With the help of some poorly translated Czech. websites, I think I have figured out the VZ23 serial number blocks.
A-I blocks: 90,000 VZ23 ordered autumn 1922 (bayonet VZ23 long, 400mm blade or VZ23 short, 250mm blade[?])
A-H blocks: 80,000 VZ23 started May 1923, produced by end of 1923
I block: 10,000 VZ23A delivered in July 1924 with new rear sight
J-M blocks: 40,000 VZ24 (still in VZ23 stocks) ordered December 30, 1923 (aka Transitional VZ24)
Change to add wrist swivel determined February 7, 1924 (bayonet VZ24, 300mm blade)
N and later blocks: VZ24 made in VZ24 stock September 1924 and later
History : A brief history of MS. rifle mod. 24 (3)
Posted on Thursday, 23 November 2006 @ 00:00:00 CET by David_Pazdera
In the penultimate part of our seriálku comes to recap on how the actually rifle mod. Became vz 98 rifle. 24th Filling Order 40000 opakovaček Mauser mod. 98 and vz. 98/22, in which the permission is still used by each MNO non-replaceable components purchased in Germany, Zbrojovka Brno lasted until the end of 1923. Since the second half of the deliveries have also conducted further modified design, which was created in response to demand shorter rifles autumn 1922nd Order Total 90,000 shortened mauserovek already traveled to Brno in late 1922 with their solutions in the form of a "single gun" that should meet the needs of infantry and cavalry and artillery, will not work until May 1923rd The new rifle mod. 23 was 1100 mm long (590 mm barrel) and from the model 98/22 long 1250 mm (740 mm barrel) also differed mainly solved differently belt loops: the bottom bracket was moving strap on his bottom and solid loop on the left side, third strap was pivotally mounted on a plate bolted to the bottom hlavišti stock. In this embodiment, by the end of 1923 produced 80,000 guns mod. 23, which in arms-technical office at Zbrojovka Brno took over in January 1924th The remaining 10,000 units were delivered in 1924 with a new visor with interchangeable curved side walls base looks, making it of these rifles can shoot both the original charge and the new ammunition with different ballistic performance. Such amended guns were labeled model. 23 A . On 30 December 1923 was issued an order for another 40,000 shortened rifles, whose form was determined at the Armaments Commission 7th February 1924. A key change was the approval of the side tabs on the butt of the neck (the length of the blade of the bayonet was fixed at 300 mm). From September 1924 were as follows solved rifle known as the Mk. 24 . Completion soon.
ARČSR after its establishment needed a new rifle as 300,000 rifles Mannlicher vz. 95 which had only 68 million rounds (only about 225 rounds per gun). This type rifles after replacing rifle vz.24 got out of active service in war zálohy.Výrobou new rifles was charged Zbrojovka Brno.Její final result was a rifle vz .24. This rifle was adjusted rifle mod. 98, which were licensed copies of the Mauser rifle model 1898th Originally she was to be used and was chartered in 1921. The army came only in the number of 10,000 units, in 1922 it was decided to replace the rifle model. 98/22, which had no original German visor, but? Mexican 'and otherwise dealt nadpažbí. The total number of copies of these weapons was 40 000 (30 000 vz.98/22) and were used in these other swap components. The order was fulfilled in 1923. Already in 1922, but was ordered shorter rifle in the number 90000 and so the rifle vz.23, from model 98/22 with different length and different solved the belt loops. In the same year we supplied 80,000 of these rifles, which in arms and Technology Authority took over in January 1924. The remaining 10,000 units were delivered to the following year with a new rifle, designated hledím.Tato rifle vz.23 A. before 30 December 1923 were ordered another 40,000 rifles, which had different