Mauser

More of the K98-45 Mauser.

I was able to take the gun out today, and shoot it without other shooters around. She functioned flawlessly, the cheap gunshow magazine marked “COLT 45” works even better than the Chip McCormick one. I had ZERO feeding issues today.


I soldered on a rear sight sleeve, and a front sight. The finish I ended up applying was Brownell’s Park-grey. I had two out-of the box failures with the pricey gun-kote they sell. Truly a crappy product.

Next week I hope to properly sight it in.

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45ACP Mauser video

Finally got the barrel threaded, and was able to test it. AAC Ti-Rant 45 is mounted!

 


45ACP Mauser update.

The day before Thanksgiving, my Ti-Rant 45 form 4 showed up at my dealer, and re-sparked my 45ACP Mauser project.
During the holiday, I carefully determined that I had a large-ring receiver, and ordered the Rhineland kit. Shipping was prompt, and 3 days later it arrived.
After un-boxing the kit, which was packaged extremely well by Rhineland, I took to the laboratory to screw the new in-the-white barrel into my receiver.
Alas. The new barrel was too big. I quickly snapped some pictures, and right before my wife served dinner, mailed them off to Rhineland, asking him what the deal was.

Shorty after he responded that I did indeed have a hybrid bastard-child of a gun, a large ring receiver with a small ring thread. Just my luck. “No problem,” he said, “I’ll send you a small ring one, send me the large ring one back when you can”. I promptly sent my barrel back, and in the mean time, Rhineland had sent me replacement already, along with the back-ordered ejector. No charge on the shipping.

The replacement barrel fit like a glove. I screwed in the barrel, inserted a 45ACP No GO gauge in the chamber with the bolt, and determined my headspace, alternating between GO and NO GO gauges, until I found the right spot.
Tighten the lock ring with some Blue Loc-tite on the treads, confirm headspace, and step 1 is done.
After that, I installed the magazine adapter and extended ejector, and after a bit of tweaking and filing, I got ‘er cycling and feeding smoothly.

The initial range trip was successful today, although the Kimber magazine I had modified to function properly at home, proved less reliable than a unmolested Chip McCormick magazine. Unlike some previous builder stated in their Youtube build video, I don’t have to “ram” the bolt home to get a positive feed, just some good momentum is enough.

Next up for this project:

  • Remove the barrel and have it threaded .578″x28 for use with a suppressor;
  • Reinstall barrel, and refinish the received and barrel. I’m thinking a simple Brownells spray-on finish.
  • Come up with a solution for sights of some kind. A way to low-mount a Doctor/RPD-II would be ideal.

Zombie Slayer SBR Mauser

I received an email this morning, from viper5243, about his SBR 8mm Mauser, I’ve featured on here before.
He informed that he’s had his Mauser refinished, turning it into a Zombie Killer rifle.

The rifle looks great, the addition of the DeGroat Flash Enhancer and the Trench Magazine really make it a one-of-a-kind. Like it wasn’t one already…

The excellent work appears to be performed by 7.62 Precision Custom Firearm Finishes. More pictures can be seen on their site as well. 


Mauser project revisited, with a new spin!

For a while now, I’ve had the urge of SBRing a Mauser, and cutting the barrel to 7″, turning it into an evil spirits defying flame-thrower/car alarm setter-offer.

I started off with a shot out M38 Turkish Mauser, I had rescued from an ATI plastic sniper stock, and a sporterized 98K stock I found on eBay.
After that, the project pretty much sat idle in my safe, awaiting time and money to continue.

And then I ran across Rhineland Arms, who sells a kit to convert a 98 Mauser into .45ACP. Fed by a 1911 magazine seated in an adapter, the gun features a 16.25″ barrel, and an extended ejector. And of course with my AAC Ti-Rant 45 suppressor on the way, I couldn’t think of a better project. No action noise and a short and handy subsonic pistol caliber rifle. a German/Turkish based abdomination of a DeLisle? William De Lisle will roll over in his grave if he finds out…

I decided to remove the shot out barrel from the receiver. I soaked the threads overnight with Mouse Milk, and heated a section of the barrel to red hot, about 6″ from the muzzle. Once the barrel was nice and hot, I bent the barrel 90 degrees, to ease the removal process. After carefully rigging the received in a vice, I added a cheater bar to the now 90 angled barrel, and broke the barrel free, easier as I had expected.

Then, with the barrel removed, I cut the barrel down to 16.5″ so I could make a mock-up of the rifle with a 16.25 barrel.

The barrel, removed from the receiver and cut to 16.5″.

Here she is, in all her glory:

I still have to come up with a solution for a sight. I’m not sure if I will be installing original Mauser sights, or if I am going to run a small red-dot. The benefit of a red dot is that it will clear a suppressor at the muzzle.


Current status of the SBR Mauser

I have acquired a nice blonde stock from a sporterized 98k. It was a flat butt plate stock, cut down some on the back, and cut and rounded in the front.
Sarco still has cupped butt plates, so I ordered one.
My friend Mark made a jig for his table bench grinder, and trimmed the butt area down to accommodate the cupped plate.

The barrel is measured and marked. I think it’s going to be cut at 7″ exactly.

The project is now on hold until the Form 1 gets approved.


Another NFA project.

After scanning through a “Post a picture of your SBR” on AR15.com, in the mix of all the short AR15s and few AKs, member viper5243 posted the following:

M48 SBR

and

Fireball

I had very mixed feelings. I was in awe of the shortness of the gun, also stunned by the sheer terror of a cut up C&R gun, while breathless of the size of the fireball, but yet attracted to it like the proverbial train-wreck you can’t look away from.
The decision was made after dreaming about it that night: I need to build my own.
It was definitely worth the $200 NFA tax to register one SBR.

(SBR is a registered Short Barreled Rifle, usually a rifle with a barrel shorter than 16″. SBRs, along with other items are regulated by the NFA division of the BATFE)

I contacted viper5243, and he informed me that it was built from a Yugoslavian M48 Mauser, had a barrel length of 9″ and on overall length of 26″.
This thing was a monster!
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