Mauser 2447 An interesting pedigree of quality.
Mauser Origins: Much has been written about the genius of Paul Mauser and his invention of the famous Mauser rifle of 1898, which was adopted as the standard infantry rifle of WWI Germany. The superior Mauser design became the basis of virtually every modern bolt action rifle made ever since, including the Springfield .30-06 rifle used by the United States. Even today, bolt action rifles are based on the original Mauser design, regardless of the brand.
Belgian Connection: As a result of WWI, Germany lost all rights to manufacture military rifles. Rights to the Mauser designs were then acquired by the Belgian company FN. By 1924, FN had perfected the 30-year old Mauser 98 design into the superior M24, a Mauser 98 Karbine-length rifle, vastly more suitable for modern warfare, the best Mauser of that day. (Even today FN continues to make high-quality rifles for Browning and Winchester, among others, and they all carry Mauser heritage.)
The Yugoslav military immediately recognized the superiority of the FN Mauser 24 design. In 1925 they ordered not only 100,000 M24's to be built in Belgium, but they also purchased a complete FN production line to build M24's in Serbia.
Serbian Factory: By 1928, M24 production was in full swing at the Yugoslav National Arms Factory in Kragujevac. There were two basic models; one with a straight bolt handle for infantry, and one with a bent bolt handle and additional sling attachment points for cavalry. About One Million M24's were produced between WWI and WWII, before the German invasion in April 1941.
Captured by the Nazis: The German Army captured 250,000 brand new M24's still in storage at the Kragujevac factory. Even though the M24 is functionally identical to the German K98k and uses the same 8mm German ammunition, some of the captured rifles were never used. They remained new in storage!
Nazi Atrocities: History shows that the Serbs had resisted both the Turkish and the Austrian empires. The Nazis would also be expelled - at great price. The Nazis were not prepared for the fierce resistance that originated directly from the people. In an attempt to discourage resistance, the Nazis rounded up innocent civilians and simply murdered them, at the rate of 100 innocent civilians per one dead German soldier. One of the most infamous atrocities was committed near the Kragujevac factory in October, 1941, where a commemorative park and museum exist even today. Undeterred, the Serbs only intensified their resistance. Historians credit the Serbian resistance with delaying Hitter's invasion of Russia into the winter, ultimately contributing to Hitler's defeat.
Liberation and Preservation: By 1944 the Germans had been driven out, and Yugoslavia regained control of Kragujevac and the M24's. In 1947, the remaining new M24's were brought back into the factory for inspection and any necessary rework. Cavalry model sling attachments were standardized to the infantry style, and the rifles were remarked "M24/47". Few were ever used, because they were replaced by automatic assault weapons. Unused, they remained safely preserved in military storage for decades.
A Vanishing Opportunity: This superior-quality, pre-Nazi Mauser 98 Karbine with a rich, interesting history is a fully functional, near military-new rifle that is ideal for collecting or shooting. If only it could speak of the History it has seen!
Soon they'll all be gone!