SOLD FOR: $1375
Make: Brno Factory, Czechoslovakia. A contract Mauser for Persia (Iran).
Model: 98/29 Long Rifle (1898/29)
Serial Number: 84431 Translated Persian Numbers.
The original serial number is in Arabic.
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: There is no visible import mark. 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” 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 is stamped with Persian acceptance marks. The top of the bolt handle is marked with the Persian serial number in “Arabic numbers”. The markings on the right side of the buttstock have been restamped and do not match the serial number.
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 missing cleaning rod, stacking loop, barrel band, 2 sling loops, through bolt, marking disk on the butt, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scratches, discoloration and cleaned surface erosion. The noscap & barrel band show scrapes & discoloration from oxidation. The wood shows several scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. Most of these marks have been finished over. 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 Plus to Fine overall condition as refinished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are light gray. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves. The fouling should clean up some.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 60% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and thinning. The thinned portions of the metal show areas of discoloration from oxidation. The top of the barrel also shows light surface erosion. The bottom metal has been treated with cold blue. It shows discoloration and several small deep scratches. The screw heads show heavy 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. The markings include a large crisp Persian crest on the receiver. The serial number is in Arabic. The Arabic symbols for the serial number on the receiver and bolt handle match.
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 Persian Mauser 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.