SOLD FOR: $1075
Make: Brno Factory, Czechoslovakia. A contract Mauser for Persia (Iran).
Model: 98/29 Long Rifle (1898/29)
Serial Number: R8079; added by the importer. 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: The import mark on the barrel reads “SAMCO MIA FL / M98/29 CZECH CAL 7.92MM”. 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 new serial number, the original Persian serial number in Arabic 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 and right side of the buttstock are marked with the Persian serial number in Arabic. The buttstock is marked “Infantry” below the serial number.
The Arabic numbers on the receiver, bolt and stock match.
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, barrel band, 2 sling loops, through bolt, marking disk on the butt, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows tool marks and grease residue. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The most prominent mark is on the right above the trigger. 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 grooves are light gray. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and erosion in the grooves. The area near the muzzle shows frosting.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches and handling marks. The barrel shows an area of surface erosion along the top. The bottom metal screw heads show use. The markings are deep & crisp. 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: None
Our Assessment: This Persian Model 98/29 Long Rifle was made during the 1930’s. It looks good, has nice deep markings on the metal and has a good bore. 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, bolt handle and stock 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.