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Description: Up for auction is a Czech VZ-24 from the world-famous Brno factory. This model was introduced in 1924, as you might expect from the model designation. It was brought out to replace the VZ-98/22, which was a very close clone of the German GEW 98. The 24 confirmed the trend to shorter and handier infantry rifles after WW 1 when it was revealed that the longer and clumsier barrel lengths of 19th Century designs, like the GEW 98, were not only unnecessary, but impractical as well. Swinging a 4 foot long rifle in a narrow trench only further handicapped the troops. A short, handy rifle, like the 24, served the infantryman much better. So, many European governments followed suit, including the German army when, in 1935, they brought out the Mauser 98K, perhaps the quintessential bolt action rifle of the 20th Century. While the luster of the 98K is undisputed, the Czech VZ-24 may have the edge. They both shoot the 8mm Mauser cartridge, they both have Paul Mauser's flawless bolt design with direct feed and claw extractor, they both have a 5-round internal magazine, and they both exhibit Old World precision of manufacturing and meticulous quality of workmanship. However, given the choice, many Axis troops on the Eastern Front preferred the VZ-24 over the trusted 98K. This example shows a remarkable condition that bespeaks of loving care by a former owner. It comes out of a private collection, along with several other well-cared-for jewels of that era. It is all original and in wonderful condition: almost all the bluing is intact, and the wood, although it shows its wartime character, is free of splits, cracks, gouges, and dings. I see no rust or pitting, either inside or outside the barrel. The action is smooth and robust (these rifles were made to last, probably through several wars). The bore is good with lots of meat left in the rifling. Bolt face and lugs show no wear that I can see. It shoots 2-3 MOA groups at a 100 yds with steel-cased, off-the-shelf ammo. Take a close look at the photos: they tell the whole story. This is obviously a collector grade rifle. The VZ-24, once plentiful 40 years ago, is now a "vanishing breed," and specimens in this condition are even more rare. If you have any questions, feel free to ask---and I will answer as best I can. As I said, I bought several items that were being sold in an estate sale, so I don't have the complete history of the rifle. But, then again, I don't think I need to know any more than the pictures can tell me. This is a wonderful addition to any collection, and will be a point of pride for the owner.

Condition: Used - See Item Description
Caliber: 8mm (all)
Location: NV

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Private collector with numerous successful (100%) transactions. Additional information available upon request. Items are as described. Sales tax will not be added. Item will ship through local FFL dealer. Photo happily emailed upon request

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Item #: 990265154
Seller Since: Mar. 2013
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City: Las Vegas
State: NV
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