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If you have a VZ 24 with a two letter prefix AR, BR, CR....YR and so on.... please consider contributing to this survey, no matter the rifle's condition!

I've started, as a pet project of mine, to try and dig up as best a survey of Romanian contract VZ-24 serial numbers as possible, with the hopes of determining some sort of trends in production. In starting this, I wanted to differentiate between reported SN/crests and actual photos, so I've included the following categories in my survey: Serial Number, Crest Type, hyperlink to source, info visible in photos, sidewall manufacturer name, and "notes". I've done a bit of digging online to locate photos of other's rifles with this information and have a decent amount of rifles, but more would absolutely help fill in gaps and maybe allow folks to draw some conclusions on production. At the very least it may be interesting for folks with scrubbed guns to know what their rifle may have been produced with. I'm aware of some of the earlier surveys, but haven't included that information in this chart, at least yet, just because I want to be able to see photos or at least evidence of these rifles before going to older surveys for info, mostly to avoid any potential errors in that data collection. If you have a VZ 24 with a two letter prefix AR, BR, CR....YR and so on.... please condier adding it to this list!

Please feel free to post information on any rifles not included in this survey in this thread. Please include: A link to photos or photos uploaded to this thread, the Serial number, and the sidewall manufacturer as it's marked.

Also please feel free to make assumptions, challenge my assumptions, or make any corrections to my info as it's presented. I will continue to update this post with relevant information periodically.


Some key information to note:
  1. King Carol II became king in 1930
  2. Germany invaded Czechoslovakia in March 1939 (the portion where Brno was located)
  3. Ion Antonescu took control of the Romanian Government on 9/5/1940
  4. King Michael assumed the role of King on 9/6/1940
  5. King Michael led a coup in August of 1944 to regain control of the Government
Edit: 3/17/21

User "ryg" posted a link to a thread in post #19 of this thread, which shows has a ton of great information about these rifles specific to the Second and Third Romanian Contract VZ 24 Rifles. I've tried to pull that information into the chart below and it seems to correspond well with some of the discrepancies in features seen on some of these rifles. Some of the mystery might be solved. See post #651 here: Mausers, Only Mausers For the sake of convenience I will quote that post here:

Cross posted from the Czech Weapons Board.

There has been recent interest in the book on Vz.24's by Jan Šmíd. Unfortunately, unless you are willing to get into translation, it will probably not be too useful, or be confusing at best. Here are two Appendices which may be the most accessible and interesting:

NOTE: I had originally excerpted two charts in case someone wanted to check over my info.

2nd Contract Schedule

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3rd Contract Schedule (first 150,000):

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I have reorganized these charts in simplified form with correction and notes:
2ND CONTRACT
Serial NumbersFactory
[I - Brno, II - Považská Bystrica]
Shipment Date

AR 1 – 5,000

II

09/15/39

AR 5,001 – 15,000

I

09/30/39

AR 15,001 – 25,000

I

10/15/39

BR 1 -10,000

II

Not shown

BR 10,001 – 25,000

I

10/30/39

CR 1 – 10,000

I

11/13/39

CR 10,001 – 20,000

I

11/25/39

CR 20,001 – 25,000

I

12/02/39

DR 1 – 10,000

II

11/30/39 (a) [amended to 12/12/39]

DR 10,001 – 15,000

I

12/09/39

DR 15,001 – 25,000

I

12/22/39

ER 1 -10,000

I

01/07/40

ER 10,001 – 20,000

I

01/20/40

ER 20,001 – 25,000

I

01/27/40

FR 1 – 10,000

II

12/31/39

FR 10,001 – 15,000

I

02/03/40

FR 15,001 – 25,000

I

02/16/40

GR 1 – 10,000

I

02/29/40

GR 10,001 – 15,000

I

03/06/40

GR 15,001 – 20,000

II

03/30/40 [See Note]

GR 20,001 – 25,000

I

03/13/40

HR 1 – 15,000

I

04/01/40

HR 15,001 – 25,000*

II*

04/30/40* [See Note]

NOTE [on original document]: Delivery times of 15,000 rifles for 03/30/40 and 04/30/40 from Factory II were probably moved up.

(a) Subsequently corrected to 12.12.1939

*HR 23,001 – 25,000 were actually made at Factory I (Brno) and shipped 04/04/40, per Section 4.22.


