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This is a Model 1893 Spanish Mauser manufactured by the Oviedo arsenal in 1927. The furniture has a nice, though subtle, tiger-striping and the metal is in excellent condition. The bore also looks great, it is shiny with sharp lands and grooves.

































All the parts are matching with the exception of the bolt, which is not uncommon for rifles that came through the Spanish Civil War.







What makes this rifle a bit unique is that it was rechambered from its original Spanish 7mm Mauser to the German 7.92mm caliber ammuntion. Not certain when this was done, but it is rather intriguing that the encircled "CAL. 7.92" stock cartouche is near to and struck just as clearly and deeply as an encircled " Crown over Oviedo 1931" cartouche. I do notice though that the one appears a little "odd" and seems to be double struck or something?



It was my understanding that Franciso Franco had many Model 1893 rifles rechambered to 8mm Mauser after the Spanish Civil War to standardize ammunition usage. But, perhaps some rifles were done early in the 1930's as well since Spain already had fostered a relatively close relationship with Germany by this time.

Speaking of stock cartouches, another really neat feature of the rifle is all the proof marks found on the stock. I think by far the neatest is the proof mark that looks like a bull's-eye!



Any comments on the rifle and thoughts about its provenance are greatly appreciated.

Tim
 

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looks nice

I am a novice, however, when numbers match....that is a good thing. I would say that it would look good in my collection! Regards, Rick.
 

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Cool rifle, looks like the 7.92 stamp was applied at the same time the Oviedo stamp. Was the gas excape hole standard on these Spanish made rifles or done later? My Berlin 1896 made rifle lacks the gas hole.
 

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It has been a good number of years since I have seen any Spanish '93 that looked that good! I wouldn't have thought that one like yours could still be found these days. I'd give it a Wow! DDR
 

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Nice!
 

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nice rifle and great pics

Thank you for posting those pictures. Very nice stock condition on that one. Was this rifle recently posted for auction? The only similar one I recall was listed briefly but retracted. Neat gun. Chris
 

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Yes, this rifle was recently up for auction and I just had to have it. Actually, I lucked out in that the owner accepted an offer under $250, which I thought was a reasonable price to pay for a rifle in such nice condition. However, as I am unfamiliar with the Spanish Mauser rifles in general please tell me whether this was a great bargain, a reasonable price, or did I overpay.

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your rifle

Hi Tim -

Based on your pictures, I can't see how you over paid as the stock is exceptional and you just don't see many of these. If you had to have one, then you had to have one.

I'm still looking for a nice 1893 to complete my basic design examples. I've ben holding out for a nice Loewe or at least high condition and matching Oviedo, but no luck so far. I'm still kicking myself for passing on a deal last year that I'd jump all over right now!

Again, great pics - thank you for sharing.

If you end up shooting it, please share.

Chris
 

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Oviedo 1927-7,92- Oviedo 1931 Stock

The Receiver was made in 1927...the Woodwork in 1931 (?reploacement stock? and the Conversion to 7,92 was done sometime AFTER the SCW or even during It. ( 1936-39 or later.)

In 1931, Spain had just thrown out one militarist Government and King, and was forming a Socialist republic; hence the "Crown Oviedo 31 mark on Stock (Just before the Overthrow).

The Socialist Government rambled on until in 1936, the Nationalists, hankering to a return of the Royal House and a return to "Rightist "Values ( King, Church and Good Government) staged a Military rebellion, led by General Francisco Franco Bahamonde, from his base in Spanish Morocco. His was the relationship with the German and Italian Governments. The Italians and Germans supplied transport Aircraft (Savoia-Marchetti and Junkers) to transport Franco's "Morisco" troops to central Spain to support the exisitng Military units part of the Uprising. At that time, the 7,9mm calibre started coming into use, on both sides, as supplies of rifles and ammo of this calibre arrived for the opposing sides
( A lot of stocks of 7mm rifles in Army Stores had been effectively "deactivated" by the Army officers hiding, destroying, or removing the Bolts from the rifles before surrendering to the Republican (Marxist) Popular Forces.)

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DocAV,

Thanks for the fascinating history lesson. I was aware of the removal of bolts from rifles to prevent unwanted/uncontrolled use of the firearms by the "masses". However, I was not aware of a systematic effort on the part of Nationalist sympathizers within the Army officer corp. to "decommission" rifles. This might very well explain why this rifle made by Oviedo in 1927 may have needed a new stock just a few short years later in 1931. Perhaps original stocks were cut down in some way or simply smashed.

Very interesting!

Tim
 

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'27 Oviedo

Your stock predates the violence of the SCW, but might have been damaged in clashes with Anarchists right there in Oviedo, and needed a new stock, or maybe the factory didn't get around to fitting a stock till '31. A very nice rifle, thanks for the pics.
 

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I feel that as long as you wanted it and the price didn't make you wince, then it was well worth it. She's a beautiful rifle. I'd say "enjoy!", but I'd guess you already are!
 
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