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Posted - 08/24/2006 :  02:51:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My father gave me a 7mm Mauser 1908 with a logo of a crown, "Fabrica de Armas Oviedo" on the receiver. He thought it was a Brazilian made gun. From what I can dig up other than the "1908" it appears to be a Spanish made weapon??

The rifle appears to be sporterized with a different stock and rear sights.

Any info would be appreciated. A pic of the original rifle would be good!

Thanks Barney50

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Posted - 08/24/2006 :  03:26:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Your correct, "Oviedo" was the name of the Spanish Arsenal, where Model 1893 Mauser rifles were manufactured under license for the Spanish military forces. There are quite a number of pictures of the Model 1893 Spanish Mauser, in arsenal original condition on the net. Do a Google image search to find them.

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Posted - 08/25/2006 :  10:53:11 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

This is an excerpt from an article that I have in my notes:

"By Royal Decree of 30 November 1892 Mauser rifle was initially qualified as the "sevice weapon" for the Spanish Army under the name of "Fusil Mauser Español Modelo 1892", (Spanish Mauser Rifle Model 1892). Only a year later, it would be replaced. In 1893, "...having exhausted all means of improvement and arriving at the moment for the final approval with the modifications proposed by the manufacturer..." the Royal Order of 7 November 1893 declared again this rifle as service weapon under the name of "Spanish Mauser Rifle Model 1893". Consequently of this, Spain decided to purchase 70,000 rifles and 5,000 carbines as well as 18 millions cartridges.

A few years later, this model was produced at the Spanish arms factory in Oviedo at a production cost of 78 pesetas/unit."

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Posted - 08/25/2006 :  5:14:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Likely the confusion as to the 1908 thing (there indeed IS a 1908 Brazilian mauser with a much more refined/stronger action than the 1893's) comes from the fact your model 1893 was MADE in 1908, and marked as such on the reciever ring? They are generally good rifles, although most are not percieved as being as high quality as the Czech and German rifles. The value of your average, very good condition recent inport Spanish mauser is somewhere around $100. The sporterization of your grandpa's gun in this case is not the tragedy it would have been were it a home sporter job done on an Oberndorf Standard Modell! Sounds as though the head space etc... has been confirmed by past shooting, although it is NEVER a bad idea to have a smith take a look. Should make a dandy little deer rifle! Since it's a family gun, any sale value would, I feel, be far outweighed by the intrinsic heritage of the gun. Have fun...keep 'em in the family!

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