Serial No: 666182
A purpose built m/38 short Swedish Rifle in 6.5 x 55
This rifle was built in 1942 by the Husqvarna works in
The breech is clearly marked HUSQVARNA VAPENFABRIKS /
AKTIEBOLAG / 1942”.
The Model 1938 rifle (6,5 mm Gevär m/38) was adopted
in 1938 as part of a worldwide trend towards service rifles that were
shorter in overall length than a standard infantry rifle, but longer than
a cavalry carbine.
The original m/1938 rifles were converted m/1896 rifles
with shortened barrels and almost always with the original straight bolt
The majority of purpose-built m/1938s had turned-down bolt handles and
were manufactured by Husqvarna Vapenfabriks AB, with production ending
The Swedish military made no distinction in service between the two types.
Carl Gustafs Stads Gevärsfaktori converted 55,080 m/1896 long rifles
to m/1938 short rifles in 1938–1940.
In addition to that Husqvarna Vapenfabriks AB produced 88,150 new m/38
short rifles between 1942 and 1944.
Giving a total of 143,230 m/1938 short rifles.
The butt has the water transfer decal painted over with
protective shellac, the rear sight has been converted post war with the
Additionally the squared blade has been retrofitted, replacing the older
"inverted V" blade.
Thankfully this example has not had the muzzle converted
for use with the "Blank Firing Adaptor"
The magazine plate is unmodified & still acts as a bolt stop on an
This example was still covered in Arsenal Storage Grease similar to Cosmoline,
I have just removed this, though some is still visible in some places.
Excellent Condition with a Mint Bore