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Old 09-28-2011, 03:13 AM   #1
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I stopped in at a small grocery store/gas station in northern Michigan a few years ago. While looking through some of the weapons for sale there (they were also dealers), I noticed a 1900 Oberndorf am Nekar model 96, 6.5x55 mm. I got it for about $325, and bought it because i had owned one while stationed in Germany in the '80's. Imagine my surprise after disassembling it to clean and inspect it, to find that EVERY piece, including all of the wood, had MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERS! The rifle is in excellent shape, and will still shoot accurately after 111 years! The Krauts really knew how to build a fine rifle! wktipton, SSG, USA, Military Police, Retired

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Old 09-28-2011, 10:20 PM   #2
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I stopped in at a small grocery store/gas station in northern Michigan a few years ago. While looking through some of the weapons for sale there (they were also dealers), I noticed a 1900 Oberndorf am Nekar model 96, 6.5x55 mm. I got it for about $325, and bought it because i had owned one while stationed in Germany in the '80's. Imagine my surprise after disassembling it to clean and inspect it, to find that EVERY piece, including all of the wood, had MATCHING SERIAL NUMBERS! The rifle is in excellent shape, and will still shoot accurately after 111 years! The Krauts really knew how to build a fine rifle! wktipton, SSG, USA, Military Police, Retired
Your rifle is a Swede M96, built by Oberndorf using Swedish steel. The acceptance stamps are Swede. Oberndorf only made them for 2 years. They are hard to come by as they are the rarest of the M96's. Design is a Swedish improvement on the '95 action. The Swedes set up the equipment, sent the steel over and German labor built them. Swedish CG M96's are no less accurate, just easier to find. All matching is the norm with these rifles. A few years ago that was an OK price. Now owning one at that price is awesome!
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Cool! Pictures?

I always found that the Swedes were most accurate with the nice, hot Swedish surplus 6.5x55 ammo.

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Mauser produced the m96 for over 4 years. Some 40,000 of them.

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Actually Oberndorf only produced them in 1899 and 1900. 7% of the total number of M96's.

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