Some time last week, I was at my local candy store and I saw an old 7mm Mauser. I was told that it was a Chilean Mauser but the crest didn't look right to me, but I don't know a whole lot about Mausers. I have a VZ24 from Czechoslovakia and a M48 from Yugoslavia.
Well anyway, I was just facinated with it, so I gave the shop $125 for this old thing. When I got it home, I searched on the internet for Mauser Crests and I think that this one is an early Spanish Mauser. The crests match up OK but the place I was looking describes it as an 1895 Spanish Carbine with the overall length as 37 inches. Mine measures 46 inches so I am puzzled. I do not have any reference books on Mausers. I am going to post some pictures with the hopes that someone can tell me exactly what it is.
I know that it started out as a military weapon but the bayonet lug is missing, the rear sight has parts missing (the thing you move up and down for distance). The picture I see on the internet shows the front sight with "ears" around it but this one doesn't have any. I would like to put it back in original condition but am not sure what to order from Numrich because I don't know exactly which country it came from.
First we have a picture of the receiver Crest, it is not all that clear but it is a small Crown with a cross on top, it says in a semi circle around the crown FABRICA DE ARM-S with OVIEDO under that and 1915 under that.
A picture of the rear sight with the parts missing:
A couple of pictures of the muzzle end of of the rifle. It shows the stock going to the end of the barrel and the one of the bottom also shows where the missing bayonet lug might have been cut from. Notice no "EARS" around the front sight.
The last two are just of the butt stock and the action, nothing spectacular here:
If any one has any information that can help me find the right parts for it, I would greatly appreciate it. If you need more pictures or pictures of a particular part of the rifle, please let me know and I will post them.