thereafter, they suffered heavy losses at Stalingrad in November 1942 and made little contribution to German military efforts thereafter.
This rifle was made in Hungarian in 1943 and has the jhv code for Hungarian firearms and standard waffenamts in the metal. The barrel bands and floor plate match, but the bolt does not match the receiver. This is a common problem with the 98/40 rifles. The stock is European hardwood. It has a good sized ding on the left side near the front. There is no pitting, and the bluing would rate about 90%. The bore is some darkening in the grooves, but sharp riflings.
Very few Hungarian G98/40 rifles appear on the U.S. collectors market. We suspect that most were lost in Russia. This a good example of one that saw considerable usage. $1400.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6358 - RARE SPANISH CIVIL WAR MODEL 1891 DRAGOON MOSIN NAGANT SERIAL NUMBER 84903 CALIBER 7.62 X 54R
Nagant rifle has a unique history among battle rifles from the early 20th century. It was adopted by the Russian Imperial government in 1891, updated by the Communist government in 1930, and distributed to satellite nations for usage in proxy warfare up until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Few rifles can claim as colorful a history as the Mosin Nagant.
The Spanish Civil War began in July of 1936. The Republicans, who initially held power, were facing a crippling shortage of arms and ammunition. Seeking support from the Soviet Union, a deal was brokered between the two parties: arms for gold. Officials within the Soviet government did not believe that the Republicans had a chance at retaining power, and therefore did not accept any tender besides gold from the Spanish treasury.
As with all things Mosin Nagant, there is much minutiae that must be combed through to trace the history of a given rifle. Fortunately, Spanish Civil War rifles have many tells that reveal their lineage. First, this rifle is a 1928 Izhevsk Dragoon. The Soviet Union sought to get rid of old style rifles while it was updating its own arsenal, and the Spanish contract was an excellent opportunity. Second, no Mosin Nagant rifles dated after 1937 are known to have fought in Spain, so the date on this rifle is correct. Third, a “MADE IN U.S.S.R.” mark appears on the receiver. Fourth, the fit and finish of this rifle is typical of one that was used in Spain: the rifle has not been counter bored, there are no import markings, the stock has been heavily sanded (a faint Tula star appears on the right hand side of the butt), and the parts are totally mismatched. Finally, on the tang of this rifle there is a “P78” marking. It is debated among collectors what this actually means, but many assume that it is a Spanish unit marking.
This rifle is a superior example of a Spanish Civil War Mosin Nagant. The bore is dark, but may clean up. The rifling remains strong. The finish would rate between 80- 90%. $595.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6376 - 19173 - JAPANESE TYPE 99 7.7MM ARISAKA RIFLE (SERIES 7) WITH CAPTURE PAPERS -
Serial number 2062, made by Toriimatsu factory of Nagoya Arsenal, fairly late in the war, but not yet having the extreme shortcuts found on a “last ditch” rifle. A very nice example of a Jap rifle as shipped back from the Pacific by so many GI's. This one has a photocopy of the “capture papers” which listed the items the soldier was allowed to take home. (Since few people have seen these, it is quoted here, and a copy included in the photographs. The soldier brought several items home and the original papers were sold with the sword, hence only the photocopy with this rifle.) The clerk did not bother to type in a serial number for the rifle, but we are confident this document refers to rifle number 2062.
CERTIFICATE Date ___ 26 November 45___ The following authorized war trophies have been issued to [Erenst L. Williams Tec/4], who is hereby entitled to take the same to the United States. ARTICLE SERIAL NUMBER (If appropriate) 1 Japanese Rifle 1 Sword 1 Small sword 1 Bayonet Note: Possession of fire arms in excess of one per individual is not authorized. OFFICIAL Paul P. Dunham 2nd Kt, Inf. Adjutant Organization Commander [signature] 1st Lt C.A.C. Organization Co. A. 530th M.P. BN. *************************
Overall a well above average example with about 95% original blue finish, with just normal wear on the sharp edges and mostly on the bolt, which is mismatched (number 791) but the correct cylindrical style for this time. Mum has been ground. Stock is exceptionally nice with just the original finish and a pleasing orange-brown color and almost no dings or blemishes. Left side has a factory done oval shaped patch over a wood defect, a sign of declining quality standards. Soldier’s initial “W” lightly scratched in the right hand grasping groove. No cleaning rod or dustcover. This still has the steel buttplate, two screw butt swivel and adjustable rear sight, but the AA sight wings and monopod has already been dropped, and soon after this they began riveting the upper band, and switched to a separate forend piece. The Type 99 rifles were the standard Japanese military arm throughout WW2, although quality declined over time, and this is an excellent choice for a single representative example, or as a Series 7 rifle for those who aspire to own one from each series. It is clear that the removal of the “Mum” on the receiver was routinely done on the capture arms “issued” to occupation troops, while it was usually not done on the battlefield capture rifles shipped home from combat zones. $495.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6179 - (LL) JAPANESE TYPE 38 CARBINE, SECOND SERIES 18154. CALIBER 6.5X51
The Japanese Army adopted the Type 38 rifle in 1905. It used a modified Mauser bolt and ejector system, and was found by P.O. Ackley, the famous gunsmith to be the strongest military action compared to World War II military rifles from Germany, Britain and the U.S. It fires a 6.5x51mm semi-rimmed cartridge. It is also one of the simplest of all military bolt action rifles, with fewer parts to manufacture and assemble than any other military rifle of World War II.
