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Old March 27, 2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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Interarms 30-06

Can someone help identify this rifle. I have a Interarms 30-06 I just bought. Fellow I bought it from says it was given to him new in 1975. It does not say Mark X on it. It does have 3 curious stamps. And says Alexander Virginia Interarms Manchester England. It has the Mauser type bolt action. And real nice Walnut stock. Did this company import some that did not have the Mark X on them? Or is this something else intirely? It also has open sites and is tapped for scope.
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Old March 27, 2012, 06:39 PM   #2
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Look on the left front side of the receiver. Mine is stamped MARK X at that point. It is possible it could be partially or entirely covered by the stock. Mine is stamped in that location. I suppose they may have left it off on some rifles as the same action was sold under different names at various times.
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Old March 31, 2012, 06:20 PM   #3
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Ok, thanks. I'll see if the name is hidden under the stock. Do you know what the stamps signify? 3 on the right side of barrell and 3 on right side of action.
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Old March 31, 2012, 07:48 PM   #4
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honeygun, you have an Interarms Mark X Viscount rifle. Prior to 1980 these rifles were made in Manchester, England and sold in the USA by Interarms located in Alexandria, VA. After 1980 these rifles were made in Yugoslavia. Hope this helps!

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Old March 31, 2012, 08:00 PM   #5
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How much ya pay for it?
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Old April 1, 2012, 10:05 AM   #6
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"Prior to 1980 these rifles were made in Manchester, England and sold in the USA by Interarms located in Alexandria, VA.'


The actions were always made in Yugoslavia, where the last of the military Model 98 Mausers (Model 48) were made and where the tooling continued to be used for the Maxk-X series imported "everywhere" by Interarms.

Manchester was an intermediate depot for Sam Cummings nee-Interarms, used for a variety of his activities. One of those was to do enough work to rifles to then be able to legally (Under UK law) stamp "Manchester" on rifles to give a "Tinge of England" on them to increase their acceptability for sale. "Churchill Mausers" maked "Churchill, Manchester" were the most obvious recipients of this sales tactic. I've got one in .375 H&H and it's a wonderful rifle. It's definately a Yugoslavian Mauser action though. Trust this, no Mauser has ever been machined out of a forging in England.


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Old April 1, 2012, 06:08 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help guys. I paid $175 for the rifle. Seems to be in very good condition.
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Old April 1, 2012, 07:10 PM   #8
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That's a steal!

If you get a more classic stock for it, it would be a world class rifle.
As-is, it's a *very* good rifle. Well done! You should be proud.


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Old April 1, 2012, 07:23 PM   #9
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$175??? Wow! Think u gotta heck of a deal there.
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Old April 2, 2012, 12:10 PM   #10
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Didn't some of the English firms also use Spanish "Santa Barbara" actions to build guns for Interarms?
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Old April 2, 2012, 03:09 PM   #11
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Hmmm..... good question actually.... Hmmm.... <scratches head>...... dim memorioes of the 1960's... Can't remember who imported those.

They were all small ring Mausers though, no? Did SB make large ring actions?


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Old April 3, 2012, 02:25 AM   #12
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^^^^

Yes, the Santa Barbara actions were all copies of the 98, i.e. large ring.

There's a little bit of info on them in Frank de Haas' book Bolt Action Rifles.
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Old April 5, 2012, 08:30 PM   #13
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Interarms 30-06

Yes, (Willie Sutton) I'm really pleased with this rifle. Gave up an 03A3 sporter that my dad had built for me when I was 12. Felt like c... for selling it (it would jam alot and I needed the money) and just wanted another 30-06 that had some history and character. Threw a "wanted " add in the antique section of a local newspaper awhile back looking for a 30-06 and got the call on this after 5 weeks. Feel very lucky to find this simple but beautiful rifle. I'll never let it go.
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Old April 7, 2012, 03:29 PM   #14
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That stock looks exactly like the one on my old Mossberg 810. Right down to the cheek swell,white-line grip spacer and checkering pattern/design. I bought the rifle new in 75, but it has the thumb safety mounted on top of the wrist, behind the action. I think you did well...
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Old October 22, 2012, 07:13 PM   #15
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30-06

Would like to know if $300 is a good price for a clean, almost new looking Interarms 30-06, or that too much?

Thanks in advance, Wayne
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Old October 22, 2012, 07:34 PM   #16
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Photos would help with identifying exactly what varient, but that sounds like a deal no matter what it is. Hard to go wrong with a Mauser.

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Old October 22, 2012, 07:59 PM   #17
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Thanks Willie. Going to see the rifle this Saturday. The description is from a co-worker who selling a few guns, most likely his Dad's old guns.

I was doing a little homework (research) on the Interarms 30-06 and found this Forum.

Thanks again, Wayne
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Old October 22, 2012, 08:04 PM   #18
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Yup, glad to have you here.

Look at the markings, it's probably a "Mark X" Mauser, which means it's a commercial Yugoslavian made action. Good in every way. Many of these are found with the classic but now dated glossy finish on an equally cdated monte carlo stock, as their 1970's vintage would dictate. Cosmetics are a matter of preference. Some were built with more "Classic" stocks, and sold as "Churchill" Mausers. All are mechanically identical and all are fine rifles.


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Old October 24, 2012, 02:00 PM   #19
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Didn't some of the English firms also use Spanish "Santa Barbara" actions to build guns for Interarms?
I've got a 30-06 Mauser with a Santa Barbara action with Parker Hale markings that was sold as a J.C. Penney rifle, complete with 4x J.C. Penney scope. I don't know if Interarms ever used a Santa Barbara action or not.
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