The reason I like Auction arms is that I can load more pictures which show more of the beauty in a firearm. Forgive me for the wordiness but if you stick with me you will know more than you probably did not want. Carl Gustafs Swedish Mauser 6.5x55 for the modern hunter/collector. It has a full leather sling. The cleaning rod has been removed. Carl Gustafs 1896 Swedish Mauser also called the m-96. The production date on this rifle is 1919 with all matching serial numbers. A gunsmith replaced the broken sight with a new adjustable aperture sight. The ladder graduated between 300-600 meters or 656 yards is adjusted and placed in the down position for firing. It is shown up in some pictures so it can be seen. Swedish Steel is known as the best and the Swedish Mauser the most accurate. Further information I found use full is an article by Chuck Hawks. I have substituted my rifles #s where applicable. The Swedish m/96 rifle, which civilians generally call the Swedish Mauser Model 1896 or just the "Swedish Mauser," was introduced two years after the famous 6.5x55 cartridge and became its most enduring home. Both rifle and cartridge were tremendously successful. The 6.5x55 cartridge went on to become one of the world's finest sporting cartridges, widely used by both target shooters and hunters to this day. The Model 1896 rifle remained the primary Swedish service rifle until 1938, when the Model 38 was adopted, and the Model 38 was basically an 1896 with a 24" barrel and an aperture rear sight. The basic 1896 action soldiered into the 1950's, when it was finally replaced by a self-loader. The 6.5x55 cartridge combines the virtues of moderate recoil, reasonable trajectory, and good killing power. It is a medium capacity cartridge that has been proven all over the world. RCBS reports that 6.5x55 reloading dies have consistently been on their top 30 best seller list for many years. Thousands of surplus Model 1896 Swedish Mausers were imported into the U.S. during the 1950's and 1960's, introducing large numbers of American hunters to both the 6.5x55 cartridge and the Swedish Mauser service rifle. The m/96 became one of the most desirable surplus rifles. Valued by shooters because it simply shot better, on average, than anything else and by collectors because of its exquisite quality and workmanship. The m/96 is probably the finest of all the early Mausers. Sweden remained neutral in both the First and Second World Wars ("Neutrality through strength" was one Swedish motto). This means that there were no "wartime production" short cuts taken with Swedish Mausers, unlike the military rifles of almost all major combatants in the great world conflicts. There are no inferior Swedish m/96 rifles. Indeed, the fit and finish of the m/96 is often superior to that of new commercial rifles costing far more. My example was made by CARL GUSTAFS STADS GEVARSFAKTORI in 1919, and it shames most of the new rifles being made today. This can be taken as a commentary on both the quality and workmanship of the m/96 and the lack of it in many modern rifles. The action is typical of early Mauser designs, with two front locking lugs, a 90 degree bolt lift, a full length extractor for controlled feed (this requires that cartridges be fed into the chamber from the magazine), and a fixed ejector. The Model 96 cocks on closing and the bolt handle does not serve as an auxiliary locking lug. The bolt handle protrudes straight out from the right side of the action. It is apparently brazed to the bolt body, and carries a serial number that matches the bolt and the rifle. The bolt knob is smooth and round and easy to grasp. The one-piece striker (firing pin) protrudes from the rear of the bolt when cocked, and can be lowered by hand if the user has a strong thumb or fingers. The three-position safety is located at the rear of the bolt, concentric with the striker, and rotates through approximately 180 degrees. Fully counter-clockwise (as seen from the shooter's position) is "fire," fully clockwise is "safe" and locks the bolt closed, and the intermediate straight-up position is "safe" but the bolt can be opened. This allows the magazine to be emptied by operating the bolt with the rifle still on "safe." This intermediate position also allows the bolt to be disassembled when it is removed from the rifle. The bolt release is a machined steel lever located at the left rear of the receiver that is pulled outward to release the bolt. Everything about the m/96 action radiates quality. All parts are carefully machined from steel. All key parts bear matching serial numbers (947 the last 3 of the entire H K 476947), from the butt-plate to the forward barrel band. HK are the inspectors initials. The magazine follower is machined steel. After the last round fired and ejected, the follower locks the bolt open for rapid reloading (this was accomplished by means of stripper clips in military service). The magazine box is made of steel, as is the floor-plate. The floor-plate itself is not hinged, but is quick detachable for unloading by means of a recessed button at its rear. Use a ballpoint pen or the tip of a bullet to release the magazine floor-plate. The roomy trigger guard is also machined from steel. The trigger is a typical two-stage military type. After the initial