Sold For: $1,054.99
Make: Carl Gustafs, Sweden
Model: 1896 (M96)
Serial Number: 333702
Year of Manufacture: 1915
Caliber: 6.5x55mm (6.5 Swedish)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the barrel reads “CAI ST ALB VT M96 6.5X55 SWEDEN”. The top of the receiver is marked “crown / C / CARL GUSTAFS STADS / GEVARSFAKTORI. / 1915”. The left side of the receiver is marked with an inspection stamp and the serial number. The bolt assembly is marked with the last three digits of the serial number in 4 separate areas. Most of the remaining metal parts are marked with 3 digits of the serial number and/or with small “crowns”. The bottom of the grip is marked with a small “crown”. The marking disk on the butt is stamped. For more info on how to read the marking disk see: gotavapen.se/gota/artiklar/rifles_se/faq_se_rifles.htm .
Barrel Length: Approximately 29 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post. The rear sight is a flip up assembly made up of two separate notches. When down a “U” notch is used along a sliding escalator marked “3 4 5 6”. When up a “V” notched blade is used on the sliding ladder marked from “7-20”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a straight grip, finger grooves, metal nosecap, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling loop, sling loop under the butt stock, marking disk and a metal butt plate. The buttplate shows scratches and an arena of surface erosion that has been painted over. The top front of the stock’s comb is missing a small piece of edge wood. The wood shows several scrapes and scratches. Some have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The LOP measures 13 3/4 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: Original. The metal has been treated with cold blue.
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are light gray. The rifling is deep. There is light intermittent erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves.
Overall Condition: The metal has been treated with cold blue. This rifle retains about 90% of its current metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, scratches, and areas of light thinning. The thinned portions of the metal show light discoloration from oxidation. The most prominent marks are on the top of the barrel. The screw heads show 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: None
Our Assessment: This Swedish Model 1896 Mauser was built back in 1915 by Carl Gustafs. It has seen some use but is over 100 years old. This M96 has tons of deep Swedish markings including several small Swedish crowns and matching part numbers. Swedish Mausers are well built rifles that fire the flat shooting 6.5x55mm round. This one matching M96 will add to your Military collection. Good luck.