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Questions regarding 1887 dated Belgian made 1893 Spanish Mauser........Pics are up

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Greetings to all. I just recently purchased a somewhat strange looking 1893 Spanish Mauser. It is completely non-matching, but all the parts have the same strange proof marks: a letter "N" inside a square box.

On the receiver is stamped "Fabrique Nationale Herstal Liege 1887". On the side rail is the four digit serial number. The bolt exhibits the same odd proof marks, plus the bolt face is flat on the bottom, and the bolt face is smaller in diameter than the actual bolt body. Something I have never seen before.

On the plus side, the bore is very nice and shiny, and the stock has no evidence of cracks or repairs. I will post pics when I have a chance......

I have searched the Internet for references regarding the Belgian 1887 Mauser and have found none.

Many thanks, ARG
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It is definitely and Afghan bring-back. I saw several FN Mauser’s when I was over there. The Bazaar owners know that GI’s could only bring back antiques---and they knew pre-1898 was the magic date. For years, Customs (not gun savvy) authorized anything that “looked” antique to be shipped home. All that “liberal freedom” came to a halt in 2009 when someone got wind of their ‘mistake’. Now cartridge-firing arms need a form-6 from the BATF, and it’s still a PITA to get approval to ship. The sanded metal is a dead give-a-way, nearly every arm I saw had a “in the white” appearance. The rumor I got for the finish stripping was that Customs would not allow anything ‘rusty” to be mailed into the U.S. (Afghan rust must be more dangerous than U.S. rust). I had a lot of “face time” with customs there, and read the regs, and lo-and-behold, there was a regulation that prohibited the shipping of rusty or dirty items. Even rocks had to be polished or sealed with lacquer before they would approve their import. Cannot remember, but I think it was a AFCENT or a CENTCOM reg, and not a customs reg.
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