SOLD FOR: $1081
Model: Mannlicher Schoenauer Model 1908 Carbine
Serial Number: 16199
Year of Manufacture: 1937
Caliber: 8×56 Mannlicher Schoenauer, AKA 8×56 MS
Action Type: Bolt Action, 5 Round Internal Rotary Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “OESTERR. WAFFENFABR.- GES. STEYR”. The top of the receiver is marked “MADE IN AUSTRIA / Patent”. The right side of the receiver and barrel shank are each marked with the serial number “16199”. The left of the barrel shank and the bottom-front of the receiver are each marked with an “NPV” proof, the barrel shank also has an eagle proof. The bottom of the receiver and barrel are each marked “37.”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “-2”, the bottom of the barrel “+2”. The bottom of the barrel is also marked with a Vienna proof. The top of the barrel is marked “WALTER DITTMANN, HAMBURG”. The bolt handle is marked “16199”, found again on the inside of the stock, the inside of the trigger guard and the front face of the trigger assembly, the bolt sleeve is marked “99”, found again on the front sling swivel, the inside of the buttplate’s trapdoor and inside of the nosecap.
Barrel Length: 20″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded dovetailed to a finely checkered, ramped base fixed to the front of the barrel. The rear sight has a fixed “U”-notch and a taller folding “U”-notch leaf marked “300” in a base dovetailed to a boss at the rear of the barrel. The chamber ring and the left of the bridge have been equipped with quick-detach bases for a scope (no scope included).
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered walnut full stock with nosecap, capped pistol grip, straight comb with cheekpiece, serrated steel buttplate with trapdoor covering three cylindrical storage compartments and sling swivels front and rear. The stock has a few scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches with a more notable ding on the right below the front edge of the receiver. There is a short, thin crack at the front of the forward mounting screw in the bottom of the forend. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips. The LOP measures 14″ from the front trigger and 13 1/4″ from the rear trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear, mostly at the heel, with well defined serrations. The stock rates in about Very Good-Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. There are a few scattered minor nicks, scuffs and scratches. The action shows light operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a nice Model 1908 Mannlicher Schoenauer Carbine that was made by Steyr in 1937. It appears to have had a gentle life. The rifle still has a deep blue finish and the bore is still bright. It comes with a spoon bolt handle, internal rotary magazine, double set triggers, 2 leaf rear sight, hand checkering and deep crisp markings on the metal. This will make a wonderful addition to a collection of vintage European sporting rifles, especially if you’re a fan of the Mannlicher-Schoenauer. Please see our photos and good luck!