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Old October 6, 2010, 09:34 PM   #1
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Help me identify this rifle please!!!

Hey guys i have a mauser that i cant find any information on. It says fuerzas armadas de venezuela and fab.nat. d'armes de guerre herstel-belgique on the receiver. Its a pretty short gun and it has a flat bolt handle.
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Old October 7, 2010, 12:05 AM   #2
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"Fuerzas Armadas de Venezuela" is Spanish for "Armed Forces of Venezuela".
Unfortunately yours like like "Bubba" got to it at some point, it should be stocked to the muzzle. I don't have my references handy, hazarding a guess (dangerous thing!) I'd say caliber is 7MM Mauser.
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Old October 7, 2010, 12:38 AM   #3
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It is 7mm Mauser, thats the only thing i do know. Ive shot it and it shoots pretty good. I just wanna know what it is.
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Old October 7, 2010, 07:59 AM   #4
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It used to be a Venezuelan army issue Mauser model 24/30 on the 1898 action as made by FN in Belgium. I can't tell the barrel length from the picture to say if it were a short rifle or a carbine.

Bubba cut the stock back and discarded the front band and bayonet lug.
If a short rifle, he bent the bolt handle down before hammering the knob flat, if a carbine, the bolt handle was already bent but he still mashed the knob flat to look like what he thought was a sporter style.

It is strictly a shooter, any collector interest or resale value is long gone.
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Old October 7, 2010, 08:03 AM   #5
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It is strictly a shooter, any collector interest or resale value is long gone.
Which is sad, because those Central American carbines are starting to bring real money.

I lucked into mine, and it's such a handy little thing as it came from the factory that when a friend (jokingly, I hope ) suggested "scouterizing" it, I wondered why anyone would bother.
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Old October 7, 2010, 03:50 PM   #6
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Which is sad, because those Central American carbines are starting to bring real money.
Venezuela is in South America.
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Old October 7, 2010, 04:20 PM   #7
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I can't believe I did that.

Say again, except "Latin American". Yeah, that's the ticket...
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