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My first milsurp was a Mitchel's, an unissued M48bo. I didn't know beans about MM, Yugoslav (or any other make of) Mauser at the time. But I can say now that the M48 I got is as manufactured.

The big beef with MM was based on false advertising and price gouging. At the time I got this, we (My wife got it for me for our 13th wedding anniversary.) paid something like $298 when they were available all over the web in the same condition for $79. I found these forums only after getting the rifle. Live and learn <shrug>.

About the advertising of these, they were listed as M98/48 rifles "made on German equipment" with other references to German making to suggest these were German made for WWII "preserved by a fluke of history." There was lots more along the same line. They have long since cut back on the falsehoods.

Of course, there was/is an "M98/48" but, that isn't what they were selling!
Here are a couple of their older ads that will give you some idea of their BS... http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...act=rc&uact=3&dur=1941&page=1&start=0&ndsp=17

and... http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...iact=rc&uact=3&dur=340&page=1&start=0&ndsp=17
 

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I'm no fan of MM, believe me! But, in all fairness, this is my first milsurp that started my collecting interest. It's an M48bo, 1st model, unissued and all proper and correct. It was my 13th anniversary present. Still have it and the wife too, over 25 years now.

 
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