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m96 rarity by date

Posted: Sat Jun 10, 2017 8:58 pm
by sheepdawg
These are estimates using Crown Jewels and known serial numbers. By the way if you don't own a copy of Crown Jewels by Dana Jones get it, It's the bible of reference books for the Swedish Mauser collector and was just reprinted for the second time. Don't waste your money on others, they are full of errors.

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Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 2:41 pm
by samsplacci
cool chart. I hope Dana updates his volume and issues another series!!

Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 7:38 pm
by sheepdawg
Supposed to be working on vol. 2. Looking for serial numbers, I sent him mine, Kind of like the survey part of House of Karlina. To be honest I've been hearing about it for years. I thank God I bought a vol 1 for $52 a few years back.

By the way if you look at the chart look at 1924. :handgestures-thumbup:
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Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:40 am
by samsplacci
Yeah I noticed, not only are they quite rare, you've got 2 examples!!!

Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Thu Jun 15, 2017 2:49 am
by shoggoth80
I've got a 1924 as well. So very pleased with it.

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Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:37 pm
by KneverKnew
I don't see a 1903 listed in the chart. Anything rare about these? Mine is a 96/38

Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:47 pm
by sheepdawg
1903 is number 14 on the chart. 14,726 m96s manufactured by CG that year.

Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 1:44 pm
by KneverKnew
sheepdawg wrote:
Mon Jul 10, 2017 12:47 pm
1903 is number 14 on the chart. 14,726 m96s manufactured by CG that year.
Thank you. I must have had "I need it blindness."

What year were the 96's shortened to the '38 configuration? Did they start pre 1938?

Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:47 pm
by sheepdawg
Started in 1937 according to Crown Jewels. The Swedes never called them 96/38s, they were just m38s, 96/38 is just an importer's idea.

Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:16 pm
by KneverKnew
sheepdawg wrote:
Mon Jul 10, 2017 3:47 pm
Started in 1937 according to Crown Jewels. The Swedes never called them 96/38s, they were just m38s, 96/38 is just an importer's idea.
I appreciate the info. Even though the Swedes only used M38 to designate the short rifles, I do like the 96/38 designation to indicate those converted rifles with straight bolt handles, and I like to consider the M38's as those purpose built short rifles with the bent bolt handles. But that's just my thinking on the subjuect.

Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:40 pm
by sheepdawg
What about the purpose made m38s made by Husqvarna with straight bolt handles, they exist and are considered correct. Husqvarna used lots of leftover CG parts. :roll: :doh:

Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:03 pm
by KneverKnew
sheepdawg wrote:
Mon Jul 10, 2017 4:40 pm
What about the purpose made m38s made by Husqvarna with straight bolt handles, they exist and are considered correct. Husqvarna used lots of leftover CG parts. :roll: :doh:
That's what I like about these boards. Learnt something knew everyday! Thanks.

Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 5:15 pm
by sheepdawg
If you're seeking knowledge find a copy of Crown Jewels, The Mauser in Sweden by Dana Jones. They had a second printing last year so there are some out there. It's the Bible of Swedish Mauser collectors. Forget any other pretender books, they don't even come close.

Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 8:46 pm
by Woody_be
And off course mine is a 1917...still a great shooter

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Re: m96 rarity by date

Posted: Mon Jul 10, 2017 10:34 pm
by KneverKnew
When I first got my Swedish Mauser about 30 years ago, not long after getting out of the Marines, I worked up a hand load that would shoot 3/4" 5 shot groups at 100 yards. Of course that was when my eyes worked much better than they do now. Even so, these days it's not hard to shoot a 1.5" group with the same rifle. Still not bad at all for a 1903 surplus rifle.