According to the seller, this rifle was manufactured for Egypt before the Suez crisis. I have one of these rifles and would like the complete story of how they came to be manufactured and why there are no markings on them. Also, if I were to sell it, what would be a reasonable price to ask, this guy is not selling his very fast. Thanks.
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April 5, 2010, 10:11 PM
They were a version of the M48 Yugoslavian mid length action. Do a search for Egyptian Mauser and see what you get.
Some people try to get inflated prices for rifles by declaring how rare they are. If you do some research, you'll see they are usually full of it.
The rifle is similar to what Mitchell's Mauser offers, a sanitized M48 with virtually no markings on this one.
Take a look at the wiki site for some history on the M48BO designation.
April 6, 2010, 03:23 AM
NCsmitty has got it right.
However, if you plan on becoming a Mauser nut, you will need two books. Mauser Bolt Rifles by Ludwig Olsen as a reference and The Mauser Bolt Actions a Shop Manual, covering M91-M98. Then when you're hooked on Mausers the fun begins.:banghead:
April 6, 2010, 06:39 AM
+1 on what's been posted. It appears to be a Yugo M48BO. Unissued M48's can be found for $200 +/-. The sellers story is correct but the price is wrong.
April 6, 2010, 09:17 AM
It's the Internet, we're ALL experts!
They made 3,000 of the BO models in 1955. BO is Yugoslavian for "without markings." I think the value would be more than that of a standard M48 given its relative scarcity. I think the $695 starting price on that auction is a tad optimistic. I have seen these offered for $400-$500.
I paid $59 for mine but that was 25 years ago before anyone knew what they were.