SOLD FOR: $1,550.00
Make: Carl Gustafs, Sweden
Model: AG-42B. The “B” designation indicates that the rifle was updated in the early 1950’s with modifications covered in the “Our Assessment” section below.
Serial Number: 30480B
Year of Manufacture: 1943. All AG 42 rifles were made in 1943.
Caliber: 6.5x55mm (6.5 Swedish)
Action Type: Semi Automatic, Detachable Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the barrel reads “M42 GEVER SWEDEN”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a Carl Gustafs “crown / C” stamping between “19” and “45”. The left side of the receiver is also marked with the serial number. The right side of the receiver is marked “S.S.”. The rear of the receiver is marked with a “crown” and “B”. Many of the metal parts are marked with small “crowns”. The buttplate is marked with the serial number (no letter suffix). The left side of the bolt carrier is etched with the serial number. The left side of the top cover is marked “B” and with a small Swedish stamping. The left side of the front sight is marked “+1.5”. A section of tape with a faded “72” is on the butt above the marking disk. The marking disk on the butt is marked over the “0” in the large section, “1” in the medium section and is unmarked in the small section.
The front of the magazine is marked “crown / C” and “B”. The bottom of the magazine is marked “crown” and “B”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 25 ½ Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a bladed post set under a protective hood. The rear sight is an elevation adjustable “U” notched blade. The large knob on the left is turned to raise & lower the sight. There is a window next to the knob that reads the elevation. It is marked from “1-7”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, finger grooves, nosecap with a hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling bar, through bolt, sling loop under the butt and a metal buttplate. The left side of the stock shows a glued horizontal edge crack next to deep scrapes & compression marks. The right side of the grip shows small but deep scrapes & compression marks. The nose of the handguard shows hairline cracks and a chip. The wood shows a few other light scrapes & compression marks. These marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 1/2 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus to Fine overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue. Black
Finish Originality: Original to Arsenal Refurbishment
Bore Condition: The barrel is back bored to about ¾ of an inch from the muzzle. The grooves are light grey and the rifling is deep. There is no visible erosion.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 97% of its metal finish. Scratches & some oxidation shows through the finish on the top cover & bottom metal. The barrel shows scrapes and an area of thinning. The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about 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: None
Our Assessment: This Swedish Ljungman AG-42B was made by Carl Gustafs back in 1943. It was Arsenal Refurbished and upgraded in the early 1950’s and is in nice shape. This is a Rare rifle that will add to your collection.
The following Swedish Ljungman AG-42B information is from the Forgotten Weapons web page. The site also has detailed videos on the rifle: “The AG-42 (Halvautomatiskt Gevaer 42) Ljungman was Sweden’s first standard issue self-loading rifle. It was put into production in 1942, with only a one-year development period. It is a direct gas impingement design, with a gas tube feeds pressurized gas directly against the bolt carrier. Locking is done with a tiling bolt similar to a FAL or Tokarev design. The Ljungman is a relatively heavy rifle (over 10 pounds unloaded), and combined with its standard muzzle brake and relatively light 6.5×55 cartridge it has little felt recoil. However, operating the AG42 is significantly different from almost any other autoloading rifle. The rifle has a bolt carrier and receiver cover that operate together. To manually retract the bolt, one pushes the receiver cover all the way forward which locks it onto the bolt, and then pulls it back along with the bolt. Subsequently pushing the receiver cover forward a fraction of an inch will release the bolt to slam forward, either chambering a cartridge or crushing your poorly-placed thumb (anyone who complains about M1-thumb has definitely never had a digit caught in an AG42 action). The Ljungman was the standard Swedish infantry rifle into the 1960s, when it was replaced with a licensed H&K design. In 1953 the AG42 was upgraded to the AG42B model, which involved a number of small changes. The most distinctive one is the change from serrated patches on the receiver cover to round protrusions, to allow shooters a better grip. In addition, a rubber ejection buffer was added to prevent brass damage, the gas tube was strengthened, the magazine was given a more secure front hook, and a few other minor internal improvements were made. In the early 1950s, Sweden licensed production of a Ljungman variant in Egypt, where it was known as the Hakim. These rifles have a few differences form the Swedish guns, including use of an adjustable gas port and being chambered in 8mm Mauser. Egypt also produced a Ljungman-based carbine in 7.62x39mm, called the Rasheed (or Rashid)”.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle is curio and relic eligible and can be transferred/sold in California.
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