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  1. GEM

    G43 Ads from 1949/50

    I have been paging through copies of the American Rifleman magazine from 1940-51. Found these two G43 ads. The first image is from the May 1950 edition. The second image is from the December 1949 edition. Somewhat unusual as there have been virtually no foreign surplus military weapons...
  2. GEM

    MO Mm410B

    I recently acquired this Mauser Mm 410B .22 Schonzeitbusche (off-season small game hunting rifle) from a local source. While not a trainer it shows that MO was still producing very fine commercial arms in the late war period. After reviewing Jon Speed’s book on MO small bore rifles it is...
  3. GEM

    Standard Modell

    Since I have been re-reading Chapter 1 I decided to re-examine this Standard Modell. I bought it off the rack at Potomac Arms (Interarms) in 1971 for $47.00 – then a princely sum for a broke college student. The stock, action, trigger guard and floor plate match although the floor plate number...
  4. GEM

    Advice needed BCD 43

    Like everyone else I am sitting around trying to keep occupied so thought I would poll the community for advice on this “BCD Zf41.” I acquired the rifle as a shooter about 25 years ago knowing that it had issues. Lately I have been pondering what to do with it. The good: It’s a great shooter...
  5. GEM

    BW Wachbatallion armed with 98k (2019)

    An interesting picture of the Bundeswehr Wachbatallion ceremonial unit carrying 98k rifles. The picture is attached to a news article on current German defense issues. Unit is a composite unit with army, navy and air force members. Performs similar ceremonial functions as the US Army Old...
  6. GEM

    1940 42 Code L

    This 1940 L-marked Code 42 is a recent acquisition. I bought it because it is an early-war MO example as I am narrowing my collection to Oberndorf-made military and commercial items. I thought it interesting with a flat butt plate on a laminated stock and no sight hood slots. Didn’t find the...
  7. GEM

    DOT 44 Semi Krieg Stock Curiosity

    This is one I have had for a few years but think that it has a neat feature. It is a pretty common DOT 44 example. SN# 74xxx range. Bolt is mismatched but matches itself. Nothing particularly special but wanted to show the butt stock which looks like it has been used as a cutting board with...
  8. GEM

    What is this bayonet?

    Acquired this one about 10 years ago and am still puzzling over it. The blade is a WWI German S84/98 saw back. The tang is marked Waffenfabrik Mauser A.G. Oberndorf a.N. The mark is an off-center factory error and looks to have been re-struck. The blade spine is marked with a Crown W 17...
  9. GEM

    Another Early Amberg G98 -1903

    Saw the recent post about the Amberg 1905. Here is another made in 1903 for comparison, SN 5600b. This also appears to be a field modification/repair. Mostly matching: barrel, receiver, stock, handguard, butt plate, bands, bayonet lug, follower, floor plate, guard. Screws are un-numbered and...
  10. GEM

    bcd 4 Barreled Action Value?

    A local shop has a sporterized bcd 4 in their used rack for $225. Sn: 8xxx, no suffix. Not drilled an tapped for a scope. The actions, bolt, safety, sights, guard, floor plate and follower all match but the safety could be an old re-mark. Good bore. No import marks. Not an RC. Looks like it...
  11. GEM

    Sauer 147/1938

    The recent thread about early JP Sauer rifles led me to revisit and post pictures of my 147 1938 rifle. This was my first Mauser. I accompanied my dad when he purchased it in 1967 from Hunter’s Haven, the Interarms retail outlet in Alexandria, Va. I still have the receipt. We paid $39.95 for...
  12. GEM

    German Refurbished VZ 24

    Attached pictures show a mismatched VZ 24 made in 1929. I bought this at a local small show several years ago and looking for opinions about what I am seeing. Serial number: 6091I2. Bolt, small bolt parts, bolt release, trigger guard, upper band have been scrubbed and re-marked with the first...
  13. GEM

    Erfurt 1899/16 Stern Gewehr

    I have been recently reviewing posts for Stern Gewehr rifles and decided to post info about one I acquired when stationed in CA in the 1980's. I have always been intrigued by the very early 1899 date. The rifle is duffle cut with a mm bolt and mm rear sight ramp. The balance of the components...
  14. GEM

    G98/98k Conversion Mystery

    Yesterday I acquired a "sporter" at a local show that is very odd. Superficially it is a 98k barreled receiver in a junk Vz24 stock with no apparent relation to the action. What caught my eye is that the receiver is a recovered DWM Berlin G98 while all other parts are 98k. At least it seems...
  15. GEM

    Info about M71 Short Rifle?

    Can anyone provide information about the M71 Short Rifle? I have one that came out of an old collection which acquired it in the 1950's. The only reference that I can find is a brief description and one picture in the 4th edition of Mauser Military Rifles of the World, pg. 157-158 (Ball)...
  16. GEM

    Scrubbed G98?

    I am new to this forum but not new to Mausers. Joined specifically to see if any of the members can help ID an unusual G98 that I picked up recently. The guy I bought it from said it was a WW II vet bring back from the late WW II Volksturm. The receiver and associated parts have been...

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