Highwood Classic Arms

Classic Military Rifles



Swedish Mauser
Husqvarna M38
Calibre 6.5x55mm
Date: 1942
Serial No: 666182
Price: £695

Excellent Condition

A purpose built m/38 short Swedish Rifle in 6.5 x 55

This rifle was built in 1942 by the Husqvarna works in Sweden.

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 handles.

The majority of purpose-built m/1938s had turned-down bolt handles and were manufactured by Husqvarna Vapenfabriks AB, with production ending in 1944.
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 U-Notch
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 empty magazine

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