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PostPosted: Sun Jan 25, 2009 11:28 pm 
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Gents,

I am not familiar with Mausers, so I'm hoping someone here can help. My brother-in-law has a rifle we're trying to find some information on. To me it looks like a commercially remanufactured 98 Mauser, at least by comparing it to photos I've found on the internet. The markings on the rifle are:

Maker - "National Arms Co."
Model - "NATO 60"
Caliber - "30-06"

An internet search turned up nothing on the company or the model. Any one know anything about these rifles? It does shoot nicely BTW. Thanks so much for any help you can through my way. Matt

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:36 am 
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Definitely a sporter built on a mil-surp K98 action of some flavor 'cause of the thumb cut-out and what is left of the charger guide. The pics don't really give anything away as far as country of origin. The TG is pre-war but that really don't mean anything. If it shoots good you have one nice strong sporter with what looks to be nice cut checkering.

This might be helpful: http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?t=15018

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:59 am 
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wow, i saw the exact same rifle at Hatfield's firearm in Saint Joe Missouri, you would'nt happen to be related to ol'Tim would you?

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 10:35 am 
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Lots of small startup companies built rifles from surplus Mausers right after the war when they could be had complete for something like $5 each in quantity. Roy Weatherby was one of the more famous of these. He quickly switched to new Manufacture Belgian FN Mauser and French Berevex Magnum Mauser actions when his business started taking off. But, dozens of one-man entrepreneurs thought that would be a good business model and built a few to a few hundred in small shops and garages everywhere. After Kennedy was shot in 1963 with a milsurp Carcano purchased by mailorder, the new mail order shipping laws and firearms manufacturing license requirements started driving prices up and new entrepreneurs didn't ever get going on this business. I suspect this rifle had a history such as that. It doesn't surprise me that you can't find anything on it on the internet. I agree with 1srelluc - definitely a military receiver sporterized in typical fashion in the late 40s, 50s and early 60s.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 12:05 pm 
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addict,

Nope, no relation. I live down in Kansas City and only get up to St. Joe to use the Pigeon Hill range. Is Hatfield's a good gun shop? Always time for a quick sidetrip you know. :D

This particular rifle is down in New Mexico where I'm visiting with my in-laws.




1srelluc & Jeff,

Thanks for the info. I figured it was a long shot but wanted to try anyway. He was given the rifle by a friend, and was curious about it. It seems to be well built and as I mentioned it shoots nicely. I think he came onto a gem (he's has that amazing talent to find great firearms at great prices). Again, thanks for your time and help.


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:13 pm 
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oh yeah? WEll next time you go to pigeon hill sent me a pm, i just shot there yestoday, in the snow, i thought that was pretty appropiate since i only brought 2 mosins

Hatfield is my honey hole, although i pretty much cleaned out everything worthy buying there, $100 M28/30 and $300 Maadi AK, ahh, love that place

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 26, 2009 5:21 pm 
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gun addict wrote:
. . . buying there, $100 M28/30 and $300 Maadi AK, ahh, love that place


Man, some guys have al the luck. Congrats on the good finds though.


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Are you able to turn that safety on with the scope being so close? Nice sporter :thumb:


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Yes, it just barely makes it. The safety has the top scolloped down so that it kinda nestles around the scope bell. It might be tough to get it off if you were wearing thick gloves though.

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I was thinking the same thing about the safety. :?

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