We think of our battles with Japanese as being fought on the tropical islands of the Pacific, but Japan had been fighting the Chinese since the early 1930's, and in 1938 had seized all of Northern China including Beijing, and every important sea port including Shanghai. Over two million Japanese troops were stationed in China throughout the war. To keep this vast area pacified they used cavalry extensively. The Type 38 rifle with its 31 inch barrel was not acceptable to cavalry.
To accommodate the Japanese cavalry the Type 38 rifle was cut down and issued in shorten form designated the Type 38 carbine. These carbines saw extensive use in China, and most got left behind when the Japanese army surrendered August 1945. Type 38 is one of the rarest of the World War II carbines. It’s handy size and mild recoil have made it favorite among shooters.
This carbine was made at the Kokura arsenal. The Imperial crest is intact. The exterior metal has been well used with about 90% of original finish still remaining. The stock has dark patina on it. The bore is bright with strong riflings Overall an above average example of one of the rarest World War II military carbines. $495.00 (View Picture)
SMOF6241 - 12767 – JAPANESE TYPE 38 CARBINE, 6.5MM, MADE AT NAGOYA (SERIES 5) REALLY NICE! -
Serial number 82676 made at Chigusa factory of Nagoya Arsenal. Adopted in 1906, along with the long Type 38 6.5mm rifles, the Type 38 carbines remained in use until the end of WW2 with cavalry and other specialty troops. This one was made during WW2, but at a time when the quality of workmanship was still quite good. Complete and correct with all matching parts except missing the bolt cover, which is missing from most. Cleaning rod is included! Metal parts retain about 97+% original blue finish, showing a little wear on high points and some streaks on the bolt from operation, and even the buttplate retains over 90% original blue with a few scattered light rust freckles that will easily clean up. The unsanded stock has the original dark orange- brown finish, with quite a few shallow bumps and bruises, but few serious scars or dings. The carbines are usually found in relatively poor condition, and this is an exceptionally nice example. Overall, this is one of the nicest Type 38 carbines we have ever had. Bore looks excellent. These use the common Type 30 bayonet with the 16 inch blade and are a very impressive display when mounted on the carbine with a 19 inch barrel. The mum has been partially ground but is mostly visible. An excellent representative example of the Type 38 carbine as widely used by Japanese forces during WW2. $650.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5793 - 22120 - JAPANESE TYPE 38 TRAINING RIFLE (BLANKS ONLY)
- Serial number- none- maker unknown Japanese factory. These are pretty scarce compared to “regular” Type 38 rifles, and this is the only one we have seen that includes a bolt cover. Will look better cleaned up. An interesting addition to any WW2 or Japanese weapon collection.
Although some Japanese training rifles were damaged or obsolete arms slightly modified for training use, many, like this one, were purpose made using very crude materials totally unsafe for ever firing with live ammunition. These use cast iron for receivers and other parts were crudely fashioned and ill-fitting, but good enough for youngsters to practice drill. These were also used to fire blank cartridges (and those made from “real” guns were specifically marked to be used with blanks only). The bores on these barrels are simple smoothbore holes either crudely drilled of even cast, and the locking lugs on the bolt are more decorative than functional. The “cleaning rod” is a dummy part just stuck into the stock tip.
This is a good example of these somewhat scarce Japanese military arms with the typical one piece stock (instead of the usual use of a separate piece of wood for the lower part of the Buttstock) which is unsanded and has the original finish and an old rack number 82 painted on the right side. This one is a bit unusual in having a crudely made bolt cover. The rear sight sleeve is very loose on the barrel, and just about every part you look at is decidedly non-standard and “cheap Jap junk” quality.
Metal parts were originally finished some dark color, perhaps by bluing or some other process but that has turned mostly to light brown patina, but it may clean up with some patient work with some oil and steel wool.
