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Norwegian M59 mauser sniper rifle.

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:03 am
by Lumberjack
After WW2 Norway had plenty Mauser M98K in store. In the 1950's the civillian marksmanship organisation and the army needed a New target and sniper rifle. Many test models were made and tested.
This combined effort led to the develpoment of the Kongsberg "skarpskyttergevær" M59 (sniper rifle M59) in 1958-59

The rifle had a M98 receiver, a polished original two step trigger, a 70 cm long Kongsberg match barrel, diopter sights, and a New Stock.
It was produced in .30-06 first, the model name was M/59, After a few years it was produced in 7.62X51 and the model name for that rifle was M/59-F1
The rifle was made for the military and for civillians, in different number series. Some of the military rifles had a 4X Scope in addition to the diopter sights.
The rifles was made in the period 1959-1969, 10-15 000 was made. They were used by the military until the 1990's.
I have used some of them, last summer i tested a "New in Box" rifle from 1965. I used Norwegian 7.62X51 military ball, and the rifle was accurate.
10' on the target is 60mm and distance was 100m.

Re: Norwegian M59 mauser sniper rifle.

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:08 am
by Lumberjack
50 rifles was shipped to the US in the 60's.
And 800+ rifles was shipped to GB in the 60's.
Those had Serial numbers starting With USA and GB :)

Re: Norwegian M59 mauser sniper rifle.

Posted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 8:35 am
by indy1919a4
Very nice.. 1000 thanks was not aware of this firearm before

Re: Norwegian M59 mauser sniper rifle.

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:20 am
by Lumberjack
A further Development of the "Kongsberg skarpskyttergevær M59" was developed in the 60's by the civillian marksmanship organisation in Norway. This rifle was named M67 and had the same M98 receiver, and the same polished two stage standard M98 trigger, a 70 cm Heavy barrel (21mm at muzzle) and this time a laminated beech Stock With a rubber recoil pad.
It also had diopter sights, and it was chambered for 6,5X55 (M67-F2) and 7.62X51 NATO (M67-F1). After a few years an adjustable trigger was standard, and an acraglass bedding of the receiver.

This was a better rifle for target shooting than the M59 and was popular. After some years a 22lr rifle also appeared, with a reworked bolt for 22lr.
I have used a lot of those rifles, in all 3 chamberings, now i own a M67-F1 that has an adjustable trigger and a Busk-diopter. It is a really presise shooter.

I took these Pictures last summer. I used Norwegian 7.62X51 military ball, and the rifle was accurate.
10' on the target is 60mm and distance was 100m.

Re: Norwegian M59 mauser sniper rifle.

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:30 am
by indy1919a4
Another nice rifle. If you can show a photo down range to see what that looks like .. It looks like a nice range. I have never shot on one of those ranges with the electronic target.

Re: Norwegian M59 mauser sniper rifle.

Posted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:37 am
by Lumberjack
Looks like this. At left you see the 100m targets. To the right for them you see the 200m target area but the targets are not there then.
The red building is the building you shoot from.
Up right its 380m and a steel target.