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barrel ID help/ Is this a legitimate barrel for an Isreali Mauser?

Stopper

Active member
So I brought an Isreali Mauser built from Brno VZ24 action still in relatively hard to find 8mm. After waiting for weeks, my rifle has arrived yesterday. As expected, total mixmaster with Brno action with arched 3 line crest and K3 serial, the E lino was peened (some forum members think it was sent to Spain on another thread), Isreali style k98k stock but no 7.62 stamp, force matched bolt has German ww1 stamp on it, all other small parts have various "nasty eagle" stamps so must be from German k98k. Typical riveted front sight hood. The bore is shinny and parts all free of rust and have good degree of blue (post WW2 reblue?) Left.

Now what puzzles me is, the barrel has a long serial number and many stamps that I don't recognise. I wonder if anyone can tell what they are? I would like to know if it is an legitimate postwar barrel installed for/by the Israelis, or haven forbids, barrel pulled out of another rifle by importer/Bubba/rebuiler. I don't mind post war mixmaster refurbs as they are in a military configuration of some description but not so much if just built out of parts by civilians.

By the way, another weird bit is the absence of VZ24 on the side railScreenshot_20220922_100557~2.jpgScreenshot_20220922_095936~2.jpgScreenshot_20220922_100007~2.jpgScreenshot_20220922_095952~2.jpgScreenshot_20220922_100040~2.jpgScreenshot_20220922_100017~2.jpgScreenshot_20220922_100053~2.jpgScreenshot_20220922_100121~2.jpgScreenshot_20220922_100130~2.jpgScreenshot_20220922_100146~2.jpgScreenshot_20220922_100139~2.jpg
 

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Telperion

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The bbl is Israeli postwar for sure!! If I had to guess, I'd say that the number is an internal serial of the Israelis. There might even be a date on it (like "12-56"). I would make sure it's really 8X57 IS and not 7,62.

Cool rifle!
 

Stopper

Active member
The bbl is Israeli postwar for sure!! If I had to guess, I'd say that the number is an internal serial of the Israelis. There might even be a date on it (like "12-56"). I would make sure it's really 8X57 IS and not 7,62.

Cool rifle!
I thought about that too, I once bought a FN online the ad said 8mm but turned out to be 7.62.

This time I have learnt to chamber a dummy and drop a 311 bullet down the bore to make sure.
 

Stopper

Active member
One day I will find a proper IDF bayonet for it but for now either my Spanish bayo of CZ bayo will do. As some members seem to think the rifle may have gone to Spain before ending up in Israel, I think an unmarked Spanish bayo can be appropriate. No way I will mount a 1941 bayonet with Bolo blade on it due to the hole in the bayo lug is required to accept the bayonet (and I think it's ugly) so the later skinny copy of the German bayonet will do. I happened to have a less common bakelite grip variant that I got for my M1943. It looks pretty good on the rifle, ain fact looks better than when it's on my 1943 .
 

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Stan

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The 7.62 rifles were USUALLY stamped on top the receiver and burned into the stock on the bottom edge. Always possible someone could have replaced the barrel later (private owner) and it not getting the markings. An interesting rifle due to the possibilities of its travels.
 

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