3RD CONTRACT
This contract was in 2 parts, first part for 150,000, and a 2nd part for 50,000.
PART 1:
Serial NumbersFactory
[I – Brno, II - Považská Bystrica]
Shipment Dates

OR 1 – 10,000

I

04/25/40

OR 10,001 – 20,000

I

04/26/40

OR 20,001 – 25,000

II

04/30/40

PR 1 – 5,000

I

05/03/40

PR 5,001 – 15,000

I

05/14/40

PR 15,001 – 25,000

I

05/25/40

RR 1 – 5,000

II

05/31/40

RR 5,001 – 15,000

I

06/05/40

RR 15,001 – 25,000

I

06/15/40

SR 1 – 10,000

I

06/27/40

SR 10,001 – 20,000

I

07/08/40

SR 20,001 – 25,000

I

07/15/40

TR 1 – 5,000

I

07/30/40

TR 5,001 – 10,000

II

10/30/40

TR 10,001 – 20,000*

II

11/30/40

UR 1 – 5,000

II

12/15/40

UR 5,001 – 10,000

II

12/31/40

UR 10,001 – 20,000

II

01/01/41

UR 20,001 – 25,000

II

02/08/41

[* No explanation for the missing TR 20,001 – 25,000.]
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NOTE: The 3rd Contract included 6,000 marked receivers as spare parts . This could account for some irregular serial numbers.

PART 2
YR & XR series shipments per Section 4.32 ( kap.4.32):

YR 1 – 10,000 produced April 1941, shipped end of June 1941.

YR 10,001 – 20,000 produced in August 1941. Shipment date not listed.

YR 20,001 – 25,000 produced in October 1941.

XR 1 – 5,000 produced in October 1941, all October production shipped 11/25/41.

XR 5,001 – 15,000 produced in November 1941.

XR 15,001 – 20,019 produced during 12/01/41 – 12/15/41; shipped 12/16/41 with November production.

XR 20,020 – 25,000 produced 12/16/41 – 12/31/41; shipped February 1942.
Though it's not really the focus of this thread, below are some details sumarized by user Geladen on the First Romanian Contract VZ-24 Rifles.

From ryg:

The Romanian 1st Contract was for 300,000 rifles and consisted of:

150,000 unissued vz. 24's from Czechoslovak Army stocks from 1937 and earlier.
102,000 vz. 24's contracted by the Czechoslovak Army for 1938 in its entirety. These would be acceptance dated 1938 and 1939 (if any).
48,000 vz. 24's specially made for the Romanian Army, presumably the D & E series rifles with the 1938 date crest.
2,000 spare rifles provided to replace any rifles rejected by the Romanian inspectors. The idea being that any rejected rifles and unused spares will be returned to ZB. However, the Romanians did not reject any rifles and also kept the 2,000 spares.

So, the total was 300,000 plus 2,000 extras for the Romanian 1st Contract.
Below are my previous assumptions, which at this point are no longer relevant in my opinion.

Looking at initial information here, as of 12/9/2020, I am making the following assumptions, which could be totally incorrect:
  • AR1387 through BR9133 are all marked with a "1939" on the receiver
  • CR15844 through GR24464 are marked with a King Carol crest
  • OR 5138 to OR 9079 is around when King Carol was overthrown
  • OR 9079 through RR 4724 are mostly marked with a "1940" on the receiver as King Michael took over ask "king"
  • PR 7867 through PR 14484 are leftover King Carol receivers, presumably shipped to meet needs irrelevant of their former markings?
  • RR 524 through RR 4724 are 1940 crests, presumably because a new King Michael crest isn't ready for production yet?
  • RR 12444 through TR 62XX are King Carol crests, presumably remaining recievers from earlier in production?
  • TR11755 through end of production is (presumably) King Michael
  • The highest serial number I've seen is YR 23860 and it was scrubbed of its crest
Again, as of 12/9/2020, To add more confusion to the mix:
  • AR through HR 2969 prefixes the reciever is marked "Ceskoslovenska Zbrojovka A.S. Brno"
  • HR 24458 to OR 5138 are marked "ZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S."
  • OR 9079 through OR 24916 is again marked "Ceskoslovenska Zbrojovka A.S. Brno" and are all "1940" crests
  • PR prefixes are marked "ZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S." and are all either scrubbed or Carol crests
  • RR524 through RR12444 are "Ceskoslovenska Zbrojovka A.S. Brno"
  • RR21023 through YR and end of production are "ZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S."
One last random assumption that I want to make is that virtually none of the 1939 and 1940 crests were obliterated during their post war refurbishment by Romanian Communists as they seem fairly common and most in their ranges are not scrubbed.

Also this thread is great, full of info!



