Spanish Mauser Odds and Ends
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The rifles in these pictures were sporterized at some point by distributors (?).  Many Spanish Mausers were sporterized exactly the same (inexpensive) way.  
The stock has been shortened, with commercial swivels added.  Both rifles have shortened barrels with a step turned into the end of the barrel so that a normal
diameter front sight band could be installed.  The front sight band has about the same outside diameter as the end of the barrel at the point where it was cut off,
so the overall effect is nearly the same as a Czech VZ-24 - a smooth barrel end with the sight block protruding upward.  While the fit of the band to the barrel
is not as quite as nice as the VZ-24, the recrowning job is excellent.  The diameter of the end of the barrel on a normal Model 1893 or 1916 is around 0.605",
while the barrel end diameter is about 0.685" on one of the sportened rifles, the same as the outside diameter of a normal front sight band. The finish on the
metal is often black paint.  The rifle above left was purchased at Montgomery Wards during the 1950's or 1960's.
This picture shows a slot for a third bolt lug under the receiver bridge.  Javier
Sanchez has found a copy of an order dated 1933 calling for this modification.  
The rifle in question has a 1916 unmarked action and a 29" barrel.  It's a little
hard to understand how the third lug clears the ejector when working the action,
but I guess it must have worked somehow.  Maybe it was beveled just right?
While most rifles have a single crossbolt that mates with the receiver
recoil lug, this rifle and others have two.
The Model 1893 Mauser above (dated 1922) has a 25" barrel
with a Mannlicher-style stock.  It looks like the barrel was
shortened to the front barrel band, the front sight was relocated,
and the band was cut out to accomodate the altered front sight  
This was presumably done by a distributor in the U.S. but I really
don't know.  I have recently received information from the owner
of one of these that the front sight slides off to allow removal of
the front barrel band..
The advertisement above shows a rifle that could be either of the two
rifles above.  The description certainly matches.   The ad is from the May
1964 issue of American Rifleman, and is courtesy of Duane Neese.
A Model 1893 rifle sporterized to
make a carbine.  Notice how the rear
sight looks like it came from a
Winchester Model 1894 - not a bad
idea, since it can presumably be
adjusted for both windage and
elevation.  Photos courtesy of Brad
and Terri Lee
The serial number on the rifle above is the only one I
have ever seen with a letter prefix and five numbers
rather than four.  Learn something new evey day.  Photo
courtesy of Scott Houser.
Another image of an altered M1893.  
The bolt appears to be forged for a