Sunday, January 25, 2009

Ugly Gun Sunday

This was a Model 1896 Swedish Mauser. Made by skilled craftsmen, each rifle individually fitted to it's stock, the Swedish Mausers were some of the most beautiful military rifles made. They exhibited flowing lines, warm glowing stocks, deeply blued barrels and receivers, and fit second to none. Like this one:

Unfortunately, we now have a Swedish version of the Savage 110; not a bad rifle, but not something that will speak to the shooter who appreciates history, or craftsmanship.

Sort of like putting Sears bargain-price tires on a Ford Model T; it'll still run, but it looks awful.


Bunnyman said...


I wonder how far from salvageable that's been taken.

cmblake6 said...

My 6.5 Swede, in an aftermarket stock, shoots very well indeed. I know some go apepoop if it's not original, but by Bob mine shoots well!

cmblake6 said...

Mind you, if I ever find a '94, I'd kill anyone who dared suggest "sporterization".

MauserMedic said...

Personally, no problems with converting over a rifle with trashed furniture; better to have a working rifle in a serviceable stock than an ugly tomato stake in the closet collecting dust. Just hate to see it done for the hell of it when there's perfectly good new production out there that's essentially the same.