side of the neck strap butt and bayonet blade 300 mm long, the bayonet had the designation vz.24, this rifle were named vz.24 (other name: Mauser vz.24). The final outcome expected for a few minor adjustments that make price dropped sharply. Also underwent modifications to the sniper version that the army Czechoslovakia never received. It was the first rifle in Czechoslovakia with freely interchangeable parts. Over time, the equipment was given the number 762000 pieces. Later, displacing all other rifles in the military reserves. Was successfully exported to zahraničí.Později it also used the army and the Slovak State Německa.Do table numbers of these rifles in the Czechoslovak Army lacked 300,000 units, which were represented vz.95 Mannlicher rifles. Production model 24 ended in 1942. default objects used in light fortifications in front of them was 5 They had it all there, except shooters kulometů.Sloužila loopholes to defend the entrance and improvised the main střílny.A mainly in the forests and in the May mobilization. In the interwar period, the rifle vz.24 Camel civilian version Z. The barrel length was 540 mm or 520 mm. Calibre is denoted as 8/57. Later, after the war, and vz.98 vz.24 rifles were modified to meet the needs of hunters due to lack of hunting weapons. Technical data: vz.98 rifle and vz. 98/22 (only difference is the visor and nadpažbím) * Manufacturer: Zbrojovka Brno year: 1922-1923 arms length: 1250 mm Barrel length: 740 mm Caliber: 7.92 mm magazine capacity: 5 rounds Muzzle velocity: 860 m / s in service: about 10,000 (vz.98), 40000 (vz.98/22) Rifle Mk. 23 (varies belts), vz.23 A (different looks), vz. 24 (varies belts) * Manufacturer: Zbrojovka Brno since 1937 in addition armament race in Považská Bystrica Year: 1923-1942 (vz.24), 1923-1924 (vz.23), 1924 (vz.23 A) length Weapons: 1100 mm (1400 mm with bayonet for vz.24) Barrel length: 589.3 mm length blade bayonet vz.24 (for rifle vz.24): 300 mm length and width of the belt at vz.24: 110cm, width 3.5 cm caliber: 7.92 mm magazine capacity: 5 rounds Range: 2000 m Muzzle velocity: 860 m / s Weight: 4.08 kg (with bayonet vz.24 has 4,484 kg) in service with MS. Army: 762,000 units (vz.24), 80000 (vz.23), 10000 (vz.23 A) in service with the Slovak Army: 176 000kusů (vz.24) vz.24 of ammunition for the army: 424,000 000 pieces, furthermore 141 million pieces of ROP in stock (for vz.24): First Republic is a nut, produced under the Protectorate be made of laminated veneer exports according to data from 1942 (vz.24): Romania - 750,000 units Bolivia - 101,000 pieces China - 195,000 units in Japan - 40,000 pieces of Yugoslavia - 10,000 pieces Spain - 40,000 pieces Iran - 30,000 pieces of Brazil - 15,000 pieces Lithuania - 15,000 pieces of Turkey - 40,000 pieces of Columbia - 10000 pieces Ecuador - 30,000 pieces of Uruguay - 4000 pieces Peru - 5000 Guatemala - 4000 pieces
Rifle Mk. 23 caliber 7.92 mm Mauser system is the final precursor rifle mod. 24 , which at the time of the First Republic, formed the most popular Czechoslovak weaponry. infantry.
At the beginning of the Czechoslovak Republic was the state the number of infantry weapons deplorable, armament was looking here and there, in small quantities, often from war production and therefore poor quality, various designs and calibres. The first step towards the Mauser rifles was made shortly after the First World War, when it was purchased by the Dutch block of 57,000 rifles Mauser mod. 1898, which came from the German armaments division disarmed after the armistice on Dutch territory. It turned out that this rifle has a better design and more favorable ballistic properties than the Austro-Hungarian rifle of Mannlicher with přímotažným Finally, talk to her and wartime experiences. Construction of the model 23 is just an adaptation of the German Mauser rifle.
