SOLD FOR: $1,145.00
Make: Steyr, Austria
Model: Mannlicher Schoenauer Model 1908 Carbine
Serial Number: 7210
Year of Manufacture: Production began in 1908 and ended prior to WWII.
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 is marked with the serial number. The left side of the receiver, the left side of the barrel shank and the top of the bolt handle are each marked with a “star / AC” proof and with a “flaming bomb with an L”. The left side of the barrel shank is also marked “crown / R”, “PV”, “NPv (Vienna smokeless proof mark)”, “8×57 MR B.BLINDEE” and with an “Austrian Coat of Arms” stamping. The underside of the bolt handle is marked with the serial number; it is stamped over another 4 digit number. the bolt knob is marked “10” the front of the saety toggle is also marked “10”. The safety lever is marked “K”. The bolt body is marked “G”. The bolt head is marked “C”. The bottom of the magazine and the bolt release are both marked with a “cross in a circle”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 19 ¾ 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 flipped down.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a pistol grip with metal grip base, a raised cheek piece, hand checkering on the forearm & grip, two sling loops, a dark nose, and a serrated metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The stock shows several small scrapes and scratches. There are various compression marks on the wood. The LOP measures 13 3/4 inches from the face of the front trigger and 12 7/8 inches from the face of the rear trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep. There is no erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The front of the barrel shows thinning, the right side shows a small patch of light frosting and the left side shows s small spot of surface erosion. The bottom metal shows light scrapes. The buttplate shows scrapes and thinning. The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good to Fine condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. We do not have an 8×56 MS cartridge to chamber. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None
Our Assessment: This is a nice Model 1908 Mannlicher Schoenauer Carbine that was made by Steyr. It has a few cosmetic issues that are expected of an older rifle. The rifle still has a deep blue finish and the bore is still bright. It comes with a spoon bolt handle, internal rotary magazine, double set triggers, 2 leaf rear sight, hand checkering and deep crisp markings on the metal. The rifle is marked “8×57 MR B.BLINDEE”. This marking appears to have been added after the factory markings. We tried a few different rounds of 8x57mm rounds and none of them chambered. Page 1017 of the, Blue Book of Gun Values, 26th Edition, lists this rifle as only being offered in 8×56 MS. We believe the “8×57” marking on the receiver is a mistake by a gunsmith who was adding the owner’s name to the rifle.