SOLD FOR: $2525
Make: Carl Gustafs, Sweden
Model: AG-42B. The “B” designation indicates that the rifle was updated in 1953 with modifications covered in the “Our Assessment” section below.
Serial Number: 28445 B. The “B” suffix was added during the 1953 update.
Year of Manufacture: 1945
Caliber: 6.5x55mm (6.5 Swedish)
Action Type: Semi Automatic, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the barrel reads “CAI ST ALB VT / M42 6.5X55 SWEDEN”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a Carl Gustafs “crown / C” stamping between “19” and “45”. 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”. The buttplate is marked with the serial number. The left side of the bolt carrier is etched with the serial number. The top of the rear sight is marked “B”. The marking disk on the butt is marked over the lower “8” in the large section. It is marked “1” in the medium section. It is marked over the “3” in the small section. The bottom of the grip is marked with 2 small “crowns”. The magazine and rifle are marked with other inspection stamps including several “crowns”.
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 two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, nosecap with a hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling bar, through bolt, empty sling loop cutout under the butt and a metal buttplate. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Many have damaged small areas of the surface wood. Most of 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 grooves are dark. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and erosion in the grooves. There is also some light intermittent pitting in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. The top cover has been refinished. The bottom metal has been treated with cold blue and shows discoloration from the cold blue. The metal shows scrapes & small scratches. The barrel shows light thinning and areas of light discoloration from oxidation. The receiver and bolt show operational wear. The screw heads show light 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 10 round magazine that shows scrapes, thin scratches and areas of thinning. It is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Swedish Ljungman AG-42B was made by Carl Gustafs back in 1945. It was Arsenal Refurbished & upgraded in 1953 and has since been imported to the U.S. This Swedish semi auto looks great and will add nicely to your collection.
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 metal 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.