View Full Version : Question about Israeli FN Mauser

Calamity Jane
October 20, 2001, 02:51 PM
My husband and I got an old Israeli FN Mauser as a fixer upper. He's got it looking great, and it shoots great, too.

Our question is this: there is a small dove carved into the buttstock (at least, it looks like a dove - it's definitely *some* sort of bird). We have heard that this has been found on other Israeli Mausers. Does anyone know the significance of this bird?


Calamity Jane
October 25, 2001, 11:30 PM
Still hopin' someone knows! :)

October 30, 2001, 10:42 AM
Don't know of anything like that. Does it look professionally done or does it look like someone was just passing the time of day with a pocketknife?
I should imagine it was an individual that decorated their rifle. It happens fairly often.

Calamity Jane
October 31, 2001, 02:49 AM
It looks casually done to the point that hubby and I thought the same thing as you, that it was an individual soldier who had carved the image into the stock.

However, a buddy of ours said he heard that other Isreali Mausers were decorated in a similar fashion (with the same image) - and that got us wondering about the background of doing so, if anyone might have heard of this or about a story behind it, etc.

Oh, if only old guns could talk! Thanks for the feedback! :)