SOLD FOR: $1025
Model: Deutsches Sportmodell – also known as DSM Model 34
Serial Number: 3885
Year of Manufacture: 1934-1935
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Shot Bolt Action Rifle
Markings: The left of the barrel and receiver are marked with the serial number and German proof marks. The left of the barrel is also marked “KAL. 22 LANG FUR BUCHSEN”, the left of the receiver “MAUSER-WERKE A.G. OBERNDORF A.N.”. The top of the chamber ring has a Mauser banner logo, the right of the receiver is marked “Deutsches Sportmodell”. The bolt handle has German proofs and the last four digits of the serial number. The safety is marked with the last three digits of the serial number.
Barrel Length: 26” (66cm)
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed into the top of a checkered, ramped, banded base on the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notched sliding elevator sight. The top of the elevator is marked in 25 yard increments from “25” to “200”. There is no provision for mounting an optic or peep-sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece walnut with smooth handguard, two barrel bands with a sling loop on the left of the rear band, semi-pistol grip, straight comb, sling pass-through with hook on the right, a bolt disassembly ring mounted behind the sling pass-through and steel buttplate. The stocks have some scattered light nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches. The most notable marks are in the top and bottom of the wrist behind the receiver and trigger guard, respectively, and below the rear of the barrel on the right. There is a tiny loss at the toe. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 12 7/8″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has worn to white at the heel and toe with scattered nicks and scratches in otherwise strong finish in the face. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good-plus 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 70% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at all edges. There is scattered light finish wear in the exposed portions of the barrel and receiver. There is some more defined wear near the muzzle, as from use of a muzzle cap (none present). There are some scattered light nicks, and scratches. The bottom metal’s finish is generally strong. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good 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.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A brown leather sling is included, showing light wear and discoloration, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Mauser DSM Model 34, a .22 caliber training rifle made by several German companies before the war. This one retains good strong markings in the metal, light wear in the stocks, a great bore, and strong mechanics. At the time this rifle was produced, Hitler was the Chancellor of Germany and was in the process of secretly violating the Treaty of Versailles. The DSM 34 was a part of this violation, allowing for the drilling of citizens with military training rifles under the guise of recreational marksmanship rather than explicit military training. This example is in about Very Good condition with fairly light wear for its age and use, it should be a good shooter. This is a neat little piece of WWII history and should make for a fun day at the range. Please see our photos and good luck!