SOLD FOR: $1325
Make: Brno Factory, Czechoslovakia. A contract Mauser for Persia (Iran).
Model: 98/29 Long Rifle (1898/29)
Serial Number: Y4352; added by the importer.
The original serial number is in Arabic. The Arabic symbols (serial number) on the receiver, bolt handle, and stock are matching.
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: The faded import mark under the barrel reads “SAMCO / M98/29 CZECH 7.92MM”. The new serial number on the left rear of the receiver was added by the importer.
Most of the remaining markings are in Farsi. Translation and information are 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 number in “Arabic numbers” followed by an Arabic “letter”. The right side of the buttstock is marked “Infantry” below the serial number. It is also marked “686”. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked “N 5” and with a Czech “circled Z” proof.
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 with bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, stacking loop, barrel band, 2 sling loops, through bolt, marking disk on the butt, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes and surface erosion. The noscap shows scrapes & oxidation. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Several have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The wood also shows areas of discoloration. The LOP measures 13 1/8 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 muzzle and grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and light intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves near the muzzle. The fouling should clean up some.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 70% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and thinning. The thinning on the top of the barre is prominent. The thinned portions of the metal show areas of discoloration from oxidation. The bottom metal shows surface erosion. The bolt assembly shows oxidation. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep & crisp. Overall, this rifle rates 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: None
Our Assessment: This Persian Model 98/29 Long Rifle was made during the 1930’s. It has seen some use but nice deep markings on the metal & wood. The markings include a large crisp Persian crest on the receiver. The original serial number is in Arabic. The Arabic symbols for the serial number on the receiver, bolt handle, and stock are matching.
The rifle was made by the Czechs at their famous Brno factory. The orders for these Mausers were not completed as the s 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.