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I recently picked up my 14th Mauser, and it lead me to thinking about where I want to stop at with Mausers specifically. Eventually my plan is to start "buying up" (replacing guns with better quality guns, then selling the worst one) but that means that I have to stop buying new models first. So here's the question: What 25 different models of Mauser rifles would you collect, that are reasonably priced and were fairly common? Here's what I've got so far (Plus a Swedish '94 and Brazilian VZ24).
 

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I had the same 'problem' back in the 60's, when every issue of the Rifleman would have pages of mil-surp rifles for sale. They were cheap but wages were low, so it was the same problem as to-day (many wants, little money). I decided to collect only 98 model Mausers made by Germany, FN, Czech ( I have added a few Yugo's). I now have about 80 or so but they are all in VG or better condition. (couple exceptions). I have since broken the 98 Mauser only rule, cause they are getting too pricey and also cause 'I have never met a gun I didn't like' or hardly ever! Oh yes, that rule, back when, caused me to miss out on some rifles that to-day are valuable and desirable, but I just could not buy them all!
 

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Congratulations.
My thoughts mirror yours very closely. Since I, coincidence(?), just got my 14th. 2 weeks ago. Surprise, surprise...the wife asked me a similar question after that one.....Do you have a certain number, kind, or whatever you're going to stop at ?
Guess it's going to be downsize before I buy more, or find room for another safe.

My collection so far, is a variety, and I like that. So I'm on my way to your 25 wants list. Just like to upgrade a couple of those and would have to part with a couple more to make room

Regards,
Chuck.
 

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Nice collection, Dave. I like how you have them displayed.

I collect guns like I collect coins; pick a type to obsess on (Seated Liberty Quarters in coins, Gewehr 98s in gun) and go for one of each year in each maker. Condition doesn't so much matter at first, as long as they're at least "fine", I can always upgrade later.
 

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I would get an 03 or 03A3. It is a Mauser after all and one of the best if you ask me. Im sorry but I dont exactly know that you have there. I would say a 95 Chileno. Any Swedes. Germany. Turkish. The 95 Chileno or Spanish Carbines are great lil rifles.
 

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Well, I don't think of a Springfield as a Mauser, so the '03A1 and '03A3 are on a different gunrack.
Just thinking about it, here's 22 Mausers:
1871
71/84
1889 Belgian
1891 Argentinian
1893 Spanish
1894 Swede
1895 Chilean
1896 Swede
1898
Kar98
K98k
1908 Brazilian
1909 Peru/Argentina
1916 Spanish
FN24
VZ24
98/22
98/29
1938 Swede
1938 Turk
24/47 Yugo
1948 Yugo

Any additions or substitutions to make it to 25?
 

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Here's a list of 50 I picked up here and there. I don't know how to pick 25 of them. :confused:

