SOLD FOR: $2025
Make: Heinrich Krieghoff
Model: Custom Mauser
Serial Number: 8437
Year of Manufacture: 1930s-1940
Caliber: .35 Whelen
Action Type: Bolt Action Internal Magazine Rifle with Double Set Trigger
Markings: The right shoulder of the barrel is marked “H. KRIEGHOFF, GUN & RIFLE MANUFACTURER.”, the left shoulder is marked “SUHL, GERMANY”. Under the stock-line, the left of the barrel is marked with crowned “N”, “St.m.G. / 14 gr”, the bottom-left has eagle, crowned “B” and “7,6mm / 63 1/2”, the bottom is marked with script “EF”, “8437” and with an “HK” monogram, the bottom-right is marked “35 WHELEN”. The bottom of the receiver is marked “8437” and with a series of inspection marks, the left has an eagle and crowned “B”, the top of the receiver tang is marked “8437”. The inside of the floorplate is marked “37”, the inside of the trigger guard “8437”, the rear of the magazine body “37”, the extractor collar “37”, the bolt sleeve “37”, the rear of the striker assembly “37”. The receiver and guard have decorative engraving with a stag on the chamber ring and a bear on the floorplate.
Barrel Length: 24″, Half-Round, Half-Octagonal
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade in-line dovetailed to a ramp at the front of the barrel’s solid rib. There is a blank installed in a dovetail at the rear of the rib. The side of the bolt release is drilled and tapped with a Lyman aperture sight installed, adjustable for windage and elevation.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is checkered walnut with a schnabel forend, forend wedge, capped pistol grip, straight comb with European-style cheekpiece, serrated horn buttplate and a sling swivel in the belly (there is another mounted to the bottom of the barrel forward of the forend). The stock has some scattered minor nicks, scuffs and scratches. The checkering is well defined. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP measures 14 1/4″ and 13 1/2″ from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The plate has some scattered light wear and a small loss at the toe with well defined serrations. Overall, the stock is in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue & Case Color
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 87% of its metal finish. The finish is thinning at most edges. The barrel has some light finish wear along the sides and scattered minor nicks and scuffs. The receiver and bolt have generally strong case color. The floorplate has handling wear toward the front and there is some handling wear on the chamber ring. 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 is in Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. The trigger is very light and crisp when set. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This is a custom sporting rifle made in Suhl by Heinrich Krieghoff. If that name sounds familiar, it is because the Krieghoff name has been synonymous with high quality sporting guns for more than a century. This example of Heinrich’s work was made before WWII and is a beautiful rifle chambered for .35 Whelen. The receiver and bolt are case colored and the receiver and floorplate have beautiful engraving. The barrel’s half-octagon profile and solid rib combine with these features for a strikingly unique sporting rifle. It will make a great addition to any collection, and with its great bore would still be a good hunting rifle. Please see our photos and good luck!