Remember, this is NOT TO BE FIRED Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $225.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5487 - 19685 - RUSSIAN/FINNISH MODEL MODEL 39 MOSIN-NAGANT RIFLE (7.62X54MMR CALIBER)
- Serial number 73661 assembled by VKT in 1944 on a Russian receiver made by Izhevsk in 1915, as indicated by the bow and arrow and date on the bottom of the receiver tang. This design was adopted in 1939 as the Finnish “Infantry Rifle Model 1939” and became the preferred rifle for use during World War II as the Finns fought the Russians, eventually losing in 1944. These used a mix of newly made parts and reworked parts from earlier Mosin Nagants which had been purchased or captured by the Finns. The M39 features entirely new sights, better barrels, two sets of sling swivels a two piece finger jointed stock, and the improved two piece magazine stop. This example was made by VKT (Valtion Kirvaaritehdas). Bore is nice and bright, but rifling is somewhat rounded on the lands. Reportedly these are excellent shooters. (Reminder: we sell all guns as collector items only and they must be approved by a competent gunsmith prior to firing.) Looks like about 98% of old arsenal blue finish remains. Bolt number 3661 is matching, but as with most of these, the other parts numbers are totally mismatched. Stock is solid, with the assorted minor dings and scars of an issued military arm. The birch stock color is medium to dark brown. Import marks on upper part of the barrel. Complete with the cleaning rod which is often missing. Overall an excellent example of a Mosin Nagant that actually looks different from most of the other variations. $425.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5638 - SMOF5638 JAPANESE RIFLE TYPE 99 7.7MM (SERIES 8- "LAST DITCH")
Serial Number 56334 made at Toriimatsu factory of Nagoya Arsenal. "Last Ditch" type made late in the war, with wood buttplate, fixed rear sight, no ears on the front sight. loose forend piece restrained by the bands. Receiver ring has the "mum" ground off, and overall about 90+% of the very rough finish blue remains. Just a bit of wear on the edges of the wooden buttplate. One of the nicer "last ditch" rifles we have seen in a while. $250.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5495 - JAPANESE TYPE 38 RIFLE CONVERTED TO A TRAINER. CALIBER - BLANKS ONLY 6.5 ARISAKA. SERIAL NUMBER 10667
MARKED IN ENGLISH -"SASEBO -1945" The Sasebo Naval base was the home of the Imperial Japanese Navy. It was established in the 1880's and was base from which Admiral Togo sailed to defeat the Russian fleet in May 1905 at the Battle of Tsushima. The U.S. 5th Marines landed there after the surrender of Japan in August 1945. The base has continued to be used by the U.S. as a base for our fleet.
The Japanese converted many rifles to trainers by boring out the barrel to remove the rifling, and altering the bolt. This rifle was so altered. It appears to have been at Sasebo in 1945 because Sasebo and the date in English is stamped on the rifle. It is an interesting variant of the rifles that came home with our returning GI's after the end of World War II. $350.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5393 - 19130 YUGOSLAVIAN MODEL 48 8MM MAUSER MADE BY KRAGUJEVAC ARSENAL
(BOLT ALTERED FOR SCOPE) - Serial number M99073. Prior to WW2 Yugoslavia had purchased a number of Model 1924 short rifles and a full set of machinery to make them from FN in Belgium. Then they made more rifles in their own Kragujevac Arsenal, later known as Factory 44 (PREDUZECE 44). The Model 1924 rifles had an “intermediate length” action about ¼ inch shorter than the standard Model 98 Mauser actions used in the Gew 98 and K98 series rifles, but were otherwise very similar to the K98k. Later, they began producing the standard K98k type Mauser as the Model 48. During the post- WW2 rearming of Yugoslavian forces under Marshall Tito and the Communists virtually all old rifles on hand were refurbished, and remarked with the communist crest (two sheaves of wheat bordering a torch, with the commie star above) and given a new model designation. New production (like the Model 48 rifles) were marked with the new style crest at time of manufacture.
This rifle is one of the Model 48 rifles with the short action, probably made circa 1948 to early 1950s, but possibly rebuilt on an earlier action with updated markings. It appears to have all new made parts except for the floorplate which has an old serial number lined out, and the new number added. Receiver, stock and floorplate numbers all match. The bolt is not numbered, but is probably original to the rifle, but it has been altered for use with a scope with a new handle resembling those used on the Winchester Model 70. The stock has been notched to clear the new handle, but if you replaced to bolt body it would restore it to factory configuration and the notch would not really be visible unless you lifted the bolt. If you want to use the excellent Mauser style action to make a sporter (Barbarian!) then the hardest and most expensive job- altering the bolt- has already been done. Otherwise this seems to be a near mint unissued rifle. Bore is sharp and mirror bright. Metal parts with about 99% original factory blue, except the polished bolt assembly and the buttplate. The buttplate has some staining but that could be polished out. Tiny “GPC W. HURLEY NY 8MM”import marks on barrel near the muzzle.
