M24 Mauser Bolt Action Rifle, 8MM, Very Good Condition
***Please Note: Our most recent batch of these does not have any of the accessories pictured below. Only the gun. (Updated December 2012)***
Our Note of Condition: Overall very good condition. A true piece of history, sold AS IS, in AUTHENTIC original condition, as imported. Each rifle is unique and sold as such. (April 2012 batch)
The M24 series is a line of Mauser pattern bolt-action battle rifles produced for use by the Yugoslavian military. They are similar to the Czech vz. 24 rifle, featuring open sights, 8x57mm IS chambering, carbine-length barrels, hardwood stocks, and straight bolt handles. All M24 series weapons are designed to accept the M-24/48 pattern bayonet.
A number of M24 series rifles have been sold to civilians, and are popular because of their low cost when compared to similar Mauser pattern rifles, such as the Karabiner 98k and M48 Mauser. M24 series rifles are noted for their high quality.
The first Mauser rifle produced in Yugoslavia was the M24. Its predecessor, the Model 1924 had been produced for the Yugoslav army by Česká Zbrojovka and FN Herstal. Nearly all M24's were produced either before or during World War II, at the Kragujevac Arsenal plant. The M24 and Model 1924 are nearly identical.
The final additions to the M24 family were the M24/47 and M24/52 rifles. Both were produced by reworking existing prewar Model 1924 rifles after World War II at the Zastava Arms (formally Kragujevac Arsenal) plant, which was at that time under the control of the postwar communist government. "47" and "52" indicate the beginning of the rebuild program for each respective model: 1947 for the M24/47 and 1952 for the M24/52. One common misconception is that the M24/47 rifles were produced only in 1947; actually, the rebuild program lasted into the early 1950s alongside new production of M48 rifles. Minor cosmetic differences exist between the M24/47 and M24/52, but the rifles are nearly identical to one another and to their predecessors, the Model 1924 and M24.
M24 series rifles were used by the Royal Yugoslav Army and the Yugoslav Partisans during World War II.