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I just acquired a VZ24 with the serial number GR 23714. It's marked CESKOSLOVENSKA ZBROJOVKA AS BRNO VZ 24

What looks like the remains of an Argentine crest...mostly ground off.

There is an import mark that says 8mm.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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From the serial it is a Romanian contract, that is what the R signifies. The partially ground crest is either King Carol or Michael, probably Carol which was fancier then Michaels. The crests were removed by the communist Gov. during rebuild, after WW11. This contract was made by the Germans after they took over Czech arms production in 1938, lasted to 1940/41 or so, Bill will know exact dates.
 

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From the serial it is a Romanian contract, that is what the R signifies. The partially ground crest is either King Carol or Michael, probably Carol which was fancier then Michaels. The crests were removed by the communist Gov. during rebuild, after WW11. This contract was made by the Germans after they took over Czech arms production in 1938, lasted to 1940/41 or so, Bill will know exact dates.
That would be the second Romanian contract with the AR through YR prefix blocks of 25,000 rifles. That was in 1940 with possibly a slight overlap into 1939 and/or 1941. There was an earlier 1939 contract which had 1938 and 1939 (maybe some 1937) CS accepted rifles without Romanian crests or s/n prefixes.

Contract dates more exact than that are elusive.

A GR prefix rifle would have a King Carol crest if the remains looked similar to an Argentine crest. Some just had a year marking on top of the receiver ring with no crest. King Michael crests came later.
 
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