March 22nd, 2017, 05:51 AM
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Twin Cities, MN
Originally Posted by Instructor
Not sure if the polished, white receivers were ones issued to the standing Army troops, but have been told these polished ones were used for guard duty at embassies, government buildings, etc. for show purposes?? They are a nice Mauser rifle and many were sporterized and built into high quality sporting/hunting rifles.
By no means a Mauser expert, or a S.American Mauser expert, but it is my understanding that all of these issued to Chile were "in the white." I don't recall seeing any other S.American country being issued rifles like that (but again, I'm no expert).
I have seen some that were blued, but these were all after the fact during some type of restoration. I do have one of those, wherein the entire barrel/receiver has been blued. It is a nice shooter. But I want to try and restore my others to look somewhat like they were when issued. IMHO, they are fine examples of large-ring Mauser actions, and being that they didn't see any war-time use, many of them are still in great shape.