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I know I'm not the only one out there with these Mauser snipers from the Bosnian war. Lets display them.

I've had 3 in the last two years, two built on Yugo reworked 98k and one m48 which is the one I decided to keep.

Here is mine, m48 fitted with Zrak bases and rings of the Mauser pattern, and an earlier Zrak ON-M76 with the IR detector. Most of the scopes you see are the later ON-M76A and ON-M76B. Rifle is a older Century import with a very small CAI YUGO 8MM on the bottom of the barrel.

Rifle is two rifles put together, the stock, trigger guard, and floor plate are from one rifle and the barreled receiver and bolt are from another rifle. I would imagine this could have been when the rifle was converted into a sniper, whatever gunsmith assembled this in Bosnia may have been converting a few rifles and had the barreled actions separated form the stocks and then they could have been mixed up when reassembled. Rifle came with both bases soldered in place. I had a set of original Zrak rings that I had been saving till I found a rifle.

 

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Very nice. I have been looking for one of these over the last 10 years, very hand to find @ a good price point. The ones I have come across have had the scope and base removed.

HDH.
they are out there, I got lucky with this rifle and one of the 98k both had the bases still installed. The bases and rings do turn up on eBay from time to time you just have to watch for them. I have one of the scopes listed on the trader right now.

all three of my rifles I got through the trader on this forum. I don't remember for sure as it was some time last year but I think I either paid $325 for this m48 or $325 in trade value for it. That was with no scope or rings, but both bases were present. Bore is a little dark and worn and it shoots ok but not great. I have a brand new m48 barrel I'm on the fence about installing it. On the one hand as it is now it's just as it was used, but is worn can can't truly live up to its potential and is really only good for shooting steel targets at anything past 100 meters. On the other hand I could put the new barrel on and it would be a killer shooter. Don't know yet what I want to do.
 

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Here are two others I used to own. Regret selling them, they were both pretty good shooters.

 

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Nice looking rifle, hope to get mine some what together this weekend. I have had the rifle for a while and got the Zrak mounts a few weeks ago which look like they will only need minor fitting. Below is a link to when I got the rifle.

http://forums.gunboards.com/showthread.php?162274-Yugo-M48-Sniper-purchase

That looks like a nice one you have there. Take your time fitting the rear base, the better fit to the charger guide the less you will have to grind off the back of he mount. I'd love to see it when it is done.

on a very important note. Once you have it together, and have the scope zeroed....let me know and I'll tell you how to re calibrate the range and windage dials. Don't just take out the screws as there are two very tiny springs and ballbearings in there and the will vanish if you are not careful.
 

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The rear mount almost sits flush with the charger guide. Previous owner had already done the cut on the back of the mount and has grinded some off the bottom front to fit the charger so it's going to be a slow go. File a little, check fit, file some more, etc and if by chance I screw it up I have an extra set of bases on hand. Below is a pic of them.

As for the scope I'll keep that in mind when I acquire one, mounts set me back a little. After I get the mounts on I have an older/vintage Weaver 3x9 I'll use to test her out.

 

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I have a spare scope around when you are ready.

looks like most of the hard work is already done so you are in good shape.

The rear mount almost sits flush with the charger guide. Previous owner had already done the cut on the back of the mount and has grinded some off the bottom front to fit the charger so it's going to be a slow go. File a little, check fit, file some more, etc and if by chance I screw it up I have an extra set of bases on hand. Below is a pic of them.

As for the scope I'll keep that in mind when I acquire one, mounts set me back a little. After I get the mounts on I have an older/vintage Weaver 3x9 I'll use to test her out.

 

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Not sure how one goes about testing it, but the IR screen is there and you can put it into the field of view
Its quite simple actually, you charge it through the window on the top of the scope. You can use sunlight or just regular light indoors. Once changed you flip the filter down, turn the lights off and have someone point a tv remote at you and press a button. If working it should show up as a faint flickering green glow in the scope. It was intended as a passive IR detection that could detect the IR projectors on active IR night vision devices.
 

