Venezuelan Mauser FN 24/30 Short Rifle 7mm Bolt Action 1934-35 C&R

Sold For: $1,285.00

LSB#: 220628DE008

Make: Fabrique Nationale (FN), Belgium. Contract for Venezuela

Model: 24/30 Short Rifle (1924/1930)

Serial Number: 5905

Year of Manufacture: 1934 – 1935 (page 397 of Robert Ball’s book, Mauser Military Rifles of the World 5th Edition)

Caliber: 7mm Mauser (7x57mm)

Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine

Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with the Venezuelan crest. The left side of the receiver is marked with Belgian proofs and “FAB.NAT. D’ARMES de GUERRA / HERSTAL-BELGUIQUE”. The right side of the receiver, the wood below it and the top of the bolt handle are each marked with the serial number. The top of the bolt handle is also marked with Belgian proofs. The bolt assembly is marked with a few other Belgian stampings. The bottom of the grip is marked with “circled script letters”.

Barrel Length: Approximately 23 1/4 Inches

Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set atop a ramped base. The rear sight is a “V” notched sliding sight escalator marked from “2-20”

Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, metal nose cap with bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling loop, sling loop under the butt, through bolt and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes & light discoloration. The wood shows scrapes, scratches and compression marks. The most prominent marks are on the bottom of the butt.  The LOP measures 13 1/4 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.

Type of Finish: Blue. Receiver and Bolt “ In the White”

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The grooves are semi bright. The rifling is deep. There is fouling in the grooves. There is light oxidation in the grooves near the muzzle.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The metal shows scuffs, light scrapes and handling marks. The bottom metal also shows scratches. The receiver has excess wood finish on it. The screw heads show light use. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
It will rate higher once the bolt assembly issues are addressed.

Mechanics: The rear of the bolt assembly does not lock in place. It tends to rotate so that the action cannot be cycled. The safety is stuck in the “FIRE” position.
The action functions otherwise. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a muzzle cover.

Our Assessment: This Venezuelan Mauser is an FN 24/30 Short Rifle. It was made by Fabrique Nationale of Belgium as a contract rifle for Venezuela sometime between 1934 and 1935. The rifle has nice markings on the receiver including a large Venezuelan crest. The rifle has a good bore that will be ringing steel out at the range…after the bolt assembly and safety are worked on. Good luck.

Venezuelan Mauser FN 24/30 Short Rifle 7mm Bolt Action 1934-35 C&R
Venezuelan Mauser FN 24/30 Short Rifle 7mm Bolt Action 1934-35 C&R