An interesting variant of the classic 98 Mauser family. Collecting Yugoslavian Mauser variations would be a fun and inexpensive specialty. See Robert Ball’s superb “Mauser Military Rifles of the World” for more on any type of Mauser rifle, and a new North Cape book, “Serbian and Yugoslav Mauser Rifles” by Branko Bogdanovic, devoted exclusively to the Yugos. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $350.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5356 - 19010 - EGYPTIAN HAKIM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE 8MM MAUSER CALIBER – SERIAL NUMBER 30052
made in 1961 at "Factory 54" which later became Maadi Military and Civil Industries Corporation. Once plentiful on the surplus market these are now hard to find, and they represent a very interesting era of small arms development. Based on the Swedish AG42B Ljungman rifle, these were made in Egypt, during the mid-1950s-60s. The FN-49 rifles had not performed well for the Egyptians, so they adopted the Hakim, but later found out that the fine tolerances that worked well in snowy Sweden with fastidious soldiers did not like the sand and grit in the desert in the hands of unenthusiastic conscripts. Following French and British attacks on Suez in 1956, the Egyptians sought small arms help from other countries, ending up under the influence of the Soviet Union, which resulted in the eventual adoption of the AK-47 and domestic manufacture of the 7.62x39mm Rashid rifles. The Hakim is in 8mm Mauser caliber, and is well made although not a very sexy looking rifle. Theya re also very heavy compared to other rifles. This one is in VG-fine condition (unlike most which are pretty beat up) with about 95% original blue- black finish, but everything is covered with a grimy layer of dried grease and crud and really needs a good cleaning. Bore looks like it will clean to excellent. Stock has some minor handling dings and is covered with grimy dirt and needs to be cleaned. Tiny Century import marks on barrel near the muzzle. A surprising number of former Egyptian arms are available on the collector market- Remington Rolling blocks, SMLEs, the FN-49s, Rashids, Helwan pistols, Greener shotguns, etc for an well defined collecting niche with interesting historical connections to the various eras represented. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $775.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5230 - 17871 - YUGOSLAVIAN MODEL 1924/47 8MM MAUSER SHORT RIFLE MADE BY KRAGUJEVAC ARSENAL
- Serial number R2280 matching on the receiver, bolt, and stock. Left receiver rail marked with script T.R.Z. 5 indicating it was reworked at some time in the refurbishing facilities in Hadzici (in the Bosnia-Herzegovina part of former Yugoslavia). See the article in Miitary Rifle Journal by Yugo expert James Golub for more on the work done by Hadzici and the marking variations.
Prior to WW2 Yugoslavia had purchased a number of Model 1924 short rifles and a full set of machinery to make them from FN in Belgium. Then they made more rifles in their own Kragujevac Arsenal, later known as Factory 44 (PREDUZECE 44). The Model 1924 rifles had an “intermediate length” action about ¼ inch shorter than the standard Model 98 Mauser actions used in the Gew 98 and K98 series rifles, but were otherwise very similar to the K98k. During the post- WW2 rearming of Yugoslavian forces under Marshall Tito and the Communists virtually all old rifles on hand were refurbished, and remarked with the communist crest (two sheaves of wheat bordering a torch, with the commie star above) and given a new model designation. This rifle is one of the Model 1924 short rifles, upgraded to Model 24/47 configuration with the new markings, and totally refinished at that time. About 98-99% of the finish remains, although quality is sort of sloppy (as typical of unenthusiastic workers in most Communist regimes!). Bore should be excellent but filled with gooey cosmoline right now. Century import marked on barrel near the muzzle and a new serial number marked on the receiver M2401555. An interesting variant of the classic 98 Mauser family. Collecting Yugoslavian Mauser variations would be a fun and inexpensive specialty. See Robert Ball’s superb “Mauser Military Rifles of the World” for more on any type of Mauser rifle, and a new North Cape book, “Serbian and Yugoslav Mauser Rifles” by Branko Bogdanovic, devoted exclusively to the Yugos.
$395.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5222 - 17812 - EGYPTIAN HAKIM 8MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE- NICE! -
- Serial number 34796, made in 1964 at "Factory 54" which later became Maadi Military and Civil Industries Corporation.
