SOLD FOR: $1675
Make: Carl Gustafs, Sweden
Model: AG-42B. The “B” designation indicates that the rifle was updated in the early 1950’s with modifications covered in the “Our Assessment” section below.
Serial Number: 18224
Year of Manufacture: 1943
Caliber: 6.5x55mm (6.5 Swedish)
Action Type: Semi Automatic, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the barrel reads “M42 6.5X55 SWEDEN / CAI ST ALB VT”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a Carl Gustafs “crown / C” stamping between “19” and “43”. The left side of the receiver is also marked with the serial number and “B”. The right side of the receiver is marked “S.S.”. The rear of the receiver is marked with a “crown” and “H”. Many of the metal parts are marked with small “crowns”. The buttplate is marked with the serial number. The left side of the bolt carrier is etched with the serial number. The left side of the top cover is marked “B” and with a small Swedish stamping that appears to read “CB”. The left side of the front sight is marked “+0.5”. The marking disk on the butt is marked over the “0” in the large section. It is unmarked in the medium section. It is marked over the “2” in the small section. The bottom of the grip is marked with 2 “crowns”. The front of the magazine is marked “crown / C” and “B”. The bottom of the magazine is marked “B”.
For more info on reading the marking disk see: gotavapen.se/gota/artiklar/rifles_se/faq_se_rifles.htm .
Barrel Length: Approximately 25 ½ Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post set under a protective hood. The rear sight is an elevation adjustable “U” notched blade. The large knob on the left is turned to raise & lower the sight. There is a window next to the knob that reads the elevation. It is marked from “1-7”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has been coated in lacquer. It has a pistol grip, finger grooves, nosecap with a hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling bar, through bolt, sling loop under the butt, marking disk on the butt, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes, scratches and thinning. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Many of the marks have damaged small portions of the surface wood. These marks have been finished over. The LOP measures 13 ½ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition as refinished
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Rebuild
Bore Condition: The lands are bright and the grooves are light grey. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent erosion in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, scratches, small areas of thinning, and thinning on the leading sedges of the metal. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus 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: The rifle comes with a refinished 10 round magazine. It shows some scrapes and is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This Swedish Ljungman AG-42B was made by Carl Gustafs back in 1943. It was Arsenal Refurbished & upgraded in the early 1950’s. It has since been imported to the U.S.. This Swedish semi auto looks good and will add nicely to your collection.
The following Swedish Ljungman AG-42B information is from the Forgotten Weapons web page at forgottenweapons.com/rifles/ljungman/. The site also has detailed videos on the rifle: “The AG-42 (Halvautomatiskt Gevaer 42) Ljungman was Sweden’s first standard issue self-loading rifle…It is a direct gas impingement design, with a gas tube that feeds pressurized gas directly against the bolt carrier…In 1953 the AG42 was upgraded to the AG42B model, which involved a number of small changes. The most distinctive one is the change from serrated patches on the receiver cover to round protrusions, to allow shooters a better grip. In addition, a rubber ejection buffer was added to prevent brass damage, the gas tube was strengthened, the magazine was given a more secure front hook, and a few other minor internal improvements were made. In the early 1950s, Sweden licensed production of a Ljungman variant in Egypt, where it was known as the Hakim. These rifles have a few differences from the Swedish guns, including use of an adjustable gas port and being chambered in 8mm Mauser. Egypt also produced a Ljungman-based carbine in 7.62x39mm, called the Rasheed (or Rashid)”.