söndag 18 maj 2008

SM sikte - AGJ ram rear sight

I recently aquired a correct AGJ Ram rear sight for my 1944 Husqvarna. It is kind of similar to the later m/55 sights found on m/41B snipers. As I put it on the rifle, I noticed that the sight interferes a bit with the diopter sight picture when the Söderin is adjusted low. If this is a problem when shooting at 100 meters, I will remove the AGJ temporarily