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German VZ24 rework vet bring back

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Thought this one would be a cool one to post up. And a good reminder to fellow collectors out there. These can be sleepers and sold for well under what their truly worth.

This rifle was once a Czech issued VZ24. When the Germans captured the Czech weapon facilities they had tons of weaponry and material to use for war production, and to arm their own forces. This rifle is an interesting example showing this. For starters the original Czech serial number and date was removed. Then it was restamped with a German proof marking, and numbered too match. The barrel was also replaced and it was German proof stamped, with a 1938 Czech production date located on the barrel. Check out those cutter marks at the end of the muzzle too! Very little muzzle wear. The stock was also numbered to match on the underside and has BSW supplied bolt take down disk installed as well. I did notice the stock is a VZ23 stock. Possibly using just a leftover earlier made stock to assemble a rifle.

The magazine follower does hold the bolt open, and the matching bolt has been blued typical of German reworks. About everything on this rifle matches and about everything is all Czech made parts. Remember these are key things to look for if you come across these. But the best part is that duffle cut stock hidden underneath the barrel band. Makes it all that much more special IMO. The Czech VZ24 rifles and VZ23 rifles were heavily used by the German forces during WWII. Many were used in front line service and some soldiers preferred these over the K98k. And another nice thing is both of these rifles are chambered in the same caliber, and many of the parts are interchangeable with each other.
 

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And a cool period picture showing these rifles in use. This is a picture of SS police unit all of these men are armed with VZ24 carbines. Check out the soldier on the far right his carbine as the residual rear sling attachment that had the loop removed, and the rest milled off. Another type of these variations. There are many different examples out there.

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In your opine what is better bent or straight bolt handle?
Bent is better for carrying and doesn't bang into your body as much. Also easier when your getting in and out of vehicles, and riding a horse for those times. Straight better for faster bolt manipulation. You can palm the bolt much easier and faster then a bent bolt IMO. Still both excellent rifles with that awesome Mauser 1898 action system. You can't go wrong with either of them.
 

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Just goes to show you that these weapons served far longer than what they were ever intended too. It really is incredible how long of a service life a lot of these weapons have on them. I have another captured weapon I need to get posted up I think you guys will like this one. It's got veteran information on it.
 
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