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sc0li0sis 05-23-2010 07:03 PM

Swedish Mauser (sniper?) Rifle
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I got a Swedish Mauser at an auction. They said it was a "Swedish Sniper 1931." I'm having a hard time finding information about this gun. There's no stamp on the receiver and the serial number begins with a S. There's a metal plate for sighting in distances on the stock. It's a nice gun, but is it really a sniper? Does anyone have any leads?


cpttango30 05-23-2010 08:06 PM

U don't know if it is a sniper rifle or not.

Here is some info about it.

On November 3, 1893 Sweden adopted the 6.5x55mm cartridge. Following this, the Swedes chose the Mauser design based rifle to shoot this round. The Swedish Mauser was manufactured relatively unchanged from 1896 to 1938. The Swedes were way ahead of the curve on using smaller caliber cartridges for military rounds, adopting the 6.5x55mm round in 1893, way before the introduction of the 5.56 NATO and other small caliber rounds around 70 years later.

Designated the Swedish m/96 Rifle or known as it is by collectors - the "Swedish Mauser", this Mauser is one of the most sought after by shooters.

Swedish Steel is a term used when referring to the steel used by the Swedish and Mauser manufacturing facilities to make the m96 rifles. The Swedes felt that their steel was far superior to all others. When Mauser was contracted to make Swedish Mausers in Germany - they were required to use Swedish Steel in the manufacturing process.

Brass disks were installed on the right side of the rifle's stock after the adoption of the m/94/41, 6.5x55mm cartridge in 1941. The disk is divided into three sections. The largest wedge represents the level of bore erosion. The second largest wedge, with words, told the shooter how much to adjust hold over for the new m/94/41 cartridge. The rifles were originally sighted for the m/94 cartridge. Notice the smallest wedge on the disk with a number 1 in the narrowest part of the wedge and the numbers 2 and 3 in the widest part of the wedge.

The number in the smallest part of the wedge is the condition of the bore:
0 means the bore is almost new;
1 means the bore is only slightly worn (this rifle);
2 means the bore is moderately worn;
3 means the rifle bore is serviceable;
4 means the barrel should be replaced.

Dcomf 05-25-2010 04:51 PM

You have a model 96 with a bent bolt at least. The plate on the side is correction factors for using the newer m/41 bullet versus the original m/94 bullet with iron sights. Is the left side of the receiver D&T'd with 3 holes? That is where the scope base would mount. Do the parts have the last 3 digits of the rifle's SN stamped on them?

jpattersonnh 05-25-2010 06:31 PM

It is simply a standard M96 w/ a bent bolt. If it were a true sniper, it should have 3 holes on the left side of the receiver, a blued bolt, and a SM-Sikte m/55 rear sight, which yours does not.

No one 06-04-2010 07:41 PM

My Swede sniper had three threaded holes on the left side of the receiver, and two unthreaded holes for alignment pins. The left side of the stock near where the threads are was relieved for mounting the scope base.

My rifle had a turned down bolt, but the bolt was not blued. All numbers matched on all parts except for one of the front bands.

sc0li0sis 06-06-2010 10:29 PM

Thank you for your replies.

There isn't a stamp on the gun's receiver top. Has anyone ever seen this? Also, the serial number begins with an S. Does anyone know why this is?

Thanks again

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