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Old January 1, 2012, 08:19 PM   #1
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Question about the Yugo 24 47 Rifle

It is my understanding that the 24 47 Yugo Mauser Patern Rifles, are 1924 Mausers that have been rebuilt after 1947 and packed away in storage.
I have one, and its really nice, with a like new bore, and near perfect bluing.

My Question, is were any of these rifles ever used or fought with ? Does anyone know ?
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Old January 2, 2012, 03:53 AM   #2
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Probably saw action, but not in that configuration. WW2 ended in 1945, and the Yugoslavian army began switching to automatic weapons in the 1950s.

Yugoslavian 24/47s were primarily refurbished FN Model 24 rifles, as well as a mixture of Belgian, German and Czechoslovakian Mausers, mostly using parts on hand and restocking. Reworking these rifles began in 1947 and continued until sometime around 1950. The receiver rings were marked with the Yugoslavian crest, the left side of the receiver marked 24/47 and Preduzece 44.
http://www.carbinesforcollectors.com/yugoserb1.html
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Old January 2, 2012, 08:59 PM   #3
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Thanks Scorch

Thanks for the help, I was just curious about this Rifle, Its a good shooter, and well made.
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Old January 3, 2012, 07:50 AM   #4
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Yugoslavian 24/47s were primarily refurbished FN Model 24 rifles, as well as a mixture of Belgian, German and Czechoslovakian Mausers, mostly using parts on hand and restocking. Reworking these rifles began in 1947 and continued until sometime around 1950. The receiver rings were marked with the Yugoslavian crest, the left side of the receiver marked 24/47 and Preduzece 44.
http://www.carbinesforcollectors.com/yugoserb1.html

Wait a minute, lets get the record straight.

First the link posted above has more incorrect information than correct information.

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Yugoslavian 24/47s were primarily refurbished FN Model 24 rifles, as well as a mixture of Belgian, German and Czechoslovakian Mausers, mostly using parts on hand and restocking
Fab.Nat. D'Armes de Guerrel Herstal-Belgique produced the first 100K M1924's, from 1926 to 1928.

Oct 25 1928 production of the M1924 started at Kragujevac, approximately 600K M1924's were produced until 1941.

A very small percentage of M1924's were FN made rifles.

The M1924 was rearsenaled to M24/47

The German Mod 98's were rearsenaled to MOD98/48

The Czec VZ24's were rearsenaled to M24/52C

The best source for Yugoslav Mauser information is Branko Bogdanovic's book.
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Old January 4, 2012, 12:19 PM   #5
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How could you tell if your Yugo is FN made ?
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Old January 4, 2012, 05:13 PM   #6
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Check this link and check if any of the characteristics are still there. I don't know how far down they were scrubbed during the rearsenal process.
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Old January 5, 2012, 08:09 AM   #7
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How could you tell if your Yugo is FN made ?
On a original FN M1924 the left side of the receiver would have this marking.

FAB. NAT. D'ARMES de GURRE/HERSTAL-BELGIQUE

This marking was scrubbed during the conversion to M24/47 and replaced with the factory marking. The factory marking could be "PREDDUZECE 44" "ZAVOD 44" "TRZ-5". The conversion ran from 1948 to 1960.

Serial numbers with a Latin prefix were intended for export. Serial numbers with Cyrillic prefix were intended for use by the Yugo Army.
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Old January 5, 2012, 05:17 PM   #8
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Yugoslavia not only bought Model 24 rifles from FN, but also the machinery and tooling to make them. Both the FN and Yugoslav-made rifles use the so-called "safety breech" and so are not the same as the standard Model 98 Mauser, as exemplified by the Gew. 98, K.98k, Standard Modell, and Czech Vz-24. The FN and Yugoslav receivers and bolts are shorter and some accessories, like scope mounts, made for the standard Model 98 won't fit the Models 24, 24/47 and 48.

Contrary to some advertisements, none are "German", none were made on tooling set up by the Germans, and none were made especially for the SS. Model 48 rifles were made after WWII; they are not German, not K.98k's, and have little or no historical value.

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