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It is the first time I'd seen one of these for sale anywhere. The seller listed it as a 1903, which it clearly was not. He also listed the accompanying bayonet as an 1890, which it clearly was not - 'twas a 1903 with a beat up scabbard. The range was shown as between $350 and $550. Clearly no one but me recognized what it was (wishfully), me and 86 other watchers.

The Mauser still had an operating cut-off switch, straight stock and its original caliber. The only modifications I could see where the addition of two recoil bolts, one in the usual place and one in the wrist. The handguard was also cut just at the back of the rear sight. (Hence my earlier question about a Spanish 1893 handguard fitting an Ottoman 1893 - again wishful thinking...) The metal looked to be in decent shape with some light pitting with all original Ottoman markings, but mis-matched.

Well, I put in my hopeful $850 bid, but lost to a $1,200 win + 25% + postage. Was still probably a good price for one of these. Well, up in smoke went my most recent dream gun (poof)!

I'm sure many of you guys were members of the 86. Is the winner here?
 

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Hey 148, Boilerop has three! He could give each of us one and keep the best for himself. Win/win all around!!

Anyone know under what circumstances those two recoil bolts might have been added??

I've seen the good 1890 and 1903 bayonets on eBay from time to time, but they seem to be listing for $400+. Not sure what they're selling for. There are typically few if any bids on bayos that high.
 
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