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Old January 1, 2006, 12:26 AM   #1
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Columbian Mauser I.d.

My first post and I need some help identifying the make of a columbian military mauser 98. I got this rifle from my Father who has dementia, however in his own list of his guns he wrote that the rifle is an F.N. converted to 30-06. I cannot find any markings on the rifle that says F.N., some parts have the marking C on them. also Famage and .30. It looks like some photos of a vz-24 that I have seen at least in the configuration of the stock. any way to tell?
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Old January 1, 2006, 10:39 AM   #2
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Dear Shooter:
I'm just guessing but "famage" to me suggests Egypt.I don't know where that comes from but it sticks in my mind as Egyptian - I could be very wrong.
As to the caliber - I'd slug the bbl and make sure it's 308 and then take a chamber cast - if it's 30-06 - AOK!
Mausers were made all over this world and yours could have been made in Czechoslovokia? So called VZ24s' were made for many countries and I just wish we had a varifiable record.
Have your Mauser checked for "set-back" and headspace before shooting.
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Old January 1, 2006, 03:10 PM   #3
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Columbia bought the FN model 1924/30 rifle and carbine before WWII.

After the war, due to free American Aid 30.06 ammo, they converted them to 30.06.
The rear receiver bridge was stamped "30", and the rear edge of the receiver ring had a small circular cut to clear the longer 30.06 rounds when loading.

These FN rifles were clearly stamped with:
"Fabrique Nationale d'Armes de Guerre" or an abbreviated version on the left side of the receiver.

On the top of the receiver ring will be Columbia's receiver ring marking with the name Columbia.

The barrel and receiver will have a variety of small FN proof and inspector's markings such as a Crown in an oval with the letters "LG".

The key identifying marks will be on the top of the receiver ring, the left side of the receiver, and on the barrel under the wood.

Often, the receiver ring stamp was removed over the years by various owners.
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Old January 1, 2006, 07:25 PM   #4
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Your rifle is a Columbian 7mm made by FN and converted to 3006 in Columbia.Famage stands for Fabrica de Material de Guarra (Factory of Military Equipment).This is where the conversion took place.I had one of these and they are nice rifles.
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Old January 3, 2006, 11:06 PM   #5
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Since this is my day to be picky, it's Colombia, not Columbia.

The usual marking is R. FAMAGE, which stands for "Reformado. Fabrica de Material de Guerra" or, literally, "Modified. [by] Factory of Materiel of War."

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