SOLD FOR: $1325.10
Make: Husqvarna, Sweden
Model: 1938 Short Rifle (M38).
This rifle was originally made in Model 1938 configuration. It is not a converted Model 1896/38.
Serial Number: 620390
Year of Manufacture: 1941
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the barrel reads CAI ST ALB VT / M38 SWEDEN 6.5X55”. The top of the receiver is marked “HUSQVARNA VAPENFABRIKS / AKTIEBOLAG / 1941”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The bolt handle knob and safety are stamped with the last 3 digits of the serial number. The rear of the bolt assembly (twice) is marked with the last 3 digits of the serial number in electric pencil. The marking on the buttplate has been removed. Most of the metal parts are marked with a small “crown”. The bottom of the grip is marked with a small crown. The small wedge on the marking disk is marked under the “2”. The medium wedge is unmarked. The large wedge is marked above the “3”.
For more info on reading the marking disk see : www.gotavapen.se/gota/artiklar/rifles_se/faq_se_rifles.htm .
Barrel Length: Approximately 23 ½ Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post. The rear sight is a “U” notched blade attached to a sliding sight escalator marked from “1 – 6”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a straight grip, finger grooves, nose cap, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band, two sling loops, marking disk and a metal buttplate. The buttplate has been cleaned with an abrasive media. It shows several thin scratches and surface erosion. The wood shows scattered scrapes and scratches. Some of the marks have damaged small portions of the surface wood. These marks have been oiled. The LOP measures 14 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The lands are bright. The grooves are light gray. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and erosion in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scattered scrapes & scratches. The top of the barrel and magazine floor plate show discoloration. The barrel also shows some oxidation. The bottom metal shows scratches. The screw heads show light use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished.
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 Swedish Mauser is a Model 1938 Short Rifle. It was made by Husqvarna back in 1943. It was originally made in M38 configuration. It is not a cut down & converted M96 (Model 1896/38) as many are. The metal has been refinished so the rifle looks pretty good for being over 80 years old. The markings are deep and include matching part numbers on the receiver & bolt assembly. The rifle is chambered for the flat shooting 6.5×55 cartridge. It should keep you smiling at the range. Good luck.