A STUNNING as well as Truly Classic Bolt action .22 Rim Fire Rifle. Fully Stamped with the Mauser Factory Trade Mark Banner, Mauser Werke AG Oberndorf Address and DR P DRGH PATRONE. Both the action and barrel are each serial number stamped too.
I have certainly never seen one like this before. Certainly only a handful of other .22 RF rifles, in all my years of dealing with guns, as Pretty as this. BUT I AM totally unfamiliar with this particular Mauser model so …
MORE than happy to learn something new about this / these rifles and ESPECIALLY this particular example.
It weighs in at 6 Lbs 6 oz (2.885 Kg) with an overall length 0f 43 5/8” (1108 mm). The barrel measures 25 ½” (650 mm) and is a semi-heavy profile. Tapering from 9/10” (23 mm) to 13/20” (16 mm) at the original and still unthreaded muzzle. (Thankfully).
Unfortunately there is no shroud and only the existing front bead. This slides into a small dovetail, held in place with a small spring loaded ‘button’. It is highly possible I might have something suitable to fit if required. The corresponding Rear Open / Iron Sight is Micro Windage adjustable by means of a small turn screw. It is Graduated for elevation from 30 to 200 Meters by means of a push button slide. There are even sub division points between the main distance settings.
The Action is factory machined with a standard width scope mount dovetail. Bolt throw is extremely low, perhaps 15 degrees, and short. The Bolt Handle is also unusual. There is no ‘knob’ rather a simple lever that is arched in x section. Side safety to the left of the action and a detachable 5 round magazine. All those details bring us to the Rather STUNNING 14 ½” (370mm) Walnut Stock. (That is inclusive of the 1” (25 mm) Red Recoil pad).
I can imagine the Walnut stock was classed as a Grade 4 or 5. Possibly even higher. It does now have a few light age related marks from use etc. IT IS STILL an EXCEPTIONAL piece of timber to find on ANY gun let alone a ‘humble little .22’. Chequering is in excellent condition, still crisp and sharp in the hand. The original blueing is also still near 100%.
Last detail is the quick fit front sling swivel point to the barrel. This fits into a ‘key hole’ with an inverted dovetail down the length. The sling swivel simply drops into the round recess, slides along the ‘leg’ and fastens to the dovetail. Turning it round to pull the thing tight locks it in place. Why an extra heavy duty sling point is fitted to the forend is another question. I have no answer to even suggest.
Everything is just THAT much better from one end to the other in comparison anything else out there.
A GENUINE COLLECTORS PIECE.