I have a Mossberg 22 bolt action rifle marked model 42m(b) but can not find a serial number on it. It has a full length stock, adjustable rear sight, a hood on the front sight, a sling and an adjustable peep sight on the very rear mounted behind the action. There is a trap door in the metal butt plate where it looks like and extra clip could be stored. Can anyone give me any details on this rifle? Thanks
In general your rifle was mfg. between 1944 and 1950. The space in the stock is for a spare magazine. Very accurate rifles. In 1942-43 approx. 50,000 were mfg. as the 42MB to be used as training rifles for US and British troops. These rifles are marked US Property, and after the war many were sold and used as competition rifles.
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The 42m's were made both for the US Army and for the civilian market. The latter have no SN (it was not required at the time). The military models were marked US PROPERTY on both receiver and bbl and have a prominent SN under that legend. Many also have British Proof Marks, as they were sent to Britain as either trainers or for the home guard during WWII. They are superior in quality and accuracy to anything made today under $300!! Morty