A nice Ludwig Loewe Brazilian contract M1894 short rifle with a nice blond stock, originally 7mm Mauser (7x57mm) but more recently re-barreled to 6.5×55 Swedish Mauser. Serial Number: D714X. (Circa 1895 or 1896.). Loewe & Company became a part of Deutsche Waffen Munitionsfabriken (DWM) in 1897, so all “Loewe” marked Mausers are pre-1899. The top of the receiver is marked with a partial Brazilian crest. The left side of the receiver is marked with the serial number and “ESTADOS UNIDOS DO BRAZIL / MANUFACTURA LOEWE BERLIM 1894”. (The Portuguese spelling of Berlin is used “Berlim”.) The bottom metal is marked with numbers that do not correlate to the serial number.  Barrel Length: Approximately 17.7 Inches. There is no front sight and the cleaning rod is absent. TSeial numbers are mismatched. The front of the barrel has been machined to accept a front sight band. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade assembly. When flipped up it becomes a sight ladder that uses a sliding “V” notched blade. The ladder is marked from “4-14”. The hardwood stock has a straight grip, cutout for the bolt handle, nosecap, hole for the absent cleaning rod, barrel band, two sling loops and a metal buttplate. The refinished buttplate shows scrapes. The left side of the forearm shows a large scrape that extends to the handguard. The blond wood is nice overall but shows some scrapes, scratches and compression marks. It also shows areas of discoloration. The LOP measures 13 ¼ inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus condition as an antique. The bore is bright; semi-bright at the muzzle. There is some light fouling in the grooves near the muzzle. There is no erosion. This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish as refinished. Surface erosion and scratches show through the new finish on the receiver. The magazine floorplate shows surface erosion. The front of the barrel shows discoloration from oxidation on the unfinished metal. The screw heads show heavy use. The receiver crest is legible but has been damaged by surface erosion. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as a refinished antique. There is no front sight. The action functions correctly, but we haven’t checked the headspace. This would be a good candidate to complete as a Scout rifle. (BCS-655)


A Swedish M1894/14 carbine, 6.5×55 Mauser, that is nearly complete. Serial #5842. Dated 1895. 6.5mm Swedish, 18” barrel with a very good bore that has some minor freckling within the grooves. This is a Mauser Oberndorf-made carbine that has the modified 1914 nosecap with bayonet boss, and pre-’68 barrel extension fitted with glue (the screw holes are vacant and the wood is untouched beneath) that has run onto the barrel band as well. The metal retains about 60-70% of the original blue finish, with the balance faded to mottled, pewter gray. The non-matching numbered bolt has some of the original armory bright finish peeking through darker freckling on the bolt body and handle. The walnut stock and handguard are in good shape with numerous handling marks and scattered blemishes. There is a brass rack number disk on the comb of the buttstock: “106”.  The only major detractor is that it is glaringly missing its sling retainer. But I’m also including a new original Swedish ordnance spare leather sling retainer that I obtained in Sweden for you to retrofit. It can be attached with two very commonly available brass wood screws. (See photo with green background, in the gallery.) Because this carbine is missing its foreend screw and has mismatched numbers, I’ve priced it low. This carbine can certainly be used as-is, but it is also a good candidate for polishing and restoration. (CBIH-1894-LTII)


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