M24/47 MAUSER rifle in fair to good condition.
These rifles were made by Zastava in Yugoslavia.
After World War II, many existing M24s were rebuilt with new
23.4-inch barrels and stocks of walnut, teak, or other available hardwood.
Since the project kicked off in 1947, the rebuilds were dubbed M24/47s. A lot
of these rifles were churned out of the Kragujevac Arsenal—now renamed
“Zastava”—continuing into the early ’50s. However, as the newer standard-issue
Mauser M48 became readily available, most of the reconfigured M24/47 battle
rifles saw little use.
As a result, M24/47s are typically in outstanding condition
but have little sentimental value or historic panache. They are ideal shooters.
The bulk of M24/47 importation to the United States occurred
in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and many are in prime condition. It’s worth
noting that the Yugoslavian arsenals, prepping the rifles for a half-century of
storage, applied Cosmoline with shocking generosity. Removing it all
effectively can be a monumental task.
Yugoslavia’s M24/47 features an intermediate-length
Mauser-type action, a five-round staggered box magazine, a straight bolt
handle, dual opposing locking lugs, and a full-length rotating claw-type
extractor. A rather large hinged pull-catch at the left rear of the action
allows bolt removal.
The safety is a three-position type. Rotated to the far
right, it locks the bolt and blocks the firing pin. In the center position, the
bolt may be opened to clear the chamber and unload the rifle, but the firing
pin is still blocked. Like many battle rifles of yesteryear, when in this
vertical center position, the wing-type safety also blocks the line of sight,
serving as an instant reminder should the user forget to disengage the safety
before trying to fire the rifle. Far left, of course, is the “Fire” position.
Yugoslavian M24/47 Mauser-Pattern Rifle
Like all others of its ilk, the M24/47 features a stripper
clip guide and thumb cutout to facilitate rapid reloads. A cleaning rod resides
beneath the barrel, and the three-quarter-length stock is fitted with a
heat-guard upper half.
The sights are robust and effective for rapid work up close.
Their somewhat coarse nature enables them to function in low light, but they
don’t favor accuracy. A good rifleman with excellent vision may milk
best-possible groups out of an M24/47, but as one friend pointed out, most
M24/47s shoot better than their owner can using the issued sights.
* About the Grading -The rifles have dents, dings, scrapes, gouges, discoloration and possible small cracks in the stocks. You can also expect anywhere from minimal bluing wear to a lot of bluing wear, and we have even seen some surface rust on a few. We have not seen any rust that would not clean up well. We do offer a hand select for cosmetics that will offer you one of the nicer looking ones if that is your desire but please know that even a hand select is not going to be gorgeous.... just one of the better ones in the group.
We do not warranty for cosmetic's as we have tried to be as honest as possible in describing these rifles. As such, if the possibility of receiving a rifle that is less than a beauty queen is a deal breaker, then don't order one. However, we do warranty them for function and we think that they are a tremendous value as they are as close to military turn-in's as we have ever seen for long stored Mauser's.
Don't let my overly honest description of the rifles fool you. We always try to allow for the lower end in the bunch when describing our surplus because let's face it, someone is going to get the ugliest one there. Having said that, these rifles have not been as readily available in the U.S. marketplace for several years now and we are proud to be able to offer them at what we think is a fantastic price. Get yours today.
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Important - As noted above these are arsenal turn in rifles and while we have done a dry function test here before shipping, the rifles have not had the bores cleaned nor have they been checked by a gunsmith. As with all surplus firearms the rifle should be thoroughly cleaned before firing. Also, please be sure that the bore is clear and unobstructed. Finally, a good rule of thumb with any surplus is to have your local gunsmith do a safety check before attempting to fire.
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