Original Yugo M24/47 rifles in good to very good condition. We just received them from Ethiopia. These rifles were send with other military equipment to Ethiopia in the 11950`s and 60`s. Only a limited quantity available. C&R or FFL required.
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.