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Old 01-18-2020, 03:20 PM
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What do we know?

The receiver is not grooved.

This makes me suspect that it originated as a DSM 34 receiver. Such a receiver could certainly be machined to accept magazine feed and use the breech bolt from the repeaters. It is also possible it might also have been a Mm 410B receiver that was in an un-finished state.

The barrel profile is not a standard Mauser shape.

It looks like it might have begun life as one intended for the ES/MS 350B. (Or as noted above, as a DSM 34.) It has been turned down to accommodate the scope mount, and to resemble, but not duplicate, the lighter 410B profile. It has also been grooved to accept the excellent 350B sight. Whatever it was originally intended to be, it now is another non-typical item. The presence (or absence) of proof marks and/or serial numbers on the barrel would tell us everything we need to know.

The serial number has five digits and it is Eagle/N proof marked.

That would indicate a DSM 34/36 origin. Has anyone seen a model Mm 410B rifle that had both a five digit serial number and an Eagle/N proof mark? I never have seen such a combination. This leads me to think this was originally a DSM 34 receiver that was machined to be what was required.

All of these attributes make me think that this was a bespoke rifle "made from parts." By whom, or for whom, I cannot tell. The links to previous rifles referenced earlier in this thread show there are other somewhat similar rifles---- usually originating from France. Since the French were in possession of Mauser --- quite literally lock, stock, & barrel ---- it might be that these rifles were a command performance for the French. Alternately, they could just as easily have been assembled by a talented gunsmith outside the factory, from leftover parts available at Mauser at the conclusion of the second world war.

In sum, an interesting rifle that defies most of the hard and fast rules of Mauser kleinkaliber rifles. Draw your own conclusions.

BRP

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