Persian 98/29 Mauser Rifle manufactured in the 1930s by CZ in Brno.
The Mauser bolt action developed in the 1880s is the most replicated rifle design and only the Kalishnikov (AK-47, AKM, and AK-74) has higher production numbers. Some 20 to 30 million military Mausers have been produced in dozens of countries and used by the armies of over 100 countries. The design is smooth, accurate, and able to safely handle loads more powerful than the standard military calibers. Finally, the rifle is also a robust design able to take the abuse of years of combat use.
Perhaps the greatest testament to its quality of design is the U.S. Springfield 1903 rifle, the last U.S. Military bolt action rifle. When the U.S. found its Krags outgunned by Spanish Mausers in the Spanish American War of 1898, they decided to ditch the Krag and adopt a modified Mauser design. The Mauser was also, the primary rifle of the German Army in both WWI (Kar98) and WWII (Kar98K) and it even saw use in many post WWII engagements, like Israel's fight for Independence (using ex German Kar98K) and the Yugoslavian Civil Wars. Mauser rifles have even been encountered on the battlefield in Iraq.
There are several hundred variations of the Military Mauser alone with a huge variety of barrel lengths, calibers, and other configurations. A collection of major variants for some of the larger users could easily have a dozen rifles.
One of thes most desirable variations is Persian Mauser 98/29. These Maulers were probably the highest quality military issue bolt action rifles ever made. The were made by CZ (Ceska Zbrojovka) in Brno Czechoslovakia for the Shah of Iran’s Army.
All major parts were milled and finished to a very high standard. The barrel is particularly interesting as the front sight base and protective ears where milled integrally with the barrel. The receiver, bolt and all other metal parts were also of extremely high quality, as was the wood.
Several hundred thousand of these rifles were manufactured in the 1920s and 30s and widely available on the collector market.
Version - Persian 98/29 Rifle
Caliber - 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm).
Receiver - Milled with the Persian coat of arms on the top of the receiver ring. All markings are in Farsi script.
Bolt - Chromed with a straight handle.
Barrel - 25.67” with front sight ears milled as part of the barrel. There was no upper front hand guard over the rifle which is a distinguishing feature.
Overall Length - 49.2”.
Weight - 9.0 lbs.
Stocks - Wood with bolt disassembly escutcheon on the butt.
Magazines - 5 rd integral box.
Sights - Notched Ladder and Hooded Post.
Bayonet - 15.75” Blade.
Persian 98/29 with a German Kar98K and Serbian M48 below.
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