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    Picked this up at a small show in Olean NY. I see the site hood from afar, walk over to it and say it looks a little nice for a RC. So I pick it up, and notice it is a "ar 42", check the receiver serial, 2792a and then hit the bolt, 2792a, I am thinking this could be right. So I start down the stock and see a zf41, proceed further to the bands, both match, heart racing now. Only stock markings other then the serial number on the comb is a small waffen stamp on right side below the takedown disk. Have not read the number.

    Bad news, I have not been able to clean it yet, bore has much crude and cobwebs and the safety and FP retainer are serialed to each other but not to the rifles serial. So assuming the FP is most probably also serialed to the safety.

    Enjoy the quick photos before the rain started in.

    Of note, see the waffen 37 gas cup, though numbered to the rifle and the waffen 140 barrel.

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    more photos.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jsz View Post
    Picked this up at a small show in Olean NY. I see the site hood from afar, walk over to it and say it looks a little nice for a RC. So I pick it up, and notice it is a "ar 42", check the receiver serial, 2792a and then hit the bolt, 2792a, I am thinking this could be right. So I start down the stock and see a zf41, proceed further to the bands, both match, heart racing now. Only stock markings other then the serial number on the comb is a small waffen stamp on right side below the takedown disk. Have not read the number.

    Bad news, I have not been able to clean it yet, bore has much crude and cobwebs and the safety and FP retainer are serialed to each other but not to the rifles serial. So assuming the FP is most probably also serialed to the safety.

    Enjoy the quick photos before the rain started in.

    Of note, see the waffen 37 gas cup, though numbered to the rifle and the waffen 140 barrel.

    Jeff
    I love them just like this ....good find Jeff, congrats!...stuff is still out there!

    Im sure that thing is going to look great cleaned up a little

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    Great find! Wonder if the owner can dig up the scope and mount?

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    Quote Originally Posted by miles136 View Post
    I love them just like this ....good find Jeff, congrats!...stuff is still out there!

    Im sure that thing is going to look great cleaned up a little
    Thanks Miles.

    Did break the rifle down, it is duffle cut and repaired, not sure adequate enough to fire. However I will leave as is, I have many others to fire.. The firing pin, FP retainer, safety and band spring are mismatched. It is what is.

    A dealer had this, supposedly fresh from an attic, with nothing else. I am sure he really did not ask.

    Jeff
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    Very nice. Better luck than I had this morning, seen nothing but a "matching" dot 43 that had what looked to be a blued bayonet lug and "matching" numbered lock screws? The seller said he was good friends with that Jansen fellow also. No thanks. I would have jumped all over a slightly mismatched zf41 ar 42.

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    Jeff, that's an outstanding find! Great rifle. The replaced firing pin, safety, and sear are likely period done. That inspection on the side of the buttstock denotes a depot repair

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    A little abllistol, little howard's and that will be a nice piece...

    I love the phrase "fresh from the attic" too

    I use "closet fresh"

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    Please post pics after the wipe down

    Id leave the duffle cut alone too unless it was falling off of there.....

    Jonathan

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    hello,

    did you take any pictures of the stock when you tore it down?? great rifle!! please post the stock pics soon!!! this is how a ZF41 stock cut should look.

    thanks
    vaughn
    Last edited by vaughn99; 03-13-2010 at 05:12 PM.

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    Really nice rifle, and one that is really underrated as to scarcity.. ar/42 has to be one of the toughest war time Kar98k to find original and matching. Even m/m its not easy as in the database there are 3x the ar/43 and even the fairly scarce ar/41 is more common (and its tough too)

    Very curious over the BC (you say e/140 FN?) and how the bolt body is acceptanced?

    I would say the sleeve is odd but to be honest we can't say what is "normal" on a ar/42 as so few are known with original bolts! Maybe half a dozen..

    Try and do images of the BC and the bolt acceptance/fp?

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