7.92 M/M (8mm Mauser) Frankford Arsenal Standard Rifle - 1942 - SPECIAL ORDER
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This is a rare and highly collectible Frankford Arsenal marked model 70 chambered in 7.92mm (8mm Mauser). This standard rifle is chambered in the scarce chambering of 7.92 M/M and produced in 1942. It is one of a handful of known rifles produced for the US military for testing at Frankford Arsenal - the US research facility for testing and development of experimental ammunition. The receiver and stock are stamped "HBJ Frankford Arsenal." The rumor behind this rifle is that it was ordered by the military for testing to improve the US understanding of the primary cartridge German infantry were using in the war. The timing is right and Frankford Arsenal is exactly where such research would be conducted, but (alas) we can find no documentation to corroborate this story.
What we can tell you is that this rare rifle is made even more interesting and rare by its association with the Frankford Arsenal. And in addition to being rare, the rifle is in great shape, grading in NRA very good condition.
The original bluing rates at 90%, with wear around the muzzle and on the site hood. The bottom metal shows fading and freckling to the bluing, but no deep scratches or damage to the metal. The rear bridge of the receiver has a discrete repair, but no other modifications are noted anywhere on the rifle. The bolt is correct and serial number matched to the receiver.
The bore shows light throat wear, and shallow light pitting throughout the length of the bore. It rates a 6 out of 10 with borescope inspection.
The low-comb stock is a deep colored piece of American walnut, bearing the expected scratches, dings and scuffs that come from normal active use. A few areas of shine on the stock indicate it may have been overcoated or at some point in the distant past. The stock retains its original steel buttplate, with significant bluing loss.
The barrel, and stock are stamped "FRANKFORD ARSENAL" and "H.B.J." (the initials of the chief inspector at Frankford Arsenal in the 1930s and early 1940s).
The barrel, and stock are stamped "FRANKFORD ARSENAL" and "H.B.J." (the initials of the chief inspector at Frankford Arsenal in the 1930s and early 1940s). The receiver sight is stamped "H.B.J.".
This one is a rare and collectible piece of American history.
NOTE: This rifle must be shipped to an FFL or C&R holder who can complete the transfer. If needed, we are happy to assist you in locating an FFL holder near you who receive and transfer the rifle to you.