What a beautiful crest! Great find.
I mixed up the 1910 model with another rare Mauser the 1901 with a rare crest posted elsewhere. There are several interesting guns being discussed the same time right now. Yup, by 1910, most of the major powers were on the same page as far as guns and ammo was concerned.By the time the Costa Rican M1910 was made there were lots of other countries around the word taking advantage of the Mauser Gew 98 action, including Germany and the U.S. But none of them had 5 (count them!) volcanoes on their rifle crest - how cool is that!
Never had any intention to shoot the short one. In fact I don’t shoot the vast majority of my collection. Have enough modern day firearms to satisfy my shooting needs.Wow! That has to be near complete removal of the top locking lug!!!
I have a short(er) Costa Rican that I have never been able to figure out what stock it needed. It looks like it would be a pretty close match to yours in length, but it is still 7x57.
I think I would have looked for another buyer...Had a all matching beautiful WW2 German 98k that I went ahead and shot. Broke the firing pin. Sold it but only got half what it was originally worth. Gave the buyer the original firing pin with the sale. Lost money. That’s why I refrain from shooting the scarce ones.
It was a friend and fellow collector who really wanted it. When I said I lost money , I did get my purchase price and tad more. On the auction block it would have brought a lot more. I am old school and value my friendship with other collectors and a few of them are on this website.I think I would have looked for another buyer...