1937 DSM34

Deutsche SportModell Model 1934

"by Mauser Brothers, Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany"

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Developed as a trainer in the early 1930s, to ease eventual transition to full-size army rifles, the DSM34 purposely mimics the lines, balance, and weight of the Mauser K98k. Thousands were made, not only by Mauser Oberndorf, but by just about every small-arms manufacturer in Germany, including Erma, Simson (Gustloff), Geco, Walther, Haenel, Paatz, Menz, and Weihrauch. DSM 34s were offered at special low prices to German youth groups, e.g., Hitler Youth, and to adult para-military organizations for marksmanship and handling familiarization. (A similar .22 trainer appeared in the late 1930s, the KKW, and it exactly matches a K98k in practically every detail save the calibre and action details.) Ludwig Olson ("Mauser Bolt Rifles") comments that the loading tray of these and other Mauser single-shot .22 rifles was exceptionally well-designed, enabling positive loading while avoiding any bullet deformation.

This particular DSM34 example boasts all-matching serial numbers in both wood and metal, and is an excellent shooter at 50 and 100 yards, using just about any ammo. It is made to shoot! But speaking of the wood, this stock is some of the most beautiful coffee-grained black walnut I have ever seen. The workmanship on both the wood and the steel parts, and the resulting fit and finish, is quite impressive. The marking you can see on the buttstock between the take-down doughnut and the buttplate appears to have been a club or organization logo or initials or name, etc. Unfortunately entirely illegible now.

This target is at 100 yards, from a bench/sandbag rest, with the as-issued sights front and rear. The 'diamond' is 4x4 inches.