RARE WW2 German Used Yugoslavian M24 Mauser 8mm
This rifle has a REMARKABLE History!!!!!!!! This is a long story, so please hang in there... After the creation of Yugoslavia after WW1 the new nation decided on a standard rifle in the pattern of the FN made Model 1924. They purchased 100,000 of them from FN and then purchased the machinery to make them from FN. This rifle is one of the rifles produced in Yugoslavia on the FN equipment. They were produced from 1928 until the Germans invaded the country in 1940 and control of the factory was lost.
This example was built in 1938. When the Germans invaded the country was lost in just 11 days That was how powerful the onslaught was. Most of the military Yugoslavian equipment was captured and re-issued by the Germans.
When WW2 ended, those examples of this rifle still left in Europe were rebuilt in Yugoslavia with all the pre-war imperial crests scrubbed and the Communist markings added. They became the rather common now Model 24/47 This example has never been scrubbed or reworked post war. Since there were no importations of these as surplus ever, this leaves only one way this rifle got to the US. The rifle was ri-issued by the Germans after capture, and then captured by a US GI from the Germans! So this rifle has a rich and interesting history! It is also in AMAZING condition! It has a few of the usual bumps and rubs on the stock, but the metal is 98%, the bore is pure MINTY, and the numbers all match! It bears the crest of King Paul II of Yugoslavia on the side and the imperial crest on the receiver.
This example comes complete with an equally stunning and minty Pre-War long pattern Yugoslavian made bayonet. We have added a sling to this rifle. The sling is an exact reproduction of the original as the originals are impossible to find. We have a friend who custom makes these and it makes a great addition to the rifle.
Pre-War examples of this rifle are rare, but one in this condition is almost impossible to find!We have never seen a better example of this rifle in 30 years of collecting!