Chart Edit date: 3/3/30
Serial NumberCrest?Photo proof?Side Rail MarkManufacturing FacilityShipment DateLinkNotes?
AR 1090?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica09/15/39Custom Mauser VZ-24 LAYAWAY target rifle .308 - Bolt Action Rifles at GunBroker.com : 883763025bubba'd beyond repair, czech proof on reciever
AR 13871939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica09/15/39https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1025/4261/seven-bolt-action-military-long-gunsczech proof on receiver, okay photo
AR 14751939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica09/15/39https://www.reddit.com/gallery/lj8115E4#39 proof, good photos.
AR 22221939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica09/15/39Dan's VZ 24 Mauser (AIM Surplus - "Rare Dated 1939") - The Russian Mosin Nagant Forumexcelent photos, czech 1939 military proof, definately refurbished post war
AR 37551939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica09/15/39https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1028/389/six-bolt-action-military-longarmspoor photos
AR 41171939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica09/15/39 good photos, circular proof mark
AR 24881?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBRNO10/15/39Ceskoslovenska Zbrojovka AS BRNO VZ.24 VZ24 Mauser CZ Nikon BDC scope VZ-24 - Bolt Action Rifles at GunBroker.com : 892087216sporterized, photos don't show date crest or any proof mark. Refinished
BR 341939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica?https://www.rockislandauction.com/d...itary-bolt-action-rifles-a-turkish-model-98-mphotos not great, but good description
BR 9531939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica?VZ24 receiver & bolt markings~unknown, need help. Pic heavygood photos, circular proof mark
BR 15151939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica?https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2013/269/two-military-style-bolt-action-riflesgood photos
BR24201939noceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica?1939 Polish??? VZ.24Not seen
BR34711939noceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica?1939 Polish??? VZ.24not seen
BR 45411939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica?1939 Czech VZ 24 Mauser 8mm Bolt Action Rifle Incomplete As Is - Bolt Action Rifles at GunBroker.com : 889007491very good photos, circular cz proof
BR 47551939noceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica?1939 Polish??? VZ.24not seen
BR 55XX1939noceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica?AIMs new dated cz24s
BR 62031939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica?1939 Polish??? VZ.24
BR 75601939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica?Czech Mauser VZ24 8 mm - Bolt Action Rifles at GunBroker.com : 888989458circular cm proof, good photos, turned down round knob bolt
BR 91331939yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica?GunBroker.com - Errorgunbroker, good photos, circular CM mark above SN.
BR 10687scrubbed?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno10/30/39https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1033/710/five-european-military-mauser-bolt-action-riflespoor photos, appears scrubbed
BR 20476scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno10/30/39VZ24 Mauser 98 Recevier Action - Bolt Action Rifles at GunBroker.com : 891816436photos show receiver markings. Appears scrubbed. No crest visible.
BR 22262scrubbed?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno10/30/39https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1024/1914/five-military-bolt-action-rifles-w-bayonetspoor photos, appears scrubbed
CR 4682King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno11/13/39imgur.com/a/yzdsZ4Pgood photos, partial scrubbed crest
CR 6656scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno11/13/39https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2027/251/two-european-military-bolt-action-riflesgood photos,
CR 15844King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno11/25/39photos appear to show scrubbed crest, all markings clear
DR 7697King Carol?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica12/12/39**Romanian VZ 24 Sniper RifleConverted to sniper, part of crest visible?
DR 9750King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica12/12/39Mauser Action - CZ BRNO VZ24 - Bolt Action Rifles at GunBroker.com : 890230407sporter action. Crest scrubbed but visible, good photos
DR 16995Scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno12/22/39GunBroker.com - Errorgunbroker, clear photos, scrubbed crest
DR 11566Scrubbed?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno12/22/39https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1028/2426/three-european-bolt-action-military-riflespoor photos
DR 12786scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno12/22/39https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1024/3702/seven-military-riflesinstructie rifle, one red stripe around stock
DR 15516King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno12/22/39Romanian VZ 24 Crest / Serial Number Survey Threadpartial crest, good pictures
DR 17198scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno12/22/39MAUSER VZ 24 8MM CESKOSLOVENSKA 24" BBL - Bolt Action Rifles at GunBroker.com : 886864563scrubbed, photos not great
DR 19964King Carol?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno12/22/39https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1025/369/brno-arms-vz24-rifle-8-mm and https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/44/1787/brno-arms-vz24-rifle-8-mm-mauserPEM sniper, potential crest? sold twice at RIA
DR 21260scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno12/22/39Marking Identification (Help!) - Czech Mauser (VZ24)good photos, sniper conversion, scrubbed prior to conversion
DR 21738King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno12/22/39Czech VZ24 VZ-24 8mm 7.92x57 Mauser s/t K98 - Curios & Relics at GunBroker.com : 890187281good photos, scrubbed crest, leaf remaining, good photos. Appears to be soviet refurb.
DR 22957?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno12/22/39https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1033/2781/two-scoped-european-bolt-action-sporting-riflessporterized, poor photos, no good photo of crest
ER 4033scrubbedyesBrno01/07/40 https://www.reddit.com/r/milsurp/comments/bfsc9c no photo of crest or SN
ER 11128King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno01/20/40Romanian VZ 24 Crest / Serial Number Survey Threadgreat photos all marks visible
ER 16548Scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno01/20/40FS/FT Romanian Czech VZ.24 8MM Mauser in excellent cond in atlanta, Georgia gun classifieds -gunlistings.orggood photos, scrubbed crest
ER 18125scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno01/20/40CZECH VZ24 8mm Mauser - Bolt Action Rifles at GunBroker.com : 892877915good photos, markings clear
