Matching FN Herstal Venezuelan M1930 Mauser Bolt Action Rifle In 7×57, C&R

SOLD FOR: $1,351

WOA#: WY240319IK006

Make: Fabrique Nationale Herstal (FNH)

Model: M1930

Serial Number: 36178

Year of Manufacture: Post 1930

Caliber: 7mm Mauser

Action Type: Bolt action, internal 5 round magazine.

Markings: The top of the receiver is marked with the Venezuelan crest and “E.E.U.U.DE / VENEZUELA” The side of the receiver is marked, “36178 / FAB.NAT. D’ARMAS de GUERRE HERSTAL BELGIQUE” with belgian proof marks.The bolt handle is marked, “36178” The right side of the stock forend is marked, “36178” There are various small proofs throughout. The bayonet is marked, “6344”

Barrel Length: 23.6”

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a dovetailed delta set on a raised knurled base. The rear sight is a tangent U-notch marked out to 20.

Stock Configuration & Condition: This rifle has a two piece wood stock set with a end cap / bayonet lug, barrel band with a sling loop, through bolt, straight wrist, straight comb, with steel buttplate. There are minor pressure dents and scratches throughout. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 13 3/8” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. Overall, the stock rates in at about Excellent condition.

Type of Finish: Blued, polished steel.

Finish Originality: Original.

Bore Condition: The bore is very bright and the rifling is sharp. There is no erosion in the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 9.5/10.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 98% of its metal finish. There is light handling wear throughout. There are some small spots of thinning and discoloration on the bolt. The screw heads are sharp and the markings are clear. Overall, this rifle rates in about Excellent condition as a C&R.

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: Bayonet, leather sling, muzzle cap.

Our Assessment: The FN Herstal Venezuelan M1930 Mauser Bolt Action Rifle in 7x57mm caliber is a variant of the iconic Mauser Model 1898 rifle manufactured by Fabrique Nationale (FN) in Belgium and supplied to Venezuela. These rifles were produced for the Venezuelan military and are based on the renowned Mauser design, known for its reliability, accuracy, and durability. Chambered in 7x57mm Mauser caliber, also known as 7mm Mauser or 7mm Spanish Mauser, these rifles utilize a cartridge with a long and distinguished history. Developed by Paul Mauser in the late 19th century, the 7x57mm Mauser cartridge is known for its flat trajectory, moderate recoil, and effectiveness at medium ranges, making it suitable for military and hunting applications. The FN Herstal Venezuelan M1930 Mauser rifles were produced under contract by FN for the Venezuelan military, and they bear Venezuelan military markings and crests.

These rifles are prized by collectors and enthusiasts of military firearms for their historical significance, craftsmanship, and performance. They represent a piece of Venezuela’s military history and serve as a reminder of the country’s military traditions and alliances with international arms manufacturers like FN Herstal. This particular rifle is in near mint condition with its original finish and stock along with a beautifully bright bore. This rifle comes with a bayonet, sling, and muzzle cap, making this a complete rifle w/ accouterments. Please see the photos for more information, and good luck on your bid! -R.E.

Matching FN Herstal Venezuelan M1930 Mauser Bolt Action Rifle In 7x57, C&R
Matching FN Herstal Venezuelan M1930 Mauser Bolt Action Rifle In 7×57, C&R