Swedish Mauser Oberndorf – M38 Carbine
Serial No: 35499
Mauser Oberndorf dated 1900, 6.5 X55 Swedish M96 converted to an M38 carbine. This M38 shows a bright bore and is all matching serial numbers.
A number of M96 rifles were converted to carbines in 1938. This involved reducing the barrel length by approximately 5 inches and fitting a shorter stock. This was done as it was recognised the M96 was too long and cumbersome for infantry use.
The stock shows an armourer’s repair at the point where the lower butt plate screws into the stock. This is a common fault and well known. The finish shows 80% plus original blue. The wood shows its original oil finish.
It is worth noting that there were 560,000 M96 rifles buit by Carl Gustafs from 1899-to 1925. There were only 40,000 built by Mauser 1899 to 1900. The Oberndorf examples, particularly carbines, are much more difficult to find. This is one for the Mauser or Swedish collector.
This example is in Excellent Condition for a rifle that is 120 years old and has a very good shooting grade bore and fitted with a Metallverken target sight