ER 18425King CarolYesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno01/20/40Vz 24, Romanian Expat, Born 1940 Seeks Rich American, Cz Brno Wwii Mauser, Original, No Reserve 8mm Mauserpartially scrubbed, good photos
ER 22944Scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno01/27/40https://www.gunsamerica.com/953291444/CZ-BRNO-Romanian-Contract-VZ-24-8mm-Mauser.htmgood photos, scrubbed crest
ER 245XXKing Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno01/27/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/886116606scrubbed crest, last two digits hidden
FR 743King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica12/31/39https://www.gunboards.com/threads/f...-king-carol-photo-heavy.1055057/#post-9419109excelent photos
FR 1368King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica12/31/39https://www.reddit.com/gallery/i20isbgood photos, partial scrubbed crest
FR 2650?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica12/31/39https://www.rockislandauction.com/d...style-sporting-bolt-action-rifles-with-scopespoor photos, kimber sporter, circular proof? Siderail clear
FR 6661King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica12/31/39https://www.gunboards.com/threads/czechoslovak-mauser-serial-numbers.318806/post-10567634
FR 7248Scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica12/31/39https://www.tapatalk.com/groups/parallaxscurioandrelicfirearmsforums/vz24-czech-rifle-t43562.htmlgood photos, clearly scrubbed
FR 7546?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica12/31/39https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1024/1920/seven-military-style-longarmstwo poor photos
FR 12011King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno02/03/40 good photos
FR 13494?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno02/03/40https://www.gunsinternational.com/g...-vz-24---8mm-mauser.cfm?gun_id=101365484#lg-7sniper conversion, no view of crest
FR 18772?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno02/16/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1033/2602/two-bolt-action-sporting-riflessporterized, poor photos
FR 21241Scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno02/16/40https://auctions.morphyauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=488822no crest remains, good picture
FR 21532King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno02/16/40 my rifle, fully intact crest
FR 24207King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno02/16/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/882315609good photos, gunbroker, partial crest
GR 254King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno02/29/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/romanian-vz-24-crest-serial-number-survey-thread.1178211/good photo, partial scrubbed crest clear, sn clear, mfg mark clear
GR 2750Scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno02/29/40https://imgur.com/a/aozOCH9photos good enough to ID.
GR 3737King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno02/29/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1036/4552/six-european-military-mauser-bolt-action-riflespartially scrubbed, good photos
GR 12153ScrubbedYesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno03/06/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1034/6511/six-european-military-bolt-action-riflespoor photo, shows no crest
GR 12597King Carol?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno03/06/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1024/1917/seven-military-longarmspoor photos, crest appears visible?
GR 13242King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno03/06/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/czech-serial-numbers-for-new-member.1098563/#post-9782819good photos, crest partially scrubbed
GR 23714King carolnoceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno03/13/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/vz-24-serial-number-prefix-gr.706385/#post-6352617remnants of crest described "similar to argentine crest", no photos
GR 24464King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno03/13/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/a-vz24-with-a-real-king-carol-crest.263337/post-2107968good photos
HR 1279King CarolnoBrno04/01/40https://www.reddit.com/r/guns/comments/xdn7i/my_slice_of_wwii_vz24_8mm_mauser/scrubbed, crest visible
HR 2777Scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno04/01/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2008/752/two-bolt-action-riflesgood photos
HR 2969?yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno04/01/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1026/6309/seven-european-military-bolt-action-riflespoor pictures, two line sidewall
HR 3506King Carolyes?Brno04/01/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1025/587/six-military-bolt-action-riflesone poor photo, crest visible
HR 7429scrubbedyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno04/01/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/892484470good photos, sporter action, totally refinished
HR 16487King CarolnoPovažská Bystrica04/30/40*https://www.gunboards.com/threads/mauser-crest.267728/#post-2149745scrubbed crest, no photos only detailed description, SOG gun.
HR 22145King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica04/30/40*https://www.gunbroker.com/item/891631659scrubbed crest, king carol leafs visible, manufacturer mark visible, serial number visible, great photos
HR 24458King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica04/30/40*https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1034/4760/four-european-military-bolt-action-riflescrest difficult to see, but appears scrubbed king carol, also sidewall markings only one line... probably zbrojovka...
3rd Contract
OR 2797King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno04/25/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/r...al-number-survey-thread.1178211/post-10630649good photos of everything. partial scrubbed crest
OR 5138King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno04/25/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/czech-mauser-k98-markings.230233/#lg=thread-230233&slide=0good photos, partial Carol crest
OR 8840?yesBrno04/25/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1026/4733/six-european-military-bolt-action-long-gunspoor pictures
OR 9079 (?)1940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno04/25/40https://milsurpexchange.com/auctions/guns/1940-czech-vz-24-rifle-8mm/Either O or G... O makes more sense
OR 16317scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno04/26/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/892665418Poor sporter, good photos, markings clear
OR 203411940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica04/30/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/882696336gunbroker, clear but not great pics
