SOLD FOR: $1960
Make: Mauser Oberndorf, Germany. A Portuguese Contract Rifle.
The Portuguese contract was only half fulfilled due to WWII. The remaining Model 1941 rifles were marked & issued by the Nazis.
Model: 1941. Based on the German K98.
Serial Number: H4828
Year of Manufacture: 1941
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (8x57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with the Portuguese crest and “1941”. The left side of the receiver, left side of the barrel shank, top of the bolt handle, The rear of the bolt assembly (3 times with no letter prefix), the bottom metal (twice with no letter prefix), the nosecap (no letter prefix), the barrel band (no letter prefix) and the bottom of the butt are each marked with the serial number. The left side of the barrel shank & reciever are each marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika”. The left side of the receiver is also marked “MAUSER-WERKE A.G. OBERNDORF A.N.”. The top of the barrel shank is marked “40 W 230”. Several of the metal parts are marked with small German “eagle” inspection stamps. The left side of the butt is marked with the Portuguese crest and “1941”. The right side of the butt, bottom of the grip and bottom of the butt are each marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika / WaA135” Waffenamt. The buttplate is amrked “brg”. There are a few other small stampings on the rifle.
Barrel Length: Approximately 23 ¾ Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set atop a ramped base and under a removable protective hood. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade attached to a sliding escalator that is marked from “2-20”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, nosecap with bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling bar, through bolt, sling well & pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes, small scratches and oxidation. The left side of the stock shows deep marks above the trigger which have removed wood. The wood shows several other scrapes, scratches and compression marks. 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 lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves which should clean up a bit. There is no visible erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its current metal finish. The top of the receiver and the magazine floor plate have been treated with cold blue. The metal shows small scrapes, light scratches and handling marks. The front of the barrel shows small deep scratches on the top. The screw heads show light use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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: The rifle comes with a leather sling. It shows scrapes, discoloration and surface cracks. The metal shows scratches & oxidation. Overall it is in about Good condition.
Our Assessment: This Portuguese Mauser is a Model 1941. It was made in Germany by Mauser Oberndorf as a contract rifle back in 1941. The contract was only half fulfilled due to the German need for weapons during WWII. The remaining Portuguese marked Model 1941 rifles were re-marked & issued by the Nazis. These are scarce Mausers and are quite collectible due to the large Portuguese crests and the many Nazi markings.