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Its quite simple actually, you charge it through the window on the top of the scope. You can use sunlight or just regular light indoors. Once changed you flip the filter down, turn the lights off and have someone point a tv remote at you and press a button. If working it should show up as a faint flickering green glow in the scope. It was intended as a passive IR detection that could detect the IR projectors on active IR night vision devices.
yup, IR works. Faith green flicker indeed.
 

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Here is my M-48 ex sniper. I was able to get an original set of Zrak mounts but the friggin holes aren't even close to matching up. And also is my 24/47 Mountain Cav Sniper that I put back together. A set of EAW swing mounts went right on the 24/47, holes matched and even the handguard was matched for the bases. So it may have had those mounts originally.



 

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Here is my M-48 ex sniper. I was able to get an original set of Zrak mounts but the friggin holes aren't even close to matching up. And also is my 24/47 Mountain Cav Sniper that I put back together. A set of EAW swing mounts went right on the 24/47, holes matched and even the handguard was matched for the bases. So it may have had those mounts originally.



 

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M48 Mauser Sniper Rifle
or Tandzara "Tahn jara"
By John Hardin
The rifle above has mounted a Zrak ON-76 Sniper Scope. It has a range finding reticule cammed for the 8mm cartridge.
What is a M48 Mauser rifle and Preduzece 44?
The M48 was made post war by Yugoslavia on the pattern of the K98 with some changes such as the full handguard and a shorter intermediate length action. All M48 Mausers were made in Yugoslavia at the Preduzece 44 factory, part of a group of factories for Zastava. Practically all parts of the M-48 rifles were milled as opposed to using stamped steel. The exception is the M48A and M48B rifles. In order to reduce production costs the Preduzece 44 factory used stamped barrel bands, stamped trigger guards, and stamped floor plates. To confuse things there is a whole line of models and variations of Yugo Mausers. These include, 1924, M-24, M-24/47, M24/52, M48, M48A, M48B, M48BO, M98. Any of these may have been found in the same sniper configurations as the M48 for use in the Bosnian Civil War. To better understand the many variations and models of Mauser rifles produced in former Yugoslavia I highly recommend the article "Yugo Mauser Rifles Explained" presented on the Marstar Canada website.
This is a M48 rifle that has had EAW style Hebelschwenkmontage style scope mount bases added at some time. When these rifles were first imported and offered by Century Arms there was a choice of rifle with Mauser Banner marked mount or ZRAK marked mount. Both mounts are very similar. The Banner marked mount is of much older use with the ZRAK mount of more recent manufacture and still produced today. They were initially marketed as Bosnian Sniper Rifles. These rifles will be import marked on barrel with Yugo 8mm C.A.I. Georgia VT. With similar mounts still in production and readily available, the M48 is an excellent candidate to replicate by collectors as used during the Bosnian War. At the same time a rifle built from parts should never be presented as an authentic Sniper rifle. With replica or fake examples of this rifle easy to produce by just adding mount, scope, and altering the bolt, collectors purchasing an authentic example of this rifle in Sniper configuration should always request and retain the original shipping documents if at all possible.
There were a few other mystery mounting systems that were mixed in with the above rifles. Some with mounts even crudely welded. Century arms more recently began offering drilled and tapped M48 rifles not marketed as sniper rifles. There has been a great variety in the mounting on these. Some that look like they take standard Weaver mounts or likely a similar mount made by EAW. Some have been reported with just one big hole drilled. It appears Century Arms sorted every rifle that was missing one or more mounts, or just had holes tapped into them onto one pallet and sold them as "drilled and tapped". Some appear to be someone's project never finished.
My rifle came from Century Arms in better than the advertised "Good" condition in my opinion. About 90% or better blue. Stock has only a few dings or scratches with the worst from the included bayonet riding against the stock in the shipping box. Serial number of K50480 and matched on all parts. Handle is ground where serial number would have been on bolt. Three digit number on bottom of bolt does not match serial number of receiver, but is stamped under the wood line on the receiver and the barrel which apparently was replaced during an arsenal overhaul or sniper conversion. One other rifle has been reported to me as being marked in this way. The bolt has much grinding and polishing in various places and works smoother than any bolt action rifle I currently own.