OR 227831940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica04/30/40https://www.icollector.com/Czech-Model-VZ-24-Mauser-Bolt-Action-Rifle_i32489620sale listing, good photos
OR 228971940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica04/30/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/r...al-number-survey-thread.1178211/post-10572504good photos, circular cm proof
OR 249161940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica04/30/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/r...ing-too-much.276773/#lg=thread-276773&slide=4good photos
PR 374King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno05/03/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/d...an-military-pattern-mauser-bolt-action-riflescrest in tact, decent photos
PR 7867scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno05/14/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/new-for-me-cz24-rebuild-request-id.151735/#post-1174347good photos, clearly scrubbed
PR 12292King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno05/14/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/romanian-vz-24-with-intact-king-carol-crest.384806/ and https://auctions.morphyauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=155418Stock matches, confident it's PR,
PR 14484King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno05/14/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/wts-vz24-excellent-k98-parts-swedish-militaria.328610/post-2698149good photos, partial Carol crest
PR 15661?yesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno05/25/40https://www.gunauction.com/buy/15623975sniper conversion
PR 16266King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno05/25/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/891064852photos show SN, partial crest and sidewall markings well
PR 21144?yesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno05/25/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1024/5287/seven-military-long-gunsone line visible on sidewall, bad photo
RR 5241940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica05/31/40https://simpsonltd.com/czech-vz-24-romaina-c46678/decent photo, clear 1940 crest
RR 6561940yesPovažská Bystrica05/31/40Mauser Military Rifles of the World 5th ed. p 305
RR 10591940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica05/31/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/u...tract-vz24-is-successful.340479/#post-2802574good photos
RR 17351940yesPovažská Bystrica05/31/40Mauser Military Rifles of the World 5th ed. p 304
RR 23691940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica05/31/40https://auctions.morphyauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=285695no pic of markings, good description
RR 29931940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica05/31/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1030/4654/six-european-military-bolt-action-riflespoor photos
RR 30811940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica05/31/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/vz-24-list-of-prefixes.294292/post-2399899
RR 37971940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica05/31/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/883582776Good photos, gunbroker listing
RR 38501940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica05/31/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/romanian-vz-24-with-intact-king-carol-crest.384806/post-3209161
RR 42931940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica05/31/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/884434500good photos, gunbroker listing
RR 47241940yesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoPovažská Bystrica05/31/40https://www.gunsinternational.com/g...rifles/cz-brno-vz-24-8mm.cfm?gun_id=100635205
RR 12444King Carolyesceskoslovenska zbrojovka as brnoBrno06/05/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/first-vz-24-pics.311660/#post-2546624Partial crest, obviously Carol, RR prefix is clear, siderail clearly marked?
RR 17220King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno06/15/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/886116606shown in gunbroker add as comparison, saw SN, crest and markings
RR 21023scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno06/15/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/c...-romanian-refurb-thoughts.398218/post-3340986
SR 3989ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno06/27/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1034/5070/four-bolt-action-riflespoor photos, no crest visible, sporertized
SR 4392scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno06/27/40https://imgur.com/a/UZTddgood photos
SR 6625King Carol?yesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno06/27/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1033/2962/six-military-bolt-action-riflespoor photos, sidewall marks look single lined, remnaints of carol crest?
SR 7554King CarolNoZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno06/27/40no photos only description provided, partial king carol crest
SR 8849ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno06/27/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2033/789/three-bolt-action-rifles-with-scopessporterized, good photos
SR 8878King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno06/27/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/879801964good photos, gunbroker listing
SR 12376scrubedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno07/08/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1027/2621/six-bolt-action-military-rifles , https://www.reddit.com/r/milsurp/comments/jnwtxh/first_and_latest/, https://www.reddit.com/r/milsurp/comments/ktu6it/vz24_getting_some_fresh_air/Photos on reddit, RIA auction photos poor
SR 17348King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno07/08/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/888548286good photos, partial crest
SR 19462?yes?Brno07/08/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1029/6209/five-bolt-action-military-riflespoor photos
SR 20164King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno07/15/40https://simpsonltd.com/czech-vz-24-c43899/partial crest, description says has 1938 on reciever?
SR 21367scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno07/15/40https://joesalter.ca/products/vz24-bolt-action-rifle-8mm-mauser-matching-sngood photos, soviet refurb
SR 21811King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno07/15/40https://poulinantiques.hibid.com/lo...rifles-/?q=&cat=true&SortOrder=0&ref=lot-listsold at auction, clear pictures
TR 4680King CarolyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Brno07/30/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/r...d-strange-stock-markings.403520/#post-3383387Good photos, untouched crest