slack is taken-up (the first stage), the sear is cleanly released with about 4.75 pounds of pressure (the second stage). This rifle weighs just over 8 lbs loaded with leather sling, so the 4.75 pound trigger pull is proportionately lighter than it sounds. Unlike many classic military rifles, and almost all modern military rifles, the m/96 stock was clearly designed with an eye for line as well as function. Its overall appearance is slender and well formed, accentuated by its 29" barrel. It wears a straight-hand wood stock with a tapered 3/4 length forearm, oval in cross section, that is secured by a barrel band at the front. There is also a thin 14" hand-guard that runs from the front receiver ring about half way to the muzzle, also secured by a barrel band. Steel sling swivels are standard. Various woods were used, but the stock on my m/96 is straight grain walnut of an attractive color. The classy looking butt-plate is steel. These stocks were, after all, built for strength. The comb is high and straight, like most modern stocks. This was done to accommodate the tall ladder-type open rear sight, and it is also ideal for use with a scope. The length of pull measures a modern 14". Although designed in 1896, this stock is quite modern in shape and feel and will seem familiar to anyone who shoots a rifle with one of today's "modern classic" stocks. One last point about the m/96 stock. There is a brass disc about 30mm in diameter embedded into the right side of the butt-stock. There are actually three disc variations, an early 2-screw disc, a later 2-screw disc, and a 1-screw disc. My rifle has the one screw type disc, and the information that follows pertains only to the one screw disc. rifle. The one screw disc is divided into 3 sections, each of which is marked in such a way as to reveal some information about that particular rifle. The smallest "slice" of the brass disc bears the numbers 1, 2, and 3 with a triangular punch mark over one of the numbers. This indicates the condition of the bore. No punch mark is perfect. 1 ( triangle punch mark above) means a very few dark areas in the corners of the lands and grooves. 2 indicates rust in the corners of the lands and grooves and possible light rust in the grooves. 3 indicates spots of light rust throughout the grooves, but no sharp edges; this is still acceptable. A rifle scoring lower than 3 was rebarreled. My rifle is a 1, but any rifle passed by the Swedish armorers will shoot very well, as the inspectors were quite picky. The bore of my rifle looks good to the naked eye. The next slice of the little brass disc indicates the elevation aiming error when shooting the standard m/41 Swedish service load, which used a 140 grain boat-tail spitzer bullet at a MV of around 800 m/s. There are three Swedish words in this sector of the disc. "Torped" indicates the 140 grain BT spitzer bullet (there was an earlier 156 grain RN bullet), "Overslag" means over, followed by a space and then "Str." Str is the abbreviation for streck, a unit of angle, and there are 6300 streck to a circle. Streck were used in a manner similar to the way North American shooters use minutes of angle. If there is a number in the blank space between Overslag and Str. it indicates the amount the rifle shoots over in terms of streck. This rifle has no number, meaning it does not shoot over. The largest slice of the disc has an outer and an inner arc of numbers. The outer arc bears numbers "6.5" followed by the numbers 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 (my rifle has a punch mark over the "0"). The inner arc bears the numbers 9,0,1 followed below #s 2;3;4;5(triangle punch mark over a number 0 in the inner arc on my rifle). According to Mats, these numbers reveal the actual diameter of the bore between 6.46mm and 6.59mm in hundredths of a millimeter. The m/96 is a very accurate service rifle. This was proven during the early years of the 20th Century, when the various powers held international service rifle matches. The host country provided the rifles and ammunition used in these matches to all of the teams so that all competitors used the host nations service rifle. In the entire history of this series of matches, the best scores across the board were not shot with the U.S. M-1903 Springfield, the British Lee-Enfield, or the vaunted German Model 98 Mauser, but with the Swedish m/96 and the Swiss Schmidt-Rubin rifles. These are the most accurate of the classic bolt action military rifles. This Swedish Mauser is in my belief to be one of the finest examples of the Mauser rifle. The level of craftsmanship and detail is incredible. I will include a translation from 1977 a swedish rifle manual as applicable to this mauser as it was to the later. there is also a swedish mauser bayonet and scabbard available for an extra $75.00 if the buyer desires. The serial numbers are not matching to this rifle it is 498 where all matching serial #s on the rifle are 947. It is a WW II m/96 mauser bayonet made by Eskilstuna Jern Manufacturing, Inc. of historical value, beautiful shape with leather belt loop modified frog for m/58 Ag42b web gear to metal scabbard. The bayonet is a testament to the longevity of this incredible rifle and it’s accouterments.
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