Once plentiful on the surplus market these are now hard to find, and they represent a very interesting era of small arms development. Based on the Swedish AG42B Ljungman rifle, these were made in Egypt, during the mid-1950s-60s, with this 1964 dated example being the latest date we have seen. The FN-49 rifles had not performed well for the Egyptians, so they adopted the Hakim, but later found out that the fine tolerances that worked well in snowy Sweden with fastidious soldiers did not like the sand and grit in the desert in the hands of unenthusiastic conscripts. Following French and British attacks on Suez in 1956, the Egyptians sought small arms help from other countries, ending up under the influence of the Soviet Union, which resulted in the eventual adoption of the 7.62x39mm Rashid rifles.
The Hakim is in 8mm Mauser caliber, and is well made although not a very sexy looking rifle. This one is in excellent condition (unlike most which are pretty beat up) with about 97-98% original blue-black finish. Just a bit of wear on the high points and a few streaks on the bolt carrier from cycling it. Bore has strong rifling but is dark and cruddy which may be just grease or may not clean up much. Stock is likewise excellent with just a few minor handling dings. Tiny Century import marks on barrel near the muzzle. A surprising number of former Egyptian arms are available on the collector market- Remington Rolling blocks, SMLEs, the FN-49s, Rashids, Helwan pistols, Greener shotguns, etc for an well defined collecting niche with interesting historical connections to the various eras represented. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $950.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5235 - 17813 - GERMAN KAR98K-ZF 41 SNIPER RIFLE WITH ZF/41 SNIPER SCOPE (REPLICA)
Serial number 3388 made by Mauser-Werke, Oberndorf am Neckar (code 42) in 1939. The Kar98k Mauser with the Zf 41 telescope was the most widely produced German sniper rifle of WW2, but also the least preferred. The concept was simple- modify the rear sight base to accept a mount and put on a scope with a long eye relief and shazam! you got a sniper rifle. However, the 12-15 inch eye relief and tiny tube diameter of the 1.5 power telescope meant that the field of view was almost useless except against a stationary target. Factory produced rifles were all dated 1941 or later, but Robert Ball’s “Sniper Variations of the German K98k Rifle” notes that some earlier rifles and even Gew 98s were converted for sniper use.
However, this one is NOT a genuine sniper rifle made with an original Zf 41 scope, as those are very rare, and therefore very expensive. Most of the Zf 41 snipers found on the market are at best replicas (if described honestly) or at worst fakes trying to steal your hard earned cash. This is a replica at an affordable price offered as a filler for a collector on a budget, or a reenactor. The rifle itself has virtually no finish, having had it all removed, except the trigger guard which has about 50-60%. Metal parts are smooth with no pitting except a bit on the bands where they contact the wood. The scope mount bar is a repro mounting bar attached to a standard rear sight base by solder, instead of being machined integral with the sight sleeve. The stock has been altered to clear the scope mount. The scope and scope mount are very high quality reproductions, with correct period markings and excellent optics, probably better than the originals. The mount and base have 99% of their finish (except a couple of rust spots on the mount), so they look out of place on the mostly no finish rifle. This is an excellent candidate for someone to either take the time to do the simple (but time consuming) rust blue process on, or just hit it all with one of Brownell’s excellent cold blue products to turn it all a nice deep blue black color. If this were a genuine correct Zf 41 rifle and scope, the price would be many times higher, but being what it is, you can decide if it will fit your collecting needs, and save a bundle. $1150.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5000 - 16605 - ARGENTINE MODEL 1891 MAUSER 7.65MM RIFLE MADE BY DWM IN 1899 -
Serial Number S3238 matching throughout, including the cleaning rod. These are 7.65x53mm Mauser caliber (sometimes called 7.65mm Argentine Mauser). The Model 1891 is an important milestone as the first of many Mauser models adopted by various South American countries. Marked on the left side of the receiver "MAUSER MODELO ARGENTINO 1891/ DEUTSCHES WAFFEN-UND MUNITIONS FABRIKEN/ BERLIN" Argentine crest has been ground off the receiver ring per Argentine law after some Argentine rifles showed up in a neighboring country's guerilla forces.
Loewe was the original maker of the M1891 Argentine rifles, but after merging in 1899 with the Mauser brothers to form Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (DWM) filled the rest of the contracts under the DWM name. Overall excellent plus condition. The stock has just a few minor storage dings, the worst being shown in the photos. Bolt retains most of its original bright polished finish, including on the handle and knob which usually are darker, but nice and bright on this one. Other parts with about 95% original brilliant blue finish, except where the removed receiver crest was touched up to blend in; some wear on the magazine floorplate and adjacent sharp corners and some wear on the buttplate. Stock is a very pleasing light brown colored straight grain walnut with matching handguard. The stock has had the argentine crest removed by grinding.
