SOLD FOR: $1037
Make: Husqvarna, Sweden
Model: 1896. Now a Sporting RIfle
Serial Number: 643251
Year of Manufacture: ATF Modern
The Model 1896 was manufactured from 1896 to 1938.
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: We did not take down the rifle to view the markings. The top of the receiver should read “HUSQVARNA VAPENFABRIKS / AKTIEBOLAG / (date)”. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number. The left side of the barrel shank is marked “6.5-55”. There are small “crowns” on many of the metal parts. The scope is marked “LEUPOLD VARI-X III 2.5 X 8” and with Leupold “L in crosshairs” logo. The recoil pad is marked “Decelerator”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 26 Inches
Sights / Optics: The receiver is topped with Conetrol Projectionless bases & rings. They hold a Leupold VARI-X III 2.5 to 8 power scope. The scope used a duplex reticle. The view appears clear and the power ring functions. The scope assembly shows light handling marks and is in about Fine Plus condition.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The custom hardwood stock has a pistol grip, raised cheek piece on the right side, 2 sling studs, checkering on the grip & forearm, and a rubber recoil pad. The recoil pad shows scuffs. The wood shows light handling marks. The LOP measures 13 1/2 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Polished Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is bright. The rifling is sharp and deep. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows light handling marks. The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Fine Plus to Excellent 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 scope assembly; see above.
Our Assessment: This Custom Sporting Rifle started life as a Model 1896 Swedish Mauser. It looks great, has a strong bright bore and is topped with a nice Leupold scope. The rifle is chambered for the flat shooting 6.5×55 cartridge. It should keep you smiling at the range.
Our consignor advises the following:
The rifle was custom built by the Williams Gunsight Custom Shop of Davidson Michigan in the late 1990’s. It has a Timney trigger, Timney Buehler style low profile safely, Dayton Traister Cock-On-Opening conversion, 26 inch Pac Nor #4 profile Sporter Barrel, and is pillar bedded in a custom American walnut stock.