The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The North Corral > Curios and Relics

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old May 22, 2009, 07:54 PM   #1
dahermit
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 28, 2006
Location: South Central Michigan...near Ohio, Indiana.
Posts: 3,534
Mystery Mauser

I have a Large Ring M98 8mm Mauser that I need help identifying. There is no crest on receiver ring. The only numbers is the apparent serial number on the right hand side of the receiver ring. It is starts with a "V". Bolt, bottom metal and stock are marked with the same serial number minus the "V". The bolt is blued and turned down, and the bolt knob is flat on the bottom. The only other marks are small circles with a "V" inside stamped in several places on the bottom metal, as are a rhombus or trapezoid with either a "W" inside or an "M". Attached is a picture.
I am interested in country of origin.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg mauser.JPG (65.9 KB, 125 views)
dahermit is offline  
Old May 23, 2009, 08:53 AM   #2
Wulfmann
Senior Member
 
Join Date: November 15, 2007
Location: Central Florida
Posts: 188
Looks like a M48BO a Yugoslav made in the 1950s 8MM 98 Mauser.

The BO means Unmarked (bez oznaka) as the commie crest was put on those M48s that were intended for Yugo army service and those unmarked were built for exports or foreign sale.

Wulfmann
__________________
"The right to bear arms should not be infringed upon if only to prevent tyranny in government". Thomas Jefferson, Constitutional debates
Wulfmann is offline  
Old May 23, 2009, 09:15 AM   #3
dahermit
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 28, 2006
Location: South Central Michigan...near Ohio, Indiana.
Posts: 3,534
Whoops. There is an import stamp on the bottom of the barrel, under the cleaning rod. "YUGO M96".

So, it is a Yugoslavian manufacture.
dahermit is offline  
Old May 23, 2009, 08:02 PM   #4
surg_res
Senior Member
 
Join Date: September 29, 2005
Location: Texas
Posts: 568
"m96" or "m98" The Yugo M96 doesn't ring a bell with me.
__________________
----
surg_res is offline  
Old May 27, 2009, 04:14 PM   #5
iamdug
Member
 
Join Date: May 26, 2009
Posts: 35
Yep...

All I got is that it's not German. Maybe a former occupantee of Germany, but not German.

Last edited by iamdug; May 28, 2009 at 10:59 AM.
iamdug is offline  
Old May 29, 2009, 10:40 AM   #6
Kaiser sose
Junior Member
 
Join Date: May 29, 2009
Location: Oregon
Posts: 8
I have 3 Mausers, 2 yugo M48s' and a M63 "Tanker" Mauser chambered in .308 caliber. One of my Yugo's is in mint condition, I find it to be a fine mid-range rifle; the other Yugo I'm currently restoring. My M63 on the other hand is hard to put down, being chambered in winchester .308 I don't have the corrosion problem of the 8mm; and on a good day I can shoot 3" groups at 150yrds, a very accurate little carbine indeed.
Kaiser sose is offline  
Old June 2, 2009, 09:02 PM   #7
Thermodyne
Senior Member
 
Join Date: June 2, 2009
Posts: 111
AFAIK the M48's are a 1945 update to the k98 to make it quicker and cheaper to build. More stampings and welding etc. The BO's were of 1950's manufacture and intended as a backup source if the surplus MN's ran out. The AK47 was not being exported yet. The Chinese picked up the slack and the BO's were never used. Non BO marked weapons usually have 1944 or 1945 marked on the barrel, which was made in Germany, and may or may not have seen use. Almost all were captured and stored by the Soviets.
Thermodyne is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:39 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.07811 seconds with 10 queries