Sold For: $1,600
Make: Brno Factory, Czechoslovakia. A contract Mauser for Persia (Iran).
Model: Model 98/29 Long Rifle (Model 1898/29)
Serial Number: R 7827 (added by the importer). The numbers correspond to the Araibic numbers stamped on the rifle.
Year of Manufacture: 1931 to 1938. Page 282 of Robert Ball’s book, Mauser Military Rifles of the World 5th Edition.
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark but a new serial number has been added by the importer. The markings are in Farsi. Translation and information is taken from pages 240-245 of Joe Puleo’s book, Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World. The top of the receiver is marked with the Persian crest “crown / sun / lion holding a sword”. The left side of the receiver marked with the new serial number “R 7627” (the Arabic numbers have been translated), the Persian serial number followed by an Arabic “letter”, and “Rifle Model 1309 BRNO Arms Factory”. The Iranian year “1309” corresponds to the Western model year of 1929, as this is a 1929 contract rifle. The right side of the receiver and the underside of the bolt handle knob are both stamped with Persian acceptance marks. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “D7” and with a Czech “circled Z”. The top of the bolt handle and right side of the buttstock are marked with the Persian serial number followed by an Arabic “letter”. The right side of the stock is marked with Arabic script below the serial number. The left side of the grip is stamped “E.S.A.”. The left side of the butt is marked “121”. The rear of the bayonet grip is marked with a “crown” and with the rifle’s serial number. The sling is marked “D. MASON & SONS LTD / WALSALL / 1941” and “E / arrow head”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 29 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set between two protective ears that were milled as part of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade attached to a sliding escalator assembly marked from “1 – 20” in Arabic.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, metal nose cap, hole for the included cleaning rod, through bolt, marking disk on the butt, stacking loop, barrel band with an attached sling loop, sling loop under the butt, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes & scratches. The nosecap & barrel band show scrapes & discoloration. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Many have damaged or removed small portions of the surface wood. Most of these have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 ? inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is semi bright. The muzzle and the grooves near the muzzle are light grey. The rifling is deep. There is light erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and areas of light discoloration from oxidation. The bottom metal also shows small tool marks and some pin prick surface erosion. The screw heads show moderate use. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements. The bayonet mounts the rifle properly.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a Czechoslovakian VZ-23 Sword Bayonet & Scabbard. This is the proper bayonet for the Czech produced 98/29 Iranian Contract Mauser. The scabbard shows scrapes and scratches. It is about Very Good Plus condition. The sword bayonet shows scrapes & scratches on the metal & wood. It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
For more on the bayonet & scabbard see worldbayonets.com/Bayonet_Identification_Guide/Iran/Iran.html .
The rifle also comes with a leather sling. It shows creasing, scrapes, and discoloration. It is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Persian Model 98/29 Long Rifle looks impressive, especially with the sword bayonet mounted. This Persian Mauser has matching Arabic numbers (we had to translate them) on the receiver, bolt, stock, and even on the bayonet…which is rare. The markings on the metal & wood are deep & clear. The markings include a large Persian crest on the receiver. The rifle was made by the Czechs at their famous Brno factory between 1931 and 1938. The orders for these Mausers were not completed as the Nazis took over Czechoslovakia prior to all rifles being made. The Czech made Persian Model 98/29 Long Rifle is considered to be one of the best Military Mausers ever made. This will add to your Military collection.
For more information see pages 280-282 of Robert Ball’s book, Mauser Military Rifles of the World 5th Edition or pages 240-245 of Joe Puleo’s, Bolt Action Military Rifles of the World. Good luck.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable? (THIS SECTION DOES NOT APPLY TO OUT-OF-STATE RESIDENTS): This C&R rifle can be transferred in California. All C&R firearms must be transferred through your local dealer OR at our Simi Valley location; we cannot ship directly to a C&R holder in California. Out of state residents can disregard this section – your local laws apply.