This is one of 53,000 Argentine rifles made in 1899 under the DWM name. From an old pre- 1968 collection and not defaced by any import markings. This is among the very best of the M1891 Argentine rifles we have had in years. The bore is dirty (old grease?) although we expect it will clean to the same superb condition as the exterior. These are usually found in nice condition, but often with mismatched parts. South American military rifles are an attractive collecting specialty, with a wide number of examples, either limited to Mausers alone, or including all types. Most are still pretty reasonably priced, although it may take a while to find some variations, especially in decent condition. (We highly recommend Robert Ball's Mauser Military Rifles of the World to learn more, or Colin Webster’s definitive Argentine Mauser Rifles for the 1891-1909 models and their variants and accessories.) Argentine Mausers made before the “O” prefix block were made in 1898 or earlier, but this one was made in 1899 and thus does not qualify as an “antique” so we need to ship to a FFL (C&R is okay). Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $675.00 (View Picture)
SMOF4982 - 16371 - EGYPTIAN HAKIM 8 X 57MM SEMI-AUTO RIFLE (SUPERB!) -
Serial number 49268, absolutely the best condition Hakim we have ever seen. Made at "Factory 54" which later became Maadi Military and Civil Industries Corporation. Once plentiful on the surplus market these are now hard to find with any sort of condition. These represent a very interesting era of small arms development. The FN-49 rifles made for Egypt had not performed well for them. So, the Egyptians bought the surplus Swedish AG42 Ljungman machinery and after modifying it slightly to use 8mm Mauser ammunition, adopted it as the Hakim. They later found out that the fine tolerances that worked well in Sweden did not like the sand and grit in the desert. Following French and British attacks on Suez in 1956, and periodic butt-kickings by the Israelis, the Egyptians sought small arms help from other countries, ending up under the influence of the Soviet Union, which resulted in the later adoption of the 7.62x39mm Rashid rifles, a much modified cousin of the Hakim The number above the serial number on the receiver of this Hakim translates to 1967, but we are not sure if that is the date of manufacture or something else, and there does not seem to be any reliable source of that actual dates of manufacture for the Hakim or the Rashid rifles. The Hakim is in 8mm Mauser caliber, using a detachable 10 round box magazine. It uses a “direct impingement” gas system, and is well made although not a very sexy looking rifle
This one is in excellent condition (unlike many which are pretty beat up) with about 98% original blue-black finish having just a few minor storage and handling scrapes but almost no wear. Bore looks like it will clean to excellent once the dried grease and crud are removed. Stock is likewise excellent with just a very few minor handling dings. There is a wire staple on the right side of the bolt carrier, intended for a rubber pad, almost always missing, but the remnants are here, held with electrical tape. Comes with an old web Russian style sling which may or may not be correct, but is a free bonus anyway. A surprising number of former Egyptian arms are available on the collector market- Remington Rolling blocks, SMLEs, the FN-49s, Rashids, Helwan pistols, etc for a well defined collecting niche with interesting historical connections to the various eras represented. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $895.00 (View Picture)
SMOF4980 - 16368 - ARGENTINA MODEL 1909 MAUSER CARBINE 7.65MM MADE BY FMAP IN 1948 -
Serial number 003037 matching. This is one of only 5,000 Model 1909/1926 first model Cavalry Carbines made in Argentina by DGFM-FMAP. (Dirrecion General de Fabricaciones Militares- Fabrica Militar de Armas Portatiles) This was the Argentine arsenal set up to make Mauser rifles on machinery purchased from Germany under license from Mauser. The equipment was purchased in 1926-27, but chronic financial problems delayed actual construction of the factory and production until 1947. The Model 1909 cavalry carbine was originally made without any provisions for a bayonet, but in 1926 the design was altered to add a bayonet lug under the stock, and a large muzzle cap for the muzzle ring, being a retrofit on the early carbines made by DWM in Germany. However, the bayonet provisions were added during manufacture on the DGFM-FMAP made guns. They first model carbines like this one were made 1947-1949 and are marked with the national crest on the receiver ring, and EJERCITO ARGENTIONO MAUSER MOD 1909 on the left side of the ring, with the DGFM-(FMAP) markings on the left rail. The more common second model carbines (11,905 made 1949-1959) used a simplified crest with EJERCITO ARGENTINO on the top of the ring
Colin Webster’s superb “Argentine Mauser Rifles 1871-1959” is the definitive study on the Argentine arms, and is highly recommended for anyone interested in South American military arms as it has info on several models provided to other countries
