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Thread: Help Identifying a mauser
08-21-2009, 06:51 AM #1
Help Identifying a mauser
I have a Mauser (I assume) that I can't readily identify.
At first glance it looks a lot like a Swedish Mauser. Straight bolt. The fit a finish are fairly nice. The stock has finger grooves. There is a spring loaded button on the inside of the trigger guard that releases the floor plate. It does not have a mauser-style safety on the bolt. The rear sight has one button on the right side, is hinged at the back, not at the front (which I found a little odd) and has a gap in the middle so they can be flipped up for long range fire. Cal. appears to be pretty small based on the bore size (not 8mm).
I could only find a few marking, none of which may help. The bolt has what appears to be "AA" stamped on it, perhaps an armorer's stamp. The serial number has what appears to be a fancy "J" in front of it.
Any help would be appreaciated. Sorry I can't post pics. I've scrubbed the internet and can't find anything.
Thanks in advance.
08-21-2009, 01:59 PM #2
Sounds like a Chilean M1895, maybe? I'm not certain, but that'd be my guess.
08-21-2009, 03:13 PM #3
I got nothing to do for an hour or so - how about some questions
1. Has the rifle been sporterized? (if the answer is yes, disregard the rest of this post)
2. How long is the rifle and barrel?
3. Is the stock straight grip or pistol grip?
4. finger grooves? yes
5. Any cartouches on stock?
6. is there a disc in the right side of buttstock? describe it.
7. Does the buttplate have a trap/lid/door?
8. does the front sight have 'ears' that protect it?
9. Rear sight - tangent or leaf? leaf, one button
10. How many barrel bands? are they numbered?
11. How many sling swivels?
12. is the bolt straight or bent? straight
13. what parts of the bolt are numbered?
14. Any markings on top of rec'r? describe them
15. Any markings on siderail of rec'r? describe them
16. Does the magazine protrude from the bottom of the stock?
17. Does the handguard stop at the rear sight or at the rec'r?
18. can you describe the safety?
19. I can't think of anymore questions.
20. So I guess I'm done.
I don't know what mauser it could be. (of course, what I don't know would fill volumes)
An Argentine '09 has a button fp release, but a tangent sight
Most (some) mausers w/ leaf sight don't have finger grooves (Swedes do)
A one button leaf sight should be the orig round nose sight.pure jebberish
"You don't think you're perfect but you do think you're always right."
08-21-2009, 04:53 PM #4
Since I don't have as much time on my hands as jebber: :D All Mausers have "Mauser type" safeties. I'd guess that your rifle is not a Mauser....unless its an early Arisaka Type 38, which also is long, has a straight bolt handle, a small bore, stock fullers (grasping grooves), a floor plate release inside the triggerguard, etc.
Last edited by John Wall; 08-21-2009 at 08:02 PM.
08-21-2009, 05:03 PM #5
You might try and pulling the wood off to look for any proof marks, that was the only way I was able to identify a nice commercial FN Mauser I picked up a long time ago.
Randy aka bpd303
08-24-2009, 03:54 PM #6
I think it is an early Arisaka type 38. It looks wildly similar to a Swede Mauser. I've apparently only seen type 99's with poorer fit and finish. Apparently things got sloppy during the war. Thanks for the help guys!
08-24-2009, 04:41 PM #7