Oberndorf FrankenSweden 1900
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March 20, 2008
~DIALUP DEATH - GRAPHIC RICH ENVIORNMENT~
This rifle is built from parts. The receiver, barrel and ejector box match and are original to the manufacture in Germany in 1900.
The rest of the rifle was put together by myself as a "shooter". It has no collectable value.. but maybe in another 100 years it will.
I bought the barreled action with no other parts from Century Arms in Vermont, US, many years ago for $18. Yep, $18.
I can't say exactly how much I spent putting this together but it wasn't much. Maybe $125. I wouldn't sell it for twice that.
The sun came out while I was photographing the rifles today and made it difficult.
Overcast days are better overall for taking pictures outside.
I purchased this stock and handguard direct from Sweden. Its been refinished but was done
as nicely as it could've been without undo damage. As you can see its a rather spectacular piece of wood.
What's wrong with this picture? There's no thumbpiece on the end of the bolt??
Holy target rifle, Batman, that's a Carl Gustaf m/63 bolt. These bolts are modified by removing the thumbpiece
to lighten the striker to enhance the lock time. The notch for the cocking piece is also modified resulting in the
striker travel being shorter. Faster & shorter lock time.
This bolt obviously would benefit from a conservative buffing job. I do this job very carefully so as to preserve the
edges of the bolt parts. When I say conservative I mean that. I wouldn't do that to a bolt from a collectable rifle but
this rifle being a mongrel....er....hybred it can have all manner of modifications done to it without guilt.
Notice the fit of the upper receiver tang into the stock. This stock was refinished carefully
to preserve this area.
That's a shadow on the north side of the receiver, not a huge gap.
That blue on the receiver ring appears original to manufacture.
The civilian version of the m/55 rear sight used on the m/41b sniper rifle. Its a nice sight with adjustments from 100m to 700m and a zeroing screw.
The handguard finish is nice. The refinish also preserved this area nicely.
What's that? Its a Harris bipod. I silver soldered a quick-disconnect sling stud into a spare band keeper.
The Harris bipod attaches to a quick-disconnect sling stud so this seemed the most likely method without
impinging on the integrity of the stock. So far it has worked very good. I like it alot. The legs extend for
use on a bench or in the prone position.
The barrel blue hasn't survived very well. I may resort to Oxpho Blue from Brownell's.
The edges of the grasping grooves were preserved when the stock was refinished. That makes a lot of
difference in the overall appearance of the stock and signifies a much more careful craftsman who did the work.
The upper band keeper is "proud". It sticks up above the woodline. This is indicative of a sanded stock. But there is a way to correct this.
It requires a 3/8" wide bent tip chisel and an exacto knife. You simply scribe the corners of the inlet for the band keeper and then shave out
a thin piece of wood and repeat until the band keeper is barely below flush with the surface of the wood.
Front end shows use...
These low numbered receivers aren't really rare. We've seen quite a few of them. While there have been discussions among collectors we don't have a firm grip on why they exist when published information doesn't mention them. Speculating is fine but we just don't know for sure.
The tell-tale abrasive striations across the top of the buttplate are from a refinishing procedure.
The screw head was also done with this treatment. This isn't nessessarily a standard procedure for arsenal
refinished rifles but it appears to show up on rifles refinished by FSR personel in the shooting clubs.
I believe that's where this stock came from and why it was refinished so cafefully.
D.L.van den Brink
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