1947 Yugoslav Mauser M24/47

Built twice: in 1920s (as a Model M24) and again in 1947, or later, as this M24/47

"by State Enterprise Nr44 "

This is the bait that set the hook of vintage rifle collecting, my very first acquisition. This gun began life in the 1920s as a M24, built under the Yugoslavian king, whose crest originally appeared on the receiver. In about 1947, the Yugoslavs took almost all their M24s and rebuilt them in batches, mixing up the serial numbers - but then stamping with new new matching ones. All the metal repolished and reblued. Then given a brand new (in 1947 that is) stock and handguard. After proof firing, these were covered in cosomolene iniside and out, and packed away in little miniature armories around the country to be broken out and distributed to the populace to fight off the invaders. Fifty years later, and Europe has changed a lot, and modern army firearms have changed a lot. So Yugoslavia\Serbia pulled these out of storage, and sold them off by the storage crate, each group of rifles accompanied by an equivalent number of issued bayonets, cleaning rods, ammo pouches, cleaning kits, oiler bottles, and slings. Since this one was never issued, and therefore never saw service (after the 1947 rebuild), the wood was unworn. This meant it had lots of "wood whiskers" which I smoothed out completely (and brought out the grain), by disassembling and removing all the metal, then just slowly rubbing it out with 0000 steel wool, alternating with a rub-down and rub-in of wood oil.

A very good shooter, too. Far superior to my US .30-06 Model 03A3. The target below is at 300 yards (that's three football fields away from the shooting bench), and the black Shoot-N-See is 5 1/2 inches wide. I rested the forestock on a sandbag. Ammunition was WW2 German military surplus.
300 yadrs, iron sights