SOLD FOR: $1526
Make: Brno Factory, Czechoslovakia. A contract Mauser for Persia (Iran).
Model: 98/29 Long Rifle (Model 1898/29)
Serial Number: No Serial Number. The original serial number is in Arabic numbers.
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. 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 is marked with the Persian serial number in “Arabic numbers” 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 top of the bolt handle and right side of the buttstock are marked with the Persian serial in “Arabic numbers” number followed by an Arabic “letter”. The right side of the buttstock is also marked “Infantry”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “N3” and with a Czech “circled Z”.
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 & light discoloration. The wood shows scrapes, light scratches & compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The LOP measures 13 ¼ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright; semi bright near the muzzle. The rifling is deep. There is some fouling near the muzzle which should clean up a bit. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs & light scrapes. The top rear of the receiver shows a couple small scratches and some light discoloration. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine 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: None
Our Assessment: This Persian Model 98/29 Long Rifle looks great. It has a strong bore as well as nice deep markings on the metal & wood. 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.