SOLD FOR: $,200
Make: 945 (The code for Waffen Werke Brunn in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia.)
Model: G33/40 Carbine (Mountain Carbine)
Serial Number: 8252
Year of Manufacture: 1940
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: The import mark is located on the bottom metal. It reads “GERMANY”. The top of the receiver is marked “7,88”, “945” and “1940”. The left side of the receiver and bolt handle are marked “8252”, “d”, with a Nazi “eagle / swastika”. The receiver is also marked “G.33/40”. The right side of the receiver is marked with a Nazi Waffenamt “eagle / WaA63”. The top of the bolt handle is marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika”; the underside is marked “J6” and with a Czech “circled Z”. The bayonet lug is marked with a Czech “circled Z”. The underside of the butt is marked with the serial number and with 2 Nazi Waffenamts “eagle / WaA63. The right side of the butt is marked with 3 Nazi Waffenamts “eagle / WaA63”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 19 ¼ Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a dovetail set, inverted “V” post set under a removable protective hood. The front sight hood shows light surface erosion and is in about Very Good condition. The rear sight is a “V” notched sliding elevator marked from “1-10”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece walnut stock has a pistol grip, upper hand guard, sling well, sling pass through, metal nose cap, barrel band with sling loop, through bolt, domed washer, metal butt plate and a metal protector plate on the left side of the stock. The buttplate shows small scratches & oxidation. The right side of the stock & handguard show light scratches just ahead of the receiver. The wood shows other light scrapes & handling marks. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fine overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep. There is no visible erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 96% of its metal finish. The barrel shows light scrapes and a small amount of pin prick surface erosion near the muzzle. The bottom metal shows scrapes and a freckling of light frosting. The receiver shows light scrapes and a small spot of pin prick surface erosion. The screw heads show light use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine 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: The rifle comes with an unmarked leather sling that shows scrapes, surface loss & discoloration. It is in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a rare Nazi marked, Mauser G 33/40 Mountain Carbine. They were only built at the Brno factory in Czechoslovakia and they are patterned after the Czech VZ 33. The first production pieces of 1940 were marked “945” and used a walnut stock. All subsequent carbines were marked “dot” and use a laminate stock. Many of the G 33/44 carbines were issued to the German “Gebirgstruppen”, or Mountain Infantry, where the metal plate on the left side of the butt was used to keep the stock from harm while using the rifle for assistance in climbing. For more (including the end quote) see pages 223 to 225 of Robert Balls, MAUSER Military Rifles of the World, Fifth Edition. “The German Model 33/40 Carbine has always been a highly prized addition to any Mauser Collection”.