This example is in average condition for this model, well used and then arsenal refinished prior to export. Stock has large repair to the toe, as with most I have seen. Assorted dings and bruises and overall a very dark brown, almost black color. Metal with about 98-99% of the arsenal blue-black refinish and bright polished receiver for a handsome appearance. Bore is good, but shows use. There appears to be a small crack in the wood alongside the receiver tang inletting, but it does not appear to be anything serious. Chipped section at right front of the handguard. Tiny import marks on right rear side of receiver. A good example of this fairly scarce Argentine military arm. I have always recommended South American military arms as a collecting niche with a large variety of items available at mostly reasonable prices. And, most are types that should be immune to crazy gun ban schemes. First one of these we have had for sale in several years. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $525.00 (View Picture)
SMOF4838 - 15538 - YUGOSLAVIAN MODEL 24/47 8MM MAUSER SHORT RIFLE MADE BY KRAGUJEVAC ARSENAL
Serial number A3499 matching on the receiver, bolt, and stock. Prior to WW2 Yugoslavia had purchased a number of Model 1924 short rifles and a full set of machinery to make them from FN in Belgium. Then they made more rifles in their own Kragujevac Arsenal, later known as Factory 44 (PREDUZECE 44). The Model 1924 rifles had an “intermediate length” action about ¼ inch shorter than the standard Model 98 Mauser actions used in the Gew 98 and K98 series rifles, but were otherwise very similar to the K98k. During the post- WW2 rearming of Yugoslavian forces under Marshall Tito and the Communists virtually all old rifles on hand were refurbished, and remarked with the communist crest (two sheaves of wheat bordering a torch, with the commie star above) and given a new model designation. This rifle is one of the Model 1924 short rifles, upgraded to Model 24/47 configuration with the new markings, and totally refinished at that time. About 98-99% of the finish remains, although quality is sort of sloppy (as typical of unenthusiastic workers in most Communist regimes!). Bore is excellent- bright and sharp. Tiny SAMCO import marks on barrel near the muzzle. An interesting variant of the classic 98 Mauser family. Collecting Yugoslavian Mauser variations would be a fun and inexpensive specialty. See Robert Ball’s superb Mauser Military Rifles of the World for more on any type of Mauser rifle. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $375.00 (View Picture)
SMOF4837 - 15535 - JAP TYPE 99 7.7MM RIFLE (“LAST DITCH” SERIES 37)
- Serial number 49194 made at Tokyo Juki Kogyo in Tokyo. Except for retaining the adjustable rear sight, this has most of the crude features which have earned the name “last ditch” rifles including: lack of protective ears on the front sight, single screw butt swivel, wood buttplate, no provisions for the monopod, two screw upper band, and very crude metal finish and woodworking. Although not as well made as the rifles used by the allies, these “last ditch” rifles were completely serviceable and were used in many of the Pacific battlefields. Bolt assembly numbers do not match, but are correct for this maker and serial number range. Metal parts with about 95-96% original blue finish showing just normal wear patterns. No dust cover or cleaning rod, as usual. The stock has not been sanded, but the finish appears to be just a simple brown stain, not the usual reddish-brown shellac, however we think it is probably original, not Bubba’s strip and stain work. There is some brown yuck on the upper and lower tangs that is some sort of tape residue or something and will flake right off to reveal the blue underneath. Excellent bore. A very nice representative “last ditch” rifle. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $395.00 (View Picture)
SMOF4629 - 14293 BRITISH ''DRILL PURPOSE'' PATTERN 1914 .303 CALIBER RIFLE BY WINCHESTER
Serial number 51684 with matching number on bolt. Other parts appear to be typical mix of makers including the ''fat boy'' Eddystone stock. Drill purpose rifles were made from obsolete patterns to provide non-lethal arms to be used by recruits or cadets learning the manual of arms, close order drill, punishment marching, etc where a current service rifle was not needed, but something with the approximate weight and feel was desired. This would be an interesting collecting niche, with the goal of including the many different ''Drill Purpose” arms from the British, the US Navy Mark I Training rifle made by Parris Dunn and the Mark V dummy drill rifle, , the M16 ''Rubber Duck” and the CMP M1903 and M1 drill rifles. The Pattern 1914 DP rifles were converted by drilling a hole laterally through the chamber (and adjacent stock and handguard) and welding a steel rod in place, painting a red and white stripe around the action area, and stamping DP on just about every part. These rifles had seen hard use prior to conversion and usually show numerous stock repairs, as well as dings and bruises acquired throughout their career aggravated by clumsy handling by awkward recruits intimidated by screaming sergeants. A number of these came into the US in the 1980s or 90s, and sold for ridiculously low prices at the time, with most of them snatched up and stripped down for their actions to make sporters. This has left surviving examples rather scarce. A great addition for a British collection, or for the P1914/M1917 addict, or someone interested in ''drill rifles”. Overall condition is VG. The wood continues to weep a bit of the heavy grease they were packed in for storage, although we cleaned all we could. Even though incapable of firing with the drilled and plugged chamber, this still is considered a ''firearm” and must go to a FFL or C&R FFL. Sorry, we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $395.00 (View Picture)
SMOF3919 - 10809- JAPANESE TYPE 38 6. 5MM CARBINE MADE AT MUKDEN (MANCHURIA)- SERIAL NUMBER 41326 (SERIES 6).
