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I bought this unusual M/96 back in 2003. It is an armorers rifle with a receiver date of 1948. It's the latest dated M/96 that I have seen. I'm not sure as to what the serial number relates to. My guess would be the sixth rifle in 1949, or the sixth student armorer in 1949.

The stock is especially beautiful with great flame. The disc hole on the stock has never had a screw in it and you can see where there was at one time a oval plaque over it. The rifle has it's serial number all over it including the underside of the rear sight (not pictured). I consider this rifle the the premier rifle in my Swedish collection. It is not import marked as it was a private import.





 

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I am guessing this is some sort of commerative gun, perhaps the anniversary of a special date in the Carl Gustaf Stads factory history? The Weapons Officer's guns are marked in a completely different manner.

When Husqvarna was celebrating the 300th anniversay of their founding in 1989, they made several series of commerative guns marked like this one. I have a shotgun marked 24/75 which means the 24th in a series of 75 made. They did the same with a series of bolt action rifles, and another series of higher grade shotguns.
 

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That makes two beauties that I have seen in 24 hours. Very nice, whatever its purpose may be.
 

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Steve : This is not an Officer's Weapons rifle . Jimmy has it correct , an armorer's rifle . See another example in Crown Jewels , page 77 , photo #155 ( 29/51 ) . It would be the 29th student ? , apprentist ? armorer in 1951 . A big class that year , as another is numbered " 170/51 " .
 

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Steve : This is not an Officer's Weapons rifle . Jimmy has it correct , an armorer's rifle . See another example in Crown Jewels , page 77 , photo #155 ( 29/51 ) . It would be the 29th student ? , apprentist ? armorer in 1951 . A big class that year , as another is numbered " 170/51 " .
I stand corrected. Thanks for setting me straight.
 

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Here are more photos of the rifle.








 

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Too bad you don't have that plaque anymore that looks like it covered the stock disc hole. It might have given some valuable information.
 

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Arilar, have you done any research on armorer's rifles? I have lots of questions that aren't answered in Crown Jewels like:

1. Who were the armorers? Not weapons officers, but what was their affiliation and function? Are their names listed anywhere?
2. What's with the numbering system? Were they short production runs for FSR rifles only?
3. Where were they made? gf, HVA, both?
4. When were they made?
5. How many were made?
6. Where are they now?

I know Jimmy has a nice one, but the pictures are gone. I'd love to see them again.;)

Anyone else out there own one and care to show pictures? Thx, Dan
 

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Sorry, not a clue. Missed one at an auction lately. Turned out way to expensive. Must have found its way abroad.....
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Armorer's Rifle

Here is an Armorer's Rifle , serial number 170/51 with a 1943 Husqvarna receiver . It is in mint unissued condition . Never had a bore disc installed on the beech buttstock ( note , it has a dark brown stain ) . Has no inspectors initials and 2 crowns stamped on the wrist of the stock . No numbers on the stock or handguard . The following photos show all the parts numbered 170/51 . Also , the " SM sikte F-ram " is numbered 170 .

These other parts are numbered " 170 " only , because of the long number & lack of room : bolt sleeve , cocking piece , safety , firing pin , ejector box , trigger guard , bayonet lug & handguard band .

Unnumbered cleaning rod .
 

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Swede, What do you make of the numbering system? I can't f1gure it out. 170/51??? Dan
 

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This is the only pic I have on the 183/51. My GUESS is that 51 stands for year when assemblied.



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I agree that 51 is the date ( 1951 ) . 29 ( in CW ) , 170 or 183 may be one of that many student armorers in that class ?
 

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170 or 183 may be one of that many student armorers in that class ?
No way.....to many pupils in the same time.....
My propose is that its some consecutive number. Either for rifles or armorers. Dont forget the two rifles shown in Schinkes book with 14/45 and 19/47 marks. My 2c.;)
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