~ Old Specification Deactivated WW2 Era Czechoslovakian VZ24 Rifle ~
The rifle comes with its deactivation certificate dated 6.9.1993.
The rifle can be cocked and dry fired.
The rifle is stamped on the top of the chamber with the factory’s logo and what it seems to be the RDG logo, probably an export piece in the communist era.
Serial number 'L5722' is stamped on the left of the barrel and on the chamber.
The bolt's handle and the safety frame are stamped '338' and the safety is stamped '76'.
The bolt’s lock is stamped ‘1854’.
The wooden stock bears a factory or an arsenal logo which is not entirely visible anymore.
The magazine plate is stamped twice with ‘5722’ and ‘722’.
~ VZ24 ~
The vz. 24 rifle is a bolt-action carbine designed and produced in Czechoslovakia from 1924 to 1942. It was developed from the Mauser Gewehr 98 line, and features a very similar bolt design. The rifle was designed in Czechoslovakia shortly after World War I, featuring a 600 mm (23.6") barrel which was shorter and considered more handy than the 150 mm (5.9") -longer Gewehr 98. The carbine followed a similar trend in weapon design at the time, that a short rifle gave away little in ballistic efficiency at combat ranges, but was easier to handle on account of its shorter length.
During World War II, the vz. 24 was produced for the German armed forces during its occupation. The rifle was also produced in nearby Slovakia, a German ally and puppet state during the war.
~ Dimensions ~
The barrel length is 24.65 inches (62.5 cm) and the overall length of the rifle is 43.85 inches (111 cm).
It weighs 4 kg.
~ Condition ~
The rifle is in good used condition.
The metalwork preserves its blue and is rust free.
The woodwork has signs of use, minor bruises and one chip nearby the bolt, as most ot them have due to the regular extraction of the bolt.
~ Postage ~
Postage is £20 or the rifle can be picked up from our shop in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.