TR 5998King CarolNoZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica10/30/40no photos, only description, partial king carol crest
TR 61XXscrubbednoZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica10/30/40https://www.reddit.com/r/guns/comments/kafb9a/an_uncommon_mauser_the_romanian_vz24_with_an/aim 2009, interordinance import, refurb, electro pencil bolt
TR 62XXKing CarolnoPovažská Bystrica10/30/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/mauser-crest.267728/#post-2149745part scrubbed, OP claims TR prefix but no photos
TR 10440ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica11/30/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/new-vz-24-rifle-and-help.1105387/#post-9842731
TR 105XXscrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica11/30/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/help-with-romanian-vz-24.234247/#post-1855225poor pictures but legible
TR 11755King MichaelyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica11/30/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/romanian-contract-vz24.846946/post-7724553excelent photos
TR 12083King MichaelyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica11/30/40https://www.rockislandauction.com/d...an-military-pattern-mauser-bolt-action-riflesgood photos, crest in tact
TR 13263King MichaelyesPovažská Bystrica11/30/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/czechoslovak-mauser-serial-numbers.318806/post-10567634
TR 14290scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica11/30/40https://www.gunboards.com/threads/romanian-contract-vz24.846946/
TR 15741scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica11/30/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/892821371good photos, scrubbed crest, circular proof
TR 15577King MichaelyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica11/30/40https://www.gunbroker.com/item/879267738partial crest remaining
TR 17761King MichaelyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica11/30/40https://oldarmsofidaho.com/product/czech-brno-vz-24-mauser-gewehr-98/partial crest remaining
TR 18607ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica11/30/40https://imgur.com/a/Z06Rpmy rifle
TR 22622?yes??https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1024/1626/seven-european-military-long-gunspoor photos
UR 3073ScrubbedyesPovažská Bystrica12/15/40https://inskiey.weebly.com/vz24-mauser-serial-numbers.html
UR 9095ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica12/31/40https://www.gunauction.com/buy/pictures.cfm?i=8549119
UR 13171?yesPovažská Bystrica01/01/41https://www.rockislandauction.com/d...n-military-long-guns-a-mauser-gewehr-98-riflepoor photos
UR 14475scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica01/01/41https://www.gunboards.com/threads/r...al-number-survey-thread.1178211/post-10570449
UR 18352?yesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica01/01/41https://www.gunbroker.com/item/892399152Good photos! No crest or scrubbed? Leaning towards no crest ever applied
UR 19398?yesPovažská Bystrica01/01/41https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1024/5293/seven-military-long-gunspoor photos
UR 21860scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica02/08/41poor photos
UR 22826scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica02/08/41https://www.gunbroker.com/item/885716705no crest visible
UR 22979no crest?yesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Považská Bystrica02/08/41https://axisarmsonline.com/product/czech-vz24-mauser-rifle/great photos, circular crest, appears unscrubbed and never made with crest?
XR 611?yes11/25/41https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1024/5363/six-european-military-riflespoor photos, counterbored? probably scrubbed
XR 1623?yesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.11/25/41https://www.gunbroker.com/item/893078491good photos circular proof, appears unscrubbed but no crest visible
XR 2551ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.11/25/41https://www.gunboards.com/threads/c...romanian-contract-vz-24-made-in-1941.1172410/
XR 2658ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.11/25/41https://www.gunbroker.com/item/888082337good photos
XR 5023ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.12/16/41https://www.gunauction.com/buy/16907499
XR 6757?yesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.12/16/41https://www.rockislandauction.com/d...an-military-pattern-mauser-bolt-action-riflesconverted to sniper, less scope, decent photos
XR 11205?yes12/16/41https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1027/2836/three-bolt-action-riflessporterized, poor photo
XR 11555ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.12/16/41https://www.gunboards.com/threads/u...is-brno-vz24-this-friday.408105/#post-3426801
XR 13136Scrubbed?no12/16/41
XR 14300scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.12/16/41https://photos.google.com/share/AF1...?key=VHNCbmJIcnVjXzBib2YwbmF2SzVDUFlodmJTcHFBgood photos, no crest (ever?) sporterized
XR 15010ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.12/16/41https://www.gunsamerica.com/938072454/Romanian-Contract-VZ-24-BRNO-MFG-Carbine-8MM-MUSE.htm
XR 15582scrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.12/16/41https://www.rockislandauction.com/d...brno-arms-vz24-bolt-action-rifle-with-bayonetgood pictures
XR 16136scrubbed?no12/16/41https://auctions.morphyauctions.com/LotDetail.aspx?inventoryid=289599no photos of markings
XR 16598ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.12/16/41https://www.wikiwand.com/en/Vz._24wikipedia
XR 18277?yes12/16/41https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1028/4730/six-european-military-longarmspoor photos, appears scrubbed
XR 24084?yesFebruary 1942https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/1029/6209/five-bolt-action-military-riflespoor photos
YR 490scrub/noneyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.June 1941https://www.gunboards.com/threads/romanian-vz-24-crest-serial-number-survey-thread.1178211/good pictures
YR 7187?yesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Oct 1941?https://www.rockislandauction.com/d...litary-bolt-action-rifles-a-yugoslavian-modelpoor photos, appears scrubbed? one line side wall
YR 9091?yesOct 1941?https://www.rockislandauction.com/d...z24-bolt-action-sporting-rifle-in-300-win-magsporterized and professionally blued/engraved
YR 9191ScrubbedyesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Oct 1941?https://scontent-ort2-2.xx.fbcdn.ne...=6a12e49c3fd32237413cb8b4191f9ea3&oe=5FF3BDD5
YR 10396King Michael?noZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.Oct 1941?saw at local shop. clearly scrubbed, what looked like part of king michael crest
YR 23860?yesZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S.11/25/41https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/2029/656/brno-vz-24kimber-m98-bolt-action-rifle-with-boxsporterized, refinished heavily, kimber m98
 

