BRANDL rifle?


July 24, 2003, 12:34 PM
anyone out there have any info. about a BRANDL rifle?
it is built on a mauser action and has BRANDL with Quialty from Germany and 30-06 stamped on top of the barrel and Made in Germany stamped
next to the serial # on the left side of barrel near the receiver.
did a web search for BRANDL rifle or arms and got one history site about family that started the co.thanks for any help in advance!

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Jim K
July 24, 2003, 07:45 PM
A few of questions always worth asking when the subject is a German rifle in .30-'06.

Does it have a thin buttstock with a small cheekpiece, and a small foreend with a "schnabel" tip? Does it have flip up rear sights and a ramp front with checkering? And maybe the receiver has the standard Mauser military safety and the thumb cut in the left sidewall. It may also be marked Gew. 98 on the left receiver wall.

If so, I have described a German sporting rifle of the 1920's. After WWI, Germany had millions of Mauser rifles and no money. Hundreds of gunsmiths worked over surplus military Mausers for sale in the U.S. and other countries for badly needed "hard" currency. These have moderate collector value, but are not of the type we prefer for hunting rifles and so are of little interest for that purpose. Plus, some barrel makers never did get the dimensions right and the guns are often not very accurate.

If I am wrong, please correct me and maybe describe the rifle a bit more.


July 25, 2003, 11:07 AM
thanks for you help.
but stock looks standard size to me, small cheek piece - yes.
foreend standard size (sim. to rem. 700) no tip, double basket weave checkering.
rear site does have flip-up marked 200, frount site is smooth no check or lines it is groved to accept a hood that is not present.
the safety is on the bolt like a 6.5X55 sweedish carbine but is curved instead of flat allowing clearence for the scope.
the markings have on barrel : a german eagle, a shield w/cross hatching, and a four digit number, under that a five digit number that is repeated on the frount left side of the reciever preceeded by the german eagle symbol again, the last three digits of this number are repeated on the bolt handle.
no Gew. 98 mark anywere i can find.
was grandpaws, then dads shoots well 1" at 100 yrds. no problem. with factory loads have not tried hand loads yet.
thanks again.

Jim K
July 28, 2003, 12:06 AM
OK, my guess was wrong. The shield with crosshatching is the mark of the Munich proof house after 1968, so the gun is post WWII. Unfortunately, my sources don't show the name (which is one of the reasons I thought it might be older). I am a bit surprised it has no importer marking. Could it have been brought back, maybe purchased at a military PX or BX?


July 28, 2003, 12:40 PM
thanks thats more than i had.

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