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Swedish M-38 Short Rifle

Discussion in 'Curios and Relics' started by String, Aug 12, 2017 at 11:11 AM.

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    After WWI a lot of countries saw a need for a mid-length service rifle. Something shorter than the long battle rifle and longer than the cavalry carbine. This gave rise to rifles like the KAR 98, Lee Enfield, MAS 36 and 1903 Springfield and of course the Swedish M-38. These are chambered for the same 6.5x55 Swedish round as the M-96. The first of these were converted M-98 rifles with the barrels shorten by 5.5" and these can be identified by having the straight bolt handle of the parent rifle. Later their were purpose built short rifles which will have turned down bolt handles. IMG_5138.JPG IMG_5145.JPG IMG_5140.JPG IMG_5143.JPG
     
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    There is a 3rd firearm in this set I don't yet own. Seems I keep running out of money before I can find one in the condition and price range I'm happy with. The next time I decide to reinvest some IRA funds into wood and steel that will be high on my list. Its the M1894 Swedish Calvary Carbine. To me these are one sexy little piece of history. Karbin_m-1894_-_6,5x55mm_-_Armémuseum.jpg
     
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    Another nice piece of history.
     
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    @String Just thought I would let you know that I enjoy your descriptions of these rifles and the history of them that you share almost more than the pictures.

    Out of curiosity, if you lined your collection up buttstock to muzzle how many miles do you think you would have? To be fair, I checked my own, I'd get 13'-6":)
     
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    Lol. I have no idea. A ways I reckon. I agree that without a little history they are just inanimate objects but by adding a bit of background they take on a little of a life of their own. I guess it's obvious why I requested a C&R section.
     
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    #6 String, Aug 12, 2017 at 10:00 PM
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