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Serial: YR490
Mfg: Zbrojovka Brno, A.S.
Matching stock, but bolt is serialized RR19186.
Crest is either completely scrubbed or never existed; the metal is completely smooth.
Finish is almost non-existent but the rifle is perfectly functional.
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I have AR 7610 that is scrubbed and looks to have hints of the King Carol crest. That would suggest that not all AR block are 1939 dated. For the most part it seems the year dated receivers didn't get scrubbed.
 

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Serial # DR 15516, scrubbed King Carol crest can still see partial leafs, bolt # 5807X4. Bayonet # ER14311, scabbard # CR2913
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I have AR 7610 that is scrubbed and looks to have hints of the King Carol crest. That would suggest that not all AR block are 1939 dated. For the most part it seems the year dated receivers didn't get scrubbed.
Do you have any photos of this? That would be an oddball in the lineup.
 

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I updated the spreadsheet with those posted in this thread along with others I've since found online.

Keep em coming!
 

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Here is mine. Pardon my messy table.

CT241 What can you tell me about mine?
 

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I have two VZ 24s serial no. SR 7554 with German modified stock. Rear side swivel removed and hole filled with a dowel, still retains Czech stock disc and lower band with side swivel. Retainer for k98k style sling has been added. Stock serial number SR 6466, ZBROJOVKA BRNO, A.S. VZ24 on side rail. Bolt serial number 1279 with circle Z on safety lever. Crest scrubbed. TR 5998 with matching stock. Bolt serial number XR 16620. Crest
scrubbed. ZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S. VZ24 on side rail.
 

