Sold for $2425.00
Make: Fabrique Nationale (FN), Belgium. A Uruguayan contract rifle.
Serial Number: 266
Year of Manufacture: 1893 to 1895.
Caliber: 7mm Mauser (7x57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked “FABRIQUE NATIONALE / HERSTAL-LIEGE”. The left side of the receiver, the wood below it, the top of the bolt handle and the bottom metal are marked with the serial number. The bolt assembly is marked with a few proofs & inspection stamps. The bottom metal and underside of the rear sight are marked with the last 2 digits of the serial number. The right side of the butt is marked with a Uruguayan monogram “ROU” which stands for Republica Oriental Uruguay. The right side of the butt is also marked “crowned letter / 10 / S E C”. There are a few other small markings on the rifle.
Barrel Length: Approximately 29 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set atop a small base. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade. When flipped up it becomes a sight ladder that uses a separate sliding “V” notched blade. The ladder is marked from “4-20”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a straight grip, nosecap with bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band, 2 sling loops, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scratches and light surface erosion. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several of the marks have damaged small areas of the surface wood. 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 overall condition as an antique.
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 erosion at the muzzle and in the grooves.
Overall Condition: The metal has been treated with cold blue. This rifle retains about 75% of its current metal finish. The metas shows several light thin scratches from aggressive cleaning. The metal shows other scrapes and scratches as well as a few areas of light thinning. The thinned areas of the finish show discoloration from oxidation. The screw heads show light use. Most of the markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as an antique.
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 the correct Uruguayan Model 1900 bayonet & metal scabbard. It also comes with a leather sling. The sling is marked “VLAXPOULOS” in pen.
Our Assessment: This Rare Uruguayan Model 1893 Mauser is in nice shape for being over 125 years old. It has clear markings that include FN stampings on the top of the receiver as well as matching numbers on the receiver, stock, bolt and bottom metal. The stock is marked with a deep Uruguayan monogram. The rifle is in Very Good Plus condition and comes with the correct Uruguayan Model 1900 bayonet & metal scabbard. This rifle will make a nice addition to your Mauser collection. This rifle is an antique so no FFL is required…unless you live in California. Good luck.