In 1920, Czechoslovak Zbrojovka Brno state bought the complete documentation and manufacturing machinery for the production model 1898 Mauser rifles from Germany and during the year, fully arranged for the production of rifles of this system. First began to produce military rifles partly assembling components purchased more war in Germany and partly own novovýroby some parts. The first type was described as a model 98/22 (total length without bayonet 1250 mm, 740 mm barrel).
Another production rifles, later called vz. 23, took place at the company has completely Czechoslovak Zbrojovka Brno state. From the first type 98/22 differed distinctly solved loops for belt and especially shorter barrel. Both patterns but did not allow interchangeability of components between different pieces of the same pattern and because it was still a large number of parts that require manual completion (interchangeability but not even the first orders of the MNO required). Production model 23 rifles took place between December 1922 and were produced in total and the army passed 90,000 units (80,000 units mod., 23 and 10 000 pcs vz. 23a). Firearms Technical Office at Zbrojovka Brno rifles took over in January 1924 and they were immediately assigned to the equipment. Originally delivery notes were designated as "short rifle mod. 98 ", later" model. 98/23 "and up in arms according to the draft technical oddělnení finally rifle mod. 23 .
the last 10,000 rifles were equipped with a new visor with interchangeable curved side walls visor base, making it of these rifles can shoot both older hub and new ammunition with different ballistic performance 1 ) . Such amended to label as weapons mod. 23a and were delivered in July 1924.
You shoot the piece is on the left side of breech marked "E", a lion in a circle 2 ) and two digits of the year, taking over "23", below that is marked "D 1560". Above the chamber is stamped with the manufacturer's name "MS. Wed ZBOJOVKA BRNO ". At the end of the handle is stamped on the top of the "N4 3662". The ring on the barrel of the rifle is marked "9 HN "and" 405 ".
Rifle Mk. 23 is a repeating rifle with a revolving conclusion Mauser system tray and stored in the barrel with a capacity of 5 rounds in two rows. Caliber ammunition used is 7.92 × 57 Mauser edgeless cartridge (cartridges with keyway) and conical (ogival) missile. The rear sight is adjustable to 100 meters from 300 to 2000 m.
Rifle Mk. 23
Weight of rifle
Length Rifles 1100 mm
mainly 590 mm
deliberate 505 mm
860 m / s
7.92 × 57 Mauser
The rifle belonged and bayonet model. 23 , which was designed according to the requirement on the basis of the MNO RU Mannlicher bayonet model. 95th It was produced in several versions:
•long - in variants with the blade away from the main and toward the barrel, otherwise the same design, total length 537 mm, blade length 403 (400) mm, inner collar diameter 15.5 mm, length 415 mm sheath, known as bayonets vz. 23 exported to Iran,
•short - only vzráběný design with cutting edge toward the barrel, length 384 mm, blade length 250 mm, length 363 mm vagina.
Marking is located on the bayonet blade below the crossbar - from one side "CSZ" from the second letter "E", MS. lion in the ring, and the last two digits of the year, taking over "23". Markings on rostrums vagina was the same as the bayonet. Marking of the unit to hilt (not as usual on the later head hilt) is unfortunately very difficult to read (and probably 7155). His photographs will be added later. Remarks:
1) A new type of ammunition was in 1923 still in the development stage.
2) Acceptance Mark MS. Army, little lion, was struck in 1924 in design in the ring, and in 1925 was larger lion and no ring.
•FIDLER, George - pole Vaclav Encyclopedia Armed Forces of the Czechoslovak Republic 1920-1938, Libri, Prague 2006.
•MOUDRÝ, Paul: Bayonets Czechoslovakia, Ars-Arm, Prague 1992nd
•PAZDERA, David: A brief history of MS. rifle mod. 24 (3), [online] http://www.guns-info.cz/modules.php?...ticle&sid=1336 , 7 7th 2010th
•Set, Miroslav: Czechoslovak small arms and machine guns, our troops, 2005.
•http://hranicari.webgarden.cz/cz-vz-24 , [ online ] , 18 8th 2010th