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I have two VZ 24s serial no. SR 7554 with German modified stock. Rear side swivel removed and hole filled with a dowel, still retains Czech stock disc and lower band with side swivel. Retainer for k98k style sling has been added. Stock serial number SR 6466, ZBROJOVKA BRNO, A.S. VZ24 on side rail. Bolt serial number 1279 with circle Z on safety lever. Crest scrubbed. TR 5998 with matching stock. Bolt serial number XR 16620. Crest
scrubbed. ZBROJOVKA BRNO A.S. VZ24 on side rail.
Do you have photos of these?

Can it be determined what the crests were originally?
 

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My VZ 24 sniper..has SN not type seen in the listing...can anyone help me with Info. on this rifle ? it is a Century import marked one bought mid 1990s
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Rifles included in this post are Romanian Contract rifles. I have a VZ 24 with a serial number similar to yours, it's 6320 G3. I believe the E Lion number above the serial number
is an inspection mark. Mine is E Lion 35 which I think means it was accepted by the Czech
army in 1935.
 

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My VZ 24 sniper..has SN not type seen in the listing...can anyone help me with Info. on this rifle ? it is a Century import marked one bought mid 1990s thanks..
I'd encourage you to post on the thread I'll link to below. You'll likely find much more helpful information in that thread. This doesn't really fit the theme of this thread. I started this thread to try and gather info on Romanian contract VZ 24 rifles (those having a two letter prefix with an "R" as the second letter). This rifle appears to be a Czech military sniper rifle, but I'm not very familiar with VZ24 snipers. Very cool rifle though! I'd love to have one myself.

 

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Just an observation regarding inspection markings and serial styles. It appears that rifles in the AR and BR series were completed at CZ Bystrica, indicated by the E4Lion39 from AR2222 and the serial font. E4 was the VTLU code assigned to Bystrica, while Brno was assigned E3. It appears that a version of the CM stamp was adopted sometime in the BR-series of rifles. However, it does appear that the CR-series rifles were completed at Brno. How do I draw this conclusion? The serial number font and side rail changed. Small things like the accent above the C is different on the AR and BR rifles compared to the CR. Furthermore, the Slovak Republic declared independence in March of 1939, which likely caused CZ Bystrica to become a "foreign entity" to Brno.

The following is speculation: CZ Bystrica probably postponed or paused the Romanian contract to focus on producing rifles for domestic use as Hungary was posturing to invade, which they did. Romania, being upset that there was now a disruption in the contract, likely demanded CZ Brno pick up where CZ Bystrica left off, which they did. Again, this is speculation, but I feel is somewhat accurate and would explain a production shift from Bystrica to Brno.
 

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Just an observation regarding inspection markings and serial styles. It appears that rifles in the AR and BR series were completed at CZ Bystrica, indicated by the E4Lion39 from AR2222 and the serial font. E4 was the VTLU code assigned to Bystrica, while Brno was assigned E3. It appears that a version of the CM stamp was adopted sometime in the BR-series of rifles. However, it does appear that the CR-series rifles were completed at Brno. How do I draw this conclusion? The serial number font and side rail changed. Small things like the accent above the C is different on the AR and BR rifles compared to the CR. Furthermore, the Slovak Republic declared independence in March of 1939, which likely caused CZ Bystrica to become a "foreign entity" to Brno.

The following is speculation: CZ Bystrica probably postponed or paused the Romanian contract to focus on producing rifles for domestic use as Hungary was posturing to invade, which they did. Romania, being upset that there was now a disruption in the contract, likely demanded CZ Brno pick up where CZ Bystrica left off, which they did. Again, this is speculation, but I feel is somewhat accurate and would explain a production shift from Bystrica to Brno.
According to the records from ZB (not CZ), production was shared between Brno and Považská Bystrica. See the chart on Post #651 on this thread: Mausers, Only Mausers
That chart shows the proposed schedule of production and shipment which may have diverged due to unexpected circumstances from warfare, etc.

The two ZB plants remained under the same company after Slovakia became separate. However, both eventually became part of the conglomerate Reichswerke Herman Goering for the duration of the war.

ČZ (Česká zbrojovka) is a different manufacturer than ZB (Zbrojovka Brno) - ZB was also known pre-war as ČSZ (Československá zbrojovka). ZB made these rifles, not CZ
 
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