Original Swedish Mauser m/1894 Carbine by Waffenfabrik Mauser Serial 2578 - dated 1895

Item Description

Original Item: Only one Available. "Swedish Mausers" are a family of bolt-action rifles based on an improved variant of Mauser's earlier Model 1893, but using the 6.5×55mm cartridge, and incorporating unique design elements as requested by Sweden. These are the m/94 (Model 1894) carbine, m/96 (Model 1896) long rifle, m/38 (Model 1938) short rifle and m/41 (Model 1941) sniper rifle. In 1898 production began at Carl Gustafs stads Gevärsfaktori in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

All Swedish Mausers were chambered for the 6.5×55mm cartridge, and all Swedish-made actions were proof-tested with a single 6.5×55mm proof round developing approximately 455 MPa (65,992 psi) piezo pressure (55,000 CUP). Swedish Mausers were manufactured by Waffenfabrik Mauser AG in Oberndorf a/N in Germany and in Sweden by Carl Gustafs Stads Gevärsfaktori and Husqvarna Vapenfabriks Aktiebolag. All Swedish Mausers, whether built in Germany or Sweden, were fabricated using a Swedish-supplied high grade tool steel alloyed with nickel, copper, and vanadium, a product then noted for its strength and corrosion resistance.

The m/1894 carbine was adopted in 1894 as the first of the "Swedish Mauser" designs put into large scale production. There had been a m/1892 carbine submitted for trials, and the m/1894 was the finished product. The first 12,000 carbines were manufactured by Waffenfabrik Mauser in Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany. This series of carbines were all manufactured in 1895, and a very few spare receivers dated 1895 were received from Mauser Oberndorf's manufacturers "Ludwig Loewe & Company".

This is a very nice example of the first production run made in Germany, which also did not see later modifications in 1914 for the addition of a bayonet. The front of the receiver is maker marked by the Mauser Weapon Factory (Waffenfabrik) in Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany, over the date of manufacture:


The left side of the receiver is marked with serial number 2578, while the magazine floor plate, bolt handle, firing pin holder, and bolt release are marked with shortened number 78. The front sight nose cap, barrel band, and butt plate are marked instead with number 395. Most likely these parts, or possibly the entire stock, were swapped at at arsenal. There is also an intact aluminum unit marking disk on the right side of the stock, marked M / MDN / 935.

Condition of the carbine is very good, with the metalwork still showing a lot of the original bluing, and the bolt still bright, with some light staining. The rear sight has unfortunately lost the entire ladder, so it only has the short range leaf left. The stock is in good condition, with a very nice color, and expected wear from service and age. It does not look to have been arsenal reconditioned, and the proofs are still clear. The leather buckle on the butt stock for the sling is still in very good condition, though we unfortunately do not have the sling.

The bolt cycles well, with the magazine follower correctly popping up to obstruct the bolt when the magazine is empty. This made sure that the soldier would remember to load a new stripper clip into the internal magazine. The bore is in good condition, with clear lands and grooves and a partly bright finish. There is some wear to the lands, and some oxidation and fouling in the grooves.

Overall a very nice example, probably the first we have ever had. Ready to add to your collection!


Year of Manufacture: 1895
Caliber: 6.5×55mm Swedish Mauser
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 18 Inches
Overall Length: 37 Inches
Action type: Bolt-Action
Feed System: 5 round internal magazine

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