Amberg G98 long rifle, 7.9x57, 1916
Belgian L’Etat M1889/36 rifle, 7.65x53, 1895-1914/1936
Brazilian Itajuba 08/34 .30 rifle, .30-06 (7.62X63), c.1948,
Chinese 21st Arsenal Chiang Kai-Shek rifle, 7.9x57, 1947
CZ Brno VZ12/33 El Salvador carbine, 7X57, 1937
CZ Brno VZ24 Chinese rifle, 7.92X57, 1937
CZ Brno VZ24 Colombian rifle, 7X57, c.1935
CZ Brno VZ24 Czech Lion Crest rifle, 7.92X57, 1938
CZ Brno VZ24 Guatemalan rifle, 7X57, 1937
CZ Brno VZ24 Iraqi rifle, 7.9x57, 1925
CZ Brno VZ24 Romanian rifle, 7.9X57, 1939
CZ Brno VZ24 (JC) Brazilian rifle, 7X57, 1930
CZ Brno VZ98/29 Persian long rifle, 7.9x57, 1930
CZ Brno VZ98/22 Turkish long rifle, 7.92X57, 1923
Danzig K98a carbine, 7.9x57, 1918
DWM M1891 Argentine carbine, 7.65x53, 1899
DWM M1891 Peruvian long rifle, 7.65x53, 1901
DWM M1908 Brazilian long rifle, 7x57, c. 1908
DWM M1909 Argentine carbine, 7.65x54, 1910
FN 1924 Mexican carbine, 7x57, c. 1927
FN 1930 Venezuelan rifle, 7x57, c. 1938
FN 1930 Greek rifle, 7.9x57, c. 1939
FN 1930 Chinese rifle, 7.9X57, c. 1937
FN 1935 Peruvian Mauser rifle, 7.62X63, c.1935
FN 1950 Columbian rifle, .30-06 (7.62x63), c. 1950
FN 1950 Haitian rifle, 7.62x63, c. 1950
FN 1950 Israeli rifle, 7.62X51 NATO, c. 1954
FN 1950 Moroccan Mauser carbine, 7.62X63, c. 1950
Japanese Tokyo Arsenal M1903 Siamese long rifle, 8x52R, c. 1903
Loewe M1895 Chilean short rifle, 7x57, c. 1897
Mauser O. M1893 Turkish long rifle, 7.9x57, c. 1895, rebarreled 1935
Mauser O. M1903 Turkish long rifle, 7.9X57, c.1903, rebarreled 1935
Mauser Orberndorf M1933 Argentine carbine, 7.65X54, c.1933
Mauser Orberndorf M1937A Portugese rifle, 7.9x57, 1937
Mauser Orberndorf K98k rifle, 7.9x57, 1939
Mauser Orberndorf G98 long rifle, 7.9X57, 1917
Mexican M1910 long rifle, 7x57, 1934
Polish Radom Wz29 rifle, 7.9x57, 1934
Sauer K98k rifle, 7.9x57, 1939, Soviet capture
Spandau IG71/84 long rifle, 11.15x60R, 1888
Spanish La Coruna M1943 rifle, 7.9x57, 1946
Spanish Oviedo M1893 long rifle, 7X57, 1899
Spanish Oviedo M1916 short rifle, 7x57, 1927-1929
Steyr M1912 Chilean long rifle, 7x57, 1912-1914
Swedish Carl Gustafs M1896 long rifle, 6.5x55, 1915
Turkish Kirikkale M1938 long rifle, 7.92X57, 1940
Yugoslavian M1924 rifle, 7.9x57, 1933
Yugoslavian M48 rifle, 7.9X57, 1952
Yugoslavian M48BO (no markings) rifle, 7.9x57, 1957
Yugoslavian M48BO Syrian Rifle, 7.92X57, 1957
 

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Nice start. I collect all military guns but specialize in Mausers. I've been collecting for 45 years and have built up a modest Mauser collection (150+). Buy whatever is available at resonable prices. Military bolt actions are becoming hard to find. I work for a major importer and travel all over the world. Mausers are drying up! Good matching Mausers are very rare.
As to what branch of Mauser to collect? Perhaps starting with a country would be wise. Currently I'm concentrating on Czech and Yugo since they are still plentiful and priced right. 15 years ago I built up my Swede collection for the same reason. Guns I bought for $100. back then are now worth three time that amount (great investment).
Steve
 

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David,
My recommendation is that if you want to keep things modest in terms of your dollar investment, avoid all German Army service rifles. This reduces your risk in many areas, not the least of which is forgery, and gives you more money for your focused collecting.

Personally, if I were going to start collecting today on a limited budget, I would focus on either Chinese Mausers or Cold War Mausers (1945-1995). I would collect only authentic, original condition service rifles unless rebuilt and reissued during the Cold War. No trials or test pieces, no snipers, no bayonets, no scabbards, no accoutrements...just rifles. Most rifles in these two categories are historically understudied and under-appreciated but are widely available, and, in the Cold War rifles, in very nice condition. While there are a few high end models that will be hard to find and expensive, the great majority are out there waiting to be collected. And there is plenty to keep you busy. The number of models and variations are huge, with many uncatalogued. The chances of finding unknown pieces is therefore fairly high, and if you want to focus on just one of a type, or get into variations (e.g. Norwegian Kar98k's, or 7.62 NATO conversions, or Israeli Mausers, or postwar police rifles, or Vietnam/Korean War bring-backs, etc), the opportunity is there. (I would also give serious thought to collecting Mannlicher service rifles!)
Good Collecting!
Regards,
John
 

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1938 Swede? Really? That would be an oddity. Great start David. I decided to focus on Swedes. Highest quality, great caliber, great variety, plentiful, inexpensive, and excellent reference in Crown Jewels. My second choice would be Argentines, but my house is too small and my wife's patience too short. I've been upgrading the collection for 5 years now. Sample below displays different types of stock wood used in the 1915-1917 years when European walnut became scarce. Far left is an 1898 Carl Gustafs with European walnut stock, far right is a 1925 with beech stock. In between you have American black walnut, male, elm, and mahogany.

I would love to acquire a Boer. Happy collecting...Dan
 

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