The Serbian Mauser was one of the final military issue versions of the Mauser.

Early 1950s Serbian M48 Mauser with Serbian bayonet in its scabbard.

The M-48 is a Serbian (Yugoslavian) manufactured Kar 98k variant produced after the end of World War 2 on German tooling.

All major parts on this version of the M-48 are milled, though later versions had some stamped parts like the trigger guard and magazine floor plate.  With the teak stock and milled parts, this is one of the most durable battle rifles ever made.

The quality of these rifles is extremely high and within the last five years, unissued versions were available for around $350.

Specifications

Version - Postwar M48 with turned bolt

Caliber - 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm).

Receiver - Milled with Serbian/Yugoslavian markings.

Bolt - Chromed with turned down handle.

Barrel - 23.25”.  

Overall Length - 43.5”.

Weight - 8.6 lbs.

Stocks - Teak wood.  Early style front stock cap.  Interestingly there is no cutout for the turned down bolt handle.

Magazines - 5 rd integral box.

Sights - Notched Ladder and Hooded Post.

Bayonet - 9.75” Blade.


Unissued Yugoslavian military rifles of the 1950s, the bolt action M48 Serbian Mauser and semi-auto M59/66 SKS

Serbian M48 at bottom with a German Kar98K and Persian 98/29 above.

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