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Make: Steyr, Austria
Model: Mannlicher Schoenauer 1908 Carbine
Serial Number: 10909
Year of Manufacture: 1908 to 1918.
Production began in 1908 and ended prior to WWII. One of the Austrian barrel proofs was used until 1918.
Caliber: 8×56 Mannlicher Schoenauer, AKA 8×56 MS
Action Type: Bolt Action, 5 Round Internal Rotary Magazine
Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked with “OESTERR. WAFFENFABR.- GES. STEYR”. The top of the receiver is marked “Patent / Mannlicher / Schoenauer / M1908”. The right side of the barrel shank and underside of the bolt handle are each marked with the serial number. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with 2 Austrian proofs.
Barrel Length: Approximately 19 3/4 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade set atop a ramped base. The rear sight is a two leaf “U” notched assembly marked “300”. The “300” marking can only be seen when the rear leaf is down.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The full length wood mannlicher stock has a semi pistol grip with metal grip base, a raised cheek piece, scallop for the bolt handle, hand checkering on the forearm & grip, nosecap, two sling loops, and a serrated metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows surface erosion. The stock shows several scrapes, scratches and compression marks. The LOP measures 14 1/8 inches from the face of the front trigger and 13 1/8 inches from the face of the rear 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 lands are bright, the grooves are semi bright and the rifling is deep. There is erosion in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 94% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes and handling marks. The bottom metal also shows scratches, light thinning and some discoloration from oxidation. The receiver and bolt show operational wear. The screw heads show light use. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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 an unmarked leather sling.
Our Assessment: This is a scarce Model 1908 Mannlicher Schoenauer Carbine that was made by Steyr. Page 1017 of the, Blue Book of Gun Values, 26th Edition, lists this rifle as only being offered in 8×56 MS. The rifle looks impressive for being over 100 years old. It has a spoon bolt handle, internal rotary magazine, double set triggers, 2 leaf rear sight, hand checkering and deep crisp markings on the metal. This is a nice rifle to add to your collection or take out in the field. Good luck.