The Fleur de lis on the Stock and what does it mean!
It turns out through some complicated accidents of history, this was the national symbol of Bosnia and was used in Bosnia's Coat of Arms. This would indicate this as a rifle used by Bosnia. First thought by me was that by chance would have been added by the soldier that used it. I did receive information from a gentlmen who spent the last 7 months as part of the SFOR (UN "police" force that the US participates in). He witnessed a similar emblem on a whole pile of various weapons including AK's, RPG's, and even their Mortars. As far as they were able to figure out it is a Bosniac (Yugoslavian Muslim) emblem. For instance one of these on a weapon or whatever would indicate it as being Bosniac, and not a Serb or Croat weapon. Croat used weapons often have a Croatian checkerboard shield carved or painted on them. The patch at top left used during a time of alliance between Croats and Muslims during the war shows both these symbols.
I also was contacted by an ex Serb soldier with some chilling information on the symbol as it appears on my rifle stock. In his own words:
" have seen your
insignia on your gun that you bought, and I got
chills. That gun was in possession of the most
cold-blooded snipers that I ever known. Numbers of the
people that those snipers killed is not known till
this day. I am very amazed that you have that gun
because nobody ever captured one from those
snipers. Those snipers were trained by the Soldiers of
Fortune in the early stages of war in Bosnia. They
didn't work in groups and never made kills on the same
location. Serb controlled army even had money on their
heads, but to my knowledge nobody ever claimed kill or
capture of those snipers."
In Bosnia the "Soldiers of Fortune" or SOF was believed to be Islamic Iranian Mujahedin rebels who had a training camp set up during the duration of the war until raided by NATO in 1996.
I did manage to make contact with David Abarzua of Century Arms to ask him where Century imported the current M48 sniper rifles from. He did verify that this shipment of rifles did originate in Bosnia. Century in fact began advertising their M48 mausers as Bosnian. There are no distinguishing markings for rifles used in Bosnia other than Insignia, markings or carvings placed by individual soldiers or squads that may or may not be present.

Scoped M48 rifles used in Bosnia?
Most of this was covered in my introduction page, but I will add that Scoped rifles were also used by Game Wardens and the Forestry Service. Other scoped rifles may have been government built in the Territorial Defense stores. Even in present day Bosnia, High School Kids train with the M48 in a class called Defense and Civilian Protection. In Bosnia all boys and girls are required to be proficient with the old rifles. And of course Bosnia was a great hunting area before the war with many owning personal scoped hunting rifles. So not all scoped M48 rifles used during the Bosnian Civil War were expedient conversions. Many were in use before the war and commandeered for the war effort by all sides. M48 sniper rifles have been used in the Yugoslavia region after the Bosnia War. In February of 1999 a M48 sniper rifle was found as part of a large transport of arms bound for Kosovo. The Lorry was intercepted by the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs. Though the Lorry had Macedonian number plates, the weapons were found to have originated from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Click HERE to go back to my Introduction page for more on the use of older rifles during the war there. Locally the rifle was referred to as Tandzara (Tahn jara). Not sure what the translation is on that.
Here is a link to a documentary about a Serb Sniper that includes a self portrait picture of him with a scoped M48 rifle. "Face of Mercy, Face of Hate".
My restored Bosnian Sniper rifle
Need new right side picture
Quick Release Scope Mount. Returns to zero when remounted.
Note ground bolt knob to clear the scope bell on any large scope. Some rifles such as those using the ZRAK M76 scope may not need this alteration, but it does make it easier on the fingers. Some of these snipers have also been found with a bolt that has more bend than original. Others cut and crudely welded with a sharp degree bend.
Another view of the bolt. No markings on top or sides.
Single unknown letter stamped on underside of bolt ball. Three digit number stamped on underside of handle. This number also stamped on receiver under the wood line. Also a K in a triangle and a U in a box. I don't know what the K and U stand for.
Now the Scope mounts and receiver markings.