Probably the nicest Type 38 carbine we have ever had, and perhaps the nicest we have ever seen. The 6.5mm Type 38 rifle was the standards Japanese Infantry rifle from 1906 until 1939 when the 7.7mm Type 99 was adopted. During that time the short Type 38 Carbine was standard for the Japanese cavalry, and made in very small numbers compared to the rifles. In 1931 the Japanese took over the Mukden Arsenal in Manchuria (in China) and a few years later began rifle and carbine production there, although in much smaller numbers than at Japanese homeland facilities. Apparently about 110,000 Type 38 rifles were made at Mukden, and 51,000 Type 38 Carbines. Of the type 38 carbines, collectors recognize three serial number blocks- two without any series designation and only the final 15,000 or so having the "series 6" series indicator. This carbine has about 97-98% original blue finish mixed with a little light fingerprint surface rusting here and there and two tiny patches of pitting (less than 1/4" diameter) on the trigger guard- one hidden by the floorplate. Interestingly, the outside of the flooplate is nicely finished and blued, but the inside is really rough and crude and bare metal, so they must have used the rust blue method instead of a dip process. Bolt handle, safety and floorplate all have number 32 with an illegible mark, and I am not sure if that indicates that they are matching to the gun (which ends in 326) or if mismatched. The underside of the bolt handle and the firing pin are marked 135. I will let someone who knows more about Japanese arms decide if this is matched or mismatched, but it sure is nice anyway. Trigger, bolt catch spring, floorplate catch and sight spring are all straw colored, mixed with darker staining. Bolt body is bright but handle and exposed part of the body are stained dark to almost blue appearance. Bright finished cleaning rod, but exposed portion is stained dark. Superb bright and sharp bore. Unsanded stock has nearly all of the original shellac finish and a pleasing reddish brown color. Only a few mostly very minor storage and handling dings in the wood. Even the buttplate retains most of the blue finish, although thinning and worn bright on the heel. Mum has been lightly ground with a few chisel marks, but faintly visible, and the Type 38 markings are mostly intact. Not import marked. If you want a great example of a Type 38 carbine from the scarcest maker, this is for you. Sorry we can not accept credit card payment for this item. $795.00 (View Picture)
SMOF5189 - WINCHESTER RECEIVER AND TRIGGER GUARD FOR A BRITISH PATTERN 14 RIFLE MADE BY WINCHESTER SERIAL W157760
The British Army, charged with maintaining order in a world wide empire, adopted a bolt action rifle firing a rimmed cartridge in 1892. After their experience of being wounded and killed by the 7 mm Mauser rifles during the Boer War, the British Army decided to adopt a new rifle in 7 mm using the Mauser bolt system. This rifle was called the Pattern 1913, and enough were made for trials by selected infantry units in 1913-14. The outbreak of World War I in August 1914 stopped the plan to adopt a new rifle, and the British Army fought World War I with their Lee Enfields.
The British Army contracted with three U.S. arms makers to produce the Pattern 1913. This rifle was called the Pattern 1914 rifle. Contracts were issued to Winchester, Remington, and Eddystone, a division of Remington, and several hundred thousand rifles were made. In one of the great ironies of history when the U.S. entered the War in April 1917, the U.S. could not made enough Model 1903 “Springfield” rifles, and turned to these firearms makers with existing equipment, changed the caliber to 30-06, and the Pattern 14 became the U.S. Model 1917, equipping the majority of U.S. troops who fought in France.
This receiver was in a rifle made by Winchester. The floorplate, and magazine are also included. The action has the letters DP inscribed on the trigger guard and bolt, but it intact. The Pattern 14 receivers are valued as the basis for magnum caliber sporting rifles because of their size and strength. $225.00 (View Picture)