Israeli Converted Yugoslavian Vz.24 In 7.62 NATO Bolt Action Rifle C&R

SOLD FOR: $705

WOA#: WY240407SK035

Make: Czechoslavkian, converted by Israeli arsenal.

Model: Vz.24

Serial Number: 1376

Year of Manufacture: 1945

Caliber: 7.62 NATO

Action Type: Bolt action, internal 5 round magazine

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked “1376/ ZBROJOVKA BRNO, A.S.VZ24” The top of the receiver has a Czech crest with “7.62”, the Star of David, and other proof marks. The floor plate and bottom metal are marked, “9461 / 4821” There is the C.A.I. import mark on the front of the barrel. The stock is marked, 7.62” There are scattered proof marks throughout.

Barrel Length: 23.5”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade post set atop a ramped base. The rear sight is a V-notched tangent sight marked out to 20.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The wood stock has a semi-pistol grip, nose cap with bayonet lug, hole for the missing cleaning rod, barrel band with one sling loop, through bolt, and a metal buttplate. There are compression marks, scuffs, small chips, and scratches throughout the wood. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8”  from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Fair overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blued

Finish Originality: Original to factory refurbishment

Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is semi-sharp. There is moderate erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, the bore rates at a 6/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90% of its metal finish as refurbished. Everything but the new barrel has gone to patina. There is light pitting on the bottom metal and trigger guard. The action shows wear from use. The screw heads show very light use. The markings are crisp and painted white. The action is smooth. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None..

Our Assessment: The Israeli Converted Yugoslavian Vz.24 is a variant of the Czechoslovakian Mauser Vz.24 rifle that was adapted by Israel for chambering in the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. Originally, the Vz.24 was produced in Czechoslovakia and served as the standard rifle for the Czechoslovak Army before and during World War II. After the war, many surplus Vz.24 rifles were exported to various countries, including Israel. In Israel, the Vz.24 rifles underwent a conversion process to accept the more modern 7.62 NATO cartridge. This conversion typically involved rechambering the barrel and modifying the rifle’s internal components to accommodate the larger cartridge. The Israeli Converted Yugoslavian Vz.24 rifles were used by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) and before that, as a service rifle for a period of time. They were valued for their reliability, robust construction, and compatibility with the widely available 7.62 NATO ammunition.

Today, these rifles are sought after by collectors and enthusiasts for their historical significance and unique combination of Czechoslovakian, Israeli, and NATO influences. They represent a tangible link to Israel’s military history and the country’s efforts to modernize its armed forces during the mid-20th century. -R.E.

Israeli Converted Yugoslavian Vz.24 In 7.62 NATO Bolt Action Rifle C&R
Israeli Converted Yugoslavian Vz.24 In 7.62 NATO Bolt Action Rifle C&R