Mauser marked mount on right originally made for the Zastava Sporters in late 1970s to 1980s through a licensing deal with Mauser Werks. ZRAK marked mount on Left copied by the ZRAK optics factory in Sarajevo Bosnia and still in production today. Note the size difference in the mounting holes. This was intended to be a universal mount and altered to fit individual rifles. Note the very different alterations that were done to these two mounts.


"Mauser Banner" mark on left side of rear base.
Another look at the front base and here you can also see the markings on the side of the receiver. In Cyrillic block letters it reads PREDUZECE 44. Preduzece 44 is the facility at Kragujevic, Yugoslavia where post war M48 rifles were built. Also marked "o with a slash" Cyrillic N that looks like H, R, J. In English FNRJ or Fedrativna Narodna Republicka Jugoslavija. (Peoples Republic of Yugoslavia).
A nice look into the top of the front scope mount and the Yugo Crest can be seen inside.
Here are a couple pictures of the stock and its markings. Note that the stock is also serial numbered matching to the receiver.
The "fleur-de-lis" on the buttstock that gives my rifle provenance as a Muslim Snipers weapon during the 1992-95 war. This is only one example of many different emblems, carvings, and stickers one may find on a Bosnian War rifle. Some markings seen have been various Bosnian or Croat Coat of Arms, specific unit insignia , some perhaps a symbol of historical importance to the soldier such as a crescent moon and star. Often rifles will have a soldiers name or place of battle carved into them. Some elaborate and well done, others very crude as if done with a bayonet. Others may have such silly things as a sticker of various TV stars or Cartoon characters of the period.​
Hard to see in the picture, but this 3/8 inch diameter cartouch has the letters BK stamped in it. One would first think this stood for Boiuno Kraguyevac or Kraguyevac Arsenal. Kraguyevac being the same town where the military ordinance facories Zavodi Crvena Zastava(ZCZ), Vojno Technichiki Zavod (BT), and Preduzece 44 are located. But interesting enough, BK is just a military acceptance stamp. Though in order to be within “brotherhood and unity “ guidelines, every body was allowed to use their national language such as Slovenes, Macedonians, and other minorities, the official language in former Yugoslavia was Serbo/Croatian and the official writing was in Latin letters. The language taught in schools was Serbo/Croatian, and Latin letters. Since Kragujevac was located in Serbia, some of the writings on the weapons were in Cyrillic and some in Latin. When the weapon came off the production line, the Army had to inspect each one and approve it. Therefore, the BK stamped on M48 and SKS rifles is the same as the Latin VK or VOJNA KONTROLA or a military control ( inspection) acceptance stamp. The factory itself was not operated by the Army, but Government of Yugoslavia, therefore, since the Government was a “contractor “ for the Army, the Army had to accept and approve all of the weapons.
A good picture of the U in a box on the stock bolt. This and the K in a triangle are stamped on several parts of the rifle. A common Yugoslavian Arsenal Proof found on many Yugo produced rifles and parts.
Band with the U in a box mark.

Mauser Banner and Zrak Scope mounts
The mounts most seen appear to be copies of original post war Mauser Swing Bridge Mounts that mount the scope higher than normal. The original Hebelschwenkmontage mounts would have come with options of three heights. 17 mm, 19 mm or 22 mm and different size rings. The mounts on the M48 Sniper rifles will be marked with either the "Mauser Banner" or ZRAK. I received a lot of conflicting information on the origin of the Banner and ZRAK scope mounts. In the late 1970's the Yugoslavian Firm of Zavodi Crvena Zastava (ZCZ), struck a licensing deal with Mauser Werks to market Mauser Sporters in Europe through the German distributor Eduard Kettner. It was known as the Mauser/Zastava M98 that was built on the Mark X action for Mauser. These rifles were made with used parts and new receivers as well as old K98k parts with Tech support from FN and Mauser. ZCZ is also the company that made the Interarms sporter mausers for commercial sale. Kettners distributed the cheap Zastava Sporters identical to the M48 Sniper rifle pictured in this article. He indicated the original "Mauser Banner" marked mounts are the originals made for Zastava by "Otto Bock" and not made by EAW. The EAW mount of the time was different. ZCZ is still in business selling nice 98 sporters with double set triggers, hinged floor plates, deep rich bluing, and nice wood. ZCZ also made Yugo cars and ammunition. The factory was hit by Cruise Missiles in 1999 during the Kosovo conflict, but apparently it did not affect the custom or military rifle branch of the firm. ZCZ is in Kragujevac, Yugoslavia. It's interesting that Kragujevac is home to three ordnance / firearms factories: Preduzece 44, VTZ (Vojno Technichiki Zavod: Military Technical Factory, the BT3 or BK in Cyrillic stamp seen on some Yugo stocks) and the Red Banner Factories: Zavodi Crvena Zastava or ZCZ. There are identical mounts found on these rifles that do not have the Mauser Banner marking, but instead marked ZRAK. ZRAK is an optics factory in Sarajevo, Bosnia and was once tied to the same complex of ordnance factories in Kraguyevac Yugoslavia. The ZRAK marked mounts were bootlegged by the company of that name perhaps because the patents on the 1950s design had expired. They are still made and available today. The only difference I have found between the older Banner and Zrak marked mounts is that the ZRAK made mounts appear to have used smaller diameter mounting screws than the original Banner marked bases for attaching to the receiver. The only diameter rings found with these mounts so far are one inch.
A possible source of complete original ZRAK mounts and optics Ken Buch. He imported the Zrak scopes for rifles in my collection . Ken is a great guy to deal with and he is also a fellow collector. Best to contact him through is website athttp://www.kebcollc.com. Pictures and other information on the scopes, and info on how the scope bases are modified can also be found on his website. He usually has a few unrelated Curio and Relic items not normally imported by the larger distributors so always worth checking his site often.
The EAW Mount
There was also an EAW mount available during the early 1990s based on the same 1950s design and patented in 1958. It was called the EAW-Hebel Swing mount. The Hebel Swing mount's rings also fit the same base's as the Mauser Banner and Zrak marked mounts. With the great variety of mounts on the M48 Sniper rifles that Century Arms imported, this could also have been used. EAW-Hebel Swing mount parts are still available with one source being New England Custom Guns. The most common rear lockup on the M48 Snipers is 19mm wide. EAW has only one setup available to fit the 19mm configuration and it puts the scope very high at around 17mm over the front base. Though they look similar to the original it is a slightly different lockup. EAW is know for making versatile mounts. From the EAW website: "With regard to new developments, it has always been a very important goal that all products of the mount program match as well as possible. Thus EAW mounts usually do not become antiquated because very often parts of today's production also fit on older models." This is why more current rings can be found to fit the older bases. Though less likely to be original to the Bosnian rifles, it is still a viable option to restore one with. Many of these rifles were built during the war with whatever was available. The EAW mount might still be considered correct to restore one of these rifles as the EAW mount was available during and before the Bosnian War.
At right, M48 Sniper with EAW-Hebel mounts owned by Paul Oats

To visit theEAW website and learn more about the EAW-Hebel Swing Mounts

What scope is correct?
Actually a number of scopes could be correct, but some are more likely than others. If the scope mounts were added for the TO before the war or for service during the war, it would most likely be scopes made by the military optics mfg called "ZRAK" that also sold binocs, rifle scopes, and weapons sights abroad and to civilians. As mentioned before many of the scoped rifles probably started as Game Warden or Forestry rifles. It is likely they would have used locally produced scopes such as the ZRAK hunting or military scopes. Interesting in that Zrak, currently located at 71000 Sarajevo, Adema Buce 102 is still in operation. They did close down for a short time during the war. Today, According to the Chamber of Economy of Sarajevo Canton, ZRAK HOLDING produces for export 1000 hunting/sniper scopes annually. ZRAK made hunting scopes were used with the nicer ZCZ produced sporter models. There is a great picture of a nice ZCZ Sporter with Mauser Banner marked mounts and Zrak Hunting scope in the book "Mauser Sporting Rifles" by Speed. Also ZRAK made the M76 Sniper rifle scope with a 1 inch diameter tube. With the ZRAK mounts found on the imported M48 rifles also being one inch diameter it is natural that the M76 scope and Zrak Hunting Scopes would have been commandeered for use with the ZRAK mounts. ZRAK certainly had several on hand when ties were cut off with the other factories at the onset of the war. It was not uncommon for government snipers to discard the M76 scope for more powerful scopes and these could have been handed down for militia use. There is a picture in the book "Hearts Grown Brutal" by Roger Cohen of a Muslim Sniper with a M48 Sniper rifle Identical to the Century Imports. It is sporting a Zrak Scope. The Zastava M48 rifles made in former Yugoslavia with the "Mauser Banner" marked mounts were originally sold by Kettners with a cheap 6x42 scope imported from China. The scope was also marked with the "Mauser Banner" emblem. Some pictures seen in Germany show Snipers using rifles retaining these Chinese made scopes. The above scopes is believed to be the most used, but other optics were certainly used. There is no evidence that the Century Arms imported M48 Sniper rifles used a particular "issue" scope.The fact that some rifles had ground or bent bolts that were needed to clear the original scopes and some obviously did not supports this. Bosnia is a lot like Wyoming topographically, steep sloped mountains and forests, so had lots of hunting before the war. Scopes could have been stripped from hunting rifles, or even older military rifles to use on others for the war. Often weapons and gear were traded/given/sold to the Bosnians by sympathetic UN troops. Bosnians, be it Croatians, Serbs, or Muslims were very versatile. As an example, recently there was an RPG-7 scope on Ebay brought back from Bosnia that had been adapted to fit on an AK47 rifle. Anything could have been on these rifles with the most likely and suitable scope being one that would have been readily available in the Balkans from the early 1990s or before. What was readily available can be confusing. I once believed German made scopes such as a Pecar scope would have been a likely option. But I found Pecar mostly exported their scopes to the British Commonwealth. Most people in Bosnia would not be familiar with what a Pecar Scope was.
Zrak ON-M76 Sniper Scope with rubber eye cup removed.
Tritium Plate on side of Scope to illuminate sight picture in scope.

Exported scope cap on left, Serbian scope cap on right.


Links to pictures of a couple of actual military issue Yugo Mauser Sniper rifles from the personal gallery of Branko Bogdanovic who is soon to have a book release: "Serbian and Yugoslav Mauser Rifles,". Look for it to be available soon from North Cape publishers.



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Robert Skidmore provided some pictures of a M48 Sniper with some very unique features. You have got to check this out! Before clicking on this link, consider that in Bosnia there were Sniper Squads known to have been composed entirely of Women.
***Click here*** to see the David Haselhoff Sniper rifle.
[HR][/HR]. Relevant links and sources of information

This photo essay was made in an effort to further research my rifle. I add to it as I obtain more information. I have received most of this information through contacts found on Forums and listserves on the net and visitors to this website. Thank you to all the people who responded. Some with a wealth of information. No longer is this just another rifle it is a part of history.
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The above article by John is over ten years old. So the parts info. etc. is obsolete.

Also, some of the info. has been shown to be incorrect, but it is minor.
Mastars article for one.

However this was written shortly after CIA imported the field expedient Mausers.


I HAVE TO INSERT HERE. THAT i THOUGHT THIS THREAD WAS ON THE SNIPER RIFLE FORUM, NOT THE MAUSER COLLECTOR FORUM.

SO MY RESPONSE WAS GEARED TO SHOOTERS, SORRY ABOUT THAT.

I'LL LEAVE IT AS IS, MAYBE SOMEONE CAN GET SOMETHING OUT OF IT.


There is some good info. in this article.

There are countless thousands of M48s scoped here in the states with various mounts and scopes in the last decade or so.

My gun club of 1,500 members has scoped and shot more than I care to count in the last decade.

Any M48 can be made into a field expedient "sniper" in a few hours.

The M48 field expedient Mauser from CIA had paperwork, receipt, stating the rifle was D&T prior to import.

There was only a few prototype scoped Mauser done by Zastava, none saw service and are in museums.
They had M/N type PU side mounts.

All the rest of the scoped Mauser from the region, were either field expedient or forest service rifles. Or hunting guns.
 

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To expand a little further on the why so many M48s were D&T here in the states.

Collectors wanting a cool looking X sniper, used to pay well for a look alike "sniper" rifles. ie. the whole M/N sniper rifle thing. Thousands of M/N regular field rifles scoped to look like real "sniper" rifles for the American market.

The same deal for M48s.

Decades ago we could find unissued M48s with mint bores for under $200.

Using the exc. Yugo 8mm seventies or newer, "sniper ammo" these rifles were exc. shooters up to 1,000 yds.

To put things in perspective. We tested 8mm for many years and started way over a decade ago.
8mm seventies or newer used to sell for around $50 per 900 case. We bought it by the pallet full.

The only Mauser in 8mm that we could consistantly get, was the M48s.

All others it was extremely difficult to get in exc. or like new bores.

M48s at the time had a never ending supply of with new barrels. Or so it seemed.

So it was cheap shooting with a extremely accurate (for 8mm) rifle.

I should add. The paperered M48s from CIA as the article stated, had various parts of mounts on them.

Only a very small percentage of the CIA imported X "snipers" had good bores and or throats and crowns. VERY SMALL percentage.

So for shooters it was better to find a unissued M48 and scope it. Many did just that. Not only in our club,but all over the U.S.

I DO NOT ADVOCATE altering any original milsurp. Having said that, I also don't believe in telling others what to do or how to enjoy their property.

There are lots of folks that like to yap about someone D&T a like new M48, but it would not be wise to do it to their face, not in our gun club anyway.
Unissued M48s have no hist. most of the shooters used the MM with new bores, so no loss there.

Our shooters were not collectors and had no problem with scoping these good shooters for sport and accuracy shooting.

It was always difficult to find a Smith that was adept in mounting the finicky Zrak mounts.

It takes expertise to install them correctly.
Even then, after many rounds the problems with the Zraks with all of its adjustments came up.

A lot of the shooters switched to using Leupold mounts, which looked almost like Zrak at a fraction of the price.
I lost the part number, but they make a model for Military mausers, not FN that works well.

There is no "correct" mount for field expedient M48s from that region. Read the article, it is right.

I always like the old Weaver K series scopes, long and sleek, and very fine cross hairs, on these Mausers. Looked the part.

My favorite scoped M48, i had several, is one I used for over eight years to clean up the shoot N see targets that had black left on them after a shoot.
I probably shot close to 20,000 rounds through over the years.

Had to re crown it twice.

We shot 8 hrs. a day for three days a week for many years during our test.

Started to cut back when the ammo doubled and trippled in price when the word got out how good it shoots.x

The reason I included this bit, is that most believe the barrels on the these milsrups were only good for around 10,000 rounds or so. One of
Mine started out with new barrel and it was still shooting decent, but not great years after.
 
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