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Old May 19, 2019, 18:21   #1
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Polish WZ29 mauser

Yesterday at a local gun show I picked up a Polish WZ 29 mauser sn# 36503Z. No crest or other markings on rifle. All sn# match. Bolt is straight handle. Can anyone tell me when this rile was made. Thanks Lee
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Old May 19, 2019, 21:19   #2
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I believe WZ's were made from 1930 until 1939. I don't think there is a definitive way to tell what year it was based on serialization, but I could be wrong.

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Old May 20, 2019, 01:48   #3
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WZ29

Thanks for the reply. Can you tell me what the Z behind the sn# means?
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Old May 20, 2019, 16:35   #4
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A little history available on Forgotten Weapons. Apparently the WZ29 is the shortened version of the WZ24m Mauser with updated metalurgy. The original WZ24 was made from Mauser machinery captured in Danzig after WWI. The Polish Gov moved the plant to Radom in/near Warsaw and started producing modern centerfire rifles. The need for shorter rifles was being looked at by all WWI participants because the long rifles were cumbersome in the trenches. The WZ29 was adopted in 1929. Seems the bolts came with two models - straight for the infantry and turned down for the cavalry.

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Thanks for your reply can you help me little more????
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Old May 25, 2019, 00:08   #6
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WZ29 Polish mauser

Havn't been able to find a polish safety for this rifle that I'm trying to restore. all the parts match. Bore is dark, but very good rifling. Stock is in very good condition with the sn# on it in 2 places. I have a question for the ones in the know. Will a K98 safety fit? Thanks Leed709
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Old May 28, 2019, 00:16   #7
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Polish WZ29

Finally got time to take rifle apart for cleaning. Very little surface rust, should clean up nicely. The bore looked like it was dark, but after soaking it for 3 days with S&W bore gel and a dozen passed with a 9mm brush and lots of patches the bore has a nice shine. Stock is sn# to rifle in 2 places. Once stamped on the outside and inside barrel channel with large numbers in black ink. Haven't taken the bolt apart yet. I think I found a safety for it on ebay with a circled z and no sn#. This is my first try at restoring a firearm. Not bad for a $300.00 rifle. I think this will be a keeper.
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Old May 28, 2019, 16:09   #8
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Need help polish WZ29 bolt problem

Mailman delivered the safety that I got on ebay. Good condition no rust only marking was a small circled Z. Now my problem how to get the bolt apart with no safety installed. Any help would be greatly appreciated Leed709
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You can use this for a guide.

http://thisoldrifle.com/mauser98gew/...mbly/index.asp

Just remember that the safety hold tension during the disassemble process. If the safety is completely missing (not broken off), you will have a lot of spring tension to fight while removing the bolt sleeve from the bolt body.
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WZ29 safety

Thanks Tac40 The safety is completely missing. Maybe the reason I got this rifle so cheap. Most mauser that I see at gun shows cost 3 or 4 times as much. This is my first mauser rifle. From reading post on other sites the WZ29 polish mauser is hard to come by. It kind of late, so I'll try outside tomorrow.
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WZ29 safety

Bolt disassembled, cleaned and reassembled. Safety working fine. Thanks to the info supplied by TAC40.
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