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Swedish M38 6.5X55 Bolt Action Mauser Rifle


Imported by SAMCO. Overall VG, 1943 Husqvarna bent bolt, complete with sling, flash hider, sight hood, bayonet, frog, wood blanks, stripper clips, oilers, blank firing adapter, cleaning rod extension.

Swedish Mauser is the name applied by military rifle collectors to the 6.5x55 calibre Model 96 and Model 38 bolt-action rifles adopted by Sweden in 1896 and 1938, respectively.

Both rifles were based on the Mauser action, but differed in being "cock-on-closing" (similar to the contemporary Lee-Enfield rifle) instead of the "cock-on-opening" style found on the Mauser K98.

Model 1938 Rifle
The M38 Rifle (6,5 mm Gevär m/38) was adopted in 1938 as part of an overall worldwide military trend (which began just before World War I) towards service rifles that were shorter in overall length than a standard infantry rifle, but longer than a cavalry carbine. Contemporary examples such as the Mauser K98, Short Magazine Lee-Enfield Mk III, and Mosin-Nagant M91/30 were all noticeably shorter than a standard 19th century infantry rifle, and with another World War on the way the Swedes felt it would be expedient to adopt a shorter rifle for use by reserve troops and the Navy. The resulting rifle- the M38 was some 7 inches shorter than the M96 rifle, and had a bent-down bolt handle (as opposed to the straight bolt handle of most M96 rifles).

A number of M96 rifles were officially converted to M38 configuration, and are known as M96/38 rifles, to differentiate them from as-manufactured M38 rifles. All M38 rifles were manufactured by Husqvarna Vapenfabrik, with production finally ending in 1944

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