SOLD FOR: $4525
Make: Waffenfabrik Mauser-Oberndorf (Germany)
Model: Mauser Sporting Carbine Type M (Commercial Mauser)
Serial Number: 86795
Year of Manufacture: 1922 – 1923 (Jon Speed, pg 441)
Caliber: .30-06 Springfield
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Set Trigger fed by Internal Magazine
Barrel Length: Approximately 19 1/2”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a beaded blade dovetailed to a serrated ramped mount with a provision for a protective hood (not included) fixed above the muzzle. The rear sight is a U-notch with two (2) flip-up alternatives to adjust for set elevations/distance.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered walnut Mannlicher-style featuring a forend that extends to the muzzle/nosecap, a sling loop on the forend, a semi-pistol grip with metal grip cap, a straight comb with cheek piece, a metal buttplate and a rear sling loop at the belly. The wood shows light nicks, dings, scratches and a few minor handling and storage marks. The checkering is sharp. There are no chips or cracks. The storage compartment in the stock under the buttplate is empty. The LOP measures 14 1/4” and 13 1/2” from the fronts of the triggers to the back of the buttplate. The stock is in Excellent overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is clear. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion and for the age, this bore rates a 9 or 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows some minor operational wear at bolt release and around the action. There are scattered light scuffs and handling marks throughout. The screw heads are well-defined. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in Excellent condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this firearm. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This rifle is a Mauser Sporting Carbine Type M (for Mannlicher) made in the 1920s & 30s exclusively for the American market (hence the chambering in .30-06 Springfield and U.S. 1906 marking citing the year the .30-06 was introduced to the US Army). Based on the highly respected Mauser 98 action, this rifle was built to a high standard with a beautiful Mannlicher-style stock designed to be Mauser’s idea of what an ideal light mountain carbine should be. Everything from the spoon-shaped bolt handle to the trap in the buttstock for cleaning supplies focused on this ideal. According to authors like J. Speed and L. Olsen, the Type M was not made in large numbers but it proved to be well-liked by serious mountain hunters and the like. We are very lucky to see one come through our shop. We expect a lot of collector attention but we are hoping some shooters to go for it too. Good luck and may the best bidder win!