SOLD FOR: $4000.91
Make: Steyr Daimler Puch A.G.
Model: 1952 Mannlicher Schoenauer Rifle
Serial Number: 8074
Year of Manufacture: 1952
Action Type: Bolt Action Rifle with Internal Rotary Magazine
Barrel Length: 24″
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a brass beaded blade dovetailed into a finely checkered ramped barrel band base. The front sight base is slotted for a hood (not included). The rear sight is a two-position sight. The rear sight has a fixed “U” notch sight and a second folding “U” notch leaf. Both sights are finely checkered for glare reduction. The rear sight is dovetailed into a base.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stock is a one-piece checkered walnut with a nosecap, sling swivels front and rear, capped pistol grip, straight comb with European cheekpiece, and serrated black plastic buttplate. There are some scattered light compressions and draglines. There are a few little nicks and hairline scratches. There are light handling marks. The checkering is strong. The LOP measures 14″ from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has light wear. Overall, the stock is in Fine condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore. In my opinion, this bore is a 10 out of 10.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. The bolt is serial matching. The finish is generally strong throughout. There are a few spots of light oxidation on the barrel toward the front. There is some finish wear on some of the edges. There are a couple of small marks through the finish. The screw heads range from sharp to lightly tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Fine Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: The Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifle dates to 1903 when the 6.5x54mm cartridge and both military and civilian rifles to shoot it were introduced. Austria and Greece adopted the 1903 military rifle and the 6.5×54 cartridge that same year. The 1903 Mannlicher rifles and carbines were the last designs of Ferdinand Ritter Von Mannlicher, who died the next year, and his friend Otto Schönauer who designed the exceptional rotary drum magazine intrinsic to all Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifles. Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifles and carbines were exclusively manufactured at Steyr in Steyr, Austria. Their design was distinctive, with flat “butter knife” bolt handles and rotary magazines.
This is a 1952 Model, with a 24” barrel chambered in 9.3x62mm. It has a half stock, optional single trigger, a checkered walnut stock with a pistol grip, and blued finish. The rifle is in about Fine Plus condition with about 97% of its finish remaining. The bore is bright, with sharp rifling and no erosion. It is a phenomenal unmolested example of the 1952 free of any scope mounts, peep sights, or cheap rubber buttpads. Simply put, this is a beautiful rifle in outstanding condition for its age, and made with typical German-Austrian craftsmanship after WWII. This rifle would be a nice addition to any collection of Mannlicher-Schoenauer rifles or of German bolt action sporting rifles. This is a pretty rifle that if you choose to shoot, you will find it will make a suitable choice for medium to large game. This is a collection-enhancing piece without a doubt, and to the winner: consider me jealous! Please see our photos and good luck!
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