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Old April 18, 2013, 08:31 PM   #8
James K
Join Date: March 17, 1999
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It is (or was) a Czech VZ-24, made for Persia (now Iran). The left side markings are Farsi and read: "Carbine [short rifle] Model 1312, Brno Arms Factory". The original number was 12831. I have no idea who put on the "89" or what it meant.

The VZ-24 is usually considered among the best of the 98 Mausers and has been the basis for many fine sporters as well as a collectors item in the original condition.

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