Make: Czechoslovakian contract for Persia
Model: Cavalry Carbine; Czech Model 30; Persian Model 1317 (page 285 of Robert Ball’s “Mauser Military Rifles of the World”)
Serial Number: 2014 - A (translated)
Year of Manufacture: 1938
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Magazine
Markings: There are no visible import marks on the rifle. The top of the receiver is marked with the Persian crest which includes a “crown / sun / lion holding a sword”. All the markings are in Farsi. Translation and information is taken from pages 240-245 of Joe Puleo’s “Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number on the left and “RIFLE MODEL 1317” as well as the production facility name on the right. The right side of the receiver is marked with Persian acceptance marks. The rear of the bolt handle is marked with a different number than the receiver. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked with a circled “Z” and “P 4”. The bottom rear of the bolt body is marked with a small “happy face”. The underside of the bolt handle is checkered. The rear sight is marked from “1 - 20”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 18”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set between two protective ears that are milled as part of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notched, sliding elevator assembly marked from “1 – 20”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece, hardwood stock has finger grooves, a pistol grip, a metal nose cap, metal marking disk, metal barrel band with an attached ring and sling loop, a second sling loop under the butt and a metal butt plate. The left side is cracked and missing a portion of the edge wood at the receiver. There is a ¾” hairline crack at the rear of the receiver. There is a ½” crack on the right side at the rear of the receiver. There are compression marks, scratches and scrapes throughout. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Good to Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is lightly worn. There is light erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 10% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows wear, fading and handling marks. The nose cap and bottom metal show scratches. The barrel show light scratches and other marks. The front sight wings show scratches. The screw heads show heavy use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork& Accessories: The rifle comes with an unmarked brown leather sling that has metal attachments. The metal is discolored and shows wear. The leather is worn. The sling is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: We usually see Persian Long Rifles, we occasionally see Persian Model 49 Carbines but Persian Cavalry carbines are something we usually don’t see due to their scarcity. The Persian Cavalry Carbines were made by the Czechs for the Persians, so these are high quality Mausers. This one has lost most of its finish, but its markings are very deep & defined and the bore is in Very Good condition. This is a great Mauser to add to your Military collection. These are hard to find so get yours now.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is curio and relic eligible and can be transferred/sold in California.
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