Model: Model 1896
Serial Number: 507283
Year of Manufacture: 1923
Caliber: 6.5x55 Swedish
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Magazine
Markings: The top of the chamber ring is marked with the Swedish Crown, and “Carl Gustafs Stads / Gevarsfaktori / 1923”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a boxed “SA”, “BF”, and “507283”. There is also a Crown acceptance mark on the back right side of the bolt, and “283” on the left. The top of the bolt release is also marked “283”. The magazine plate is marked with a Crown and “083”. The forend band is marked with a Crowned “560”. The top of the butt plate is marked with a crowned “283”. The right front of the barrel is marked with the import marks “CAI St. Alb. VT. / M96 6.5x55 Sweden”.
Barrel Length: 29.10 inches
Sights / Optics: The rifle is mounted with a “V” notch rear ladder sight marked from “7-20”. The front side of the sight is marked with a Swedish Crown, and “3 4 5 6”, for use with the elevator type base when the sight is flipped down. The front sight is a military blade dovetailed in a base atop the barrel. The left side of the front sight is marked “+0.5” as is its base. The right side of the front sight is marked with a Crown, and the base with a “T”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece stocks are oil finished with slings attached to the butt and forend/handguard band. The forend has finger grooves on both sides. The right side of the stock has a brass bore gauge imbedded in the stock. The outer row of numbers is marked “6,51” and the inner row “6,48”. (See http://candrsenal.com/tip-how-to-read-swedish-mauser-stock-disks for more information than we can provide here.). The disk is slightly tarnished with verdigris around the edge, which should easily clean-up. There are four holes/indentations just behind the disk to which another plate had been attached. The left side of the stock shows compression marks just below the rear sight, and another at the comb, with 2 long horizontal scratches. The LOP measures 13 7/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. Despite the handling marks indicated, this stock is in Excellent overall condition for a military rifle.
Type of Finish: Blued
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dark and the rifling is sharp. There is no visible erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows surface loss at the front edge of the barrel, the sides of the front sight base and the front barrel band. The barrel also shows handling marks on the underside above the tip of the cleaning rod. The rear sight shows surface loss and thinning. The screw heads are show slight distress, and retain most of their bluing. The markings are clear and easy to read. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent overall condition.
Mechanics: The rifle functions correctly and the action is smooth and locks up tight. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with an old leather sling with minor surface loss but no cracks, and could use some saddle soap. It is in Very Good condition. The original cleaning rod included with the rifle.
Our Assessment: The Model 1896 rifle in 6.5x55mm was adopted in 1896 for infantry use, replacing the Model 1867-89 Remington rolling block rifle. Swedish production (under license) started in 1898 at Carl Gustafs, and continued until 1925. The Swedish Mauser has a very good reputation for accuracy and even today it is the preferred rifle for Moose hunting in Sweden. This rifle is in outstanding condition, complete with cleaning rod and bore gauge, and while it would make a great deer rifle, it is probably of more interest to the serious collector looking to upgrade their collection of Swedish military rifles.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This C&R eligible rifle is transferable in California.
LSB#: 121108TW05 Make: Mauser Model: Model 1896 Serial Number: 507283 Year of Manufacture: 1923 Caliber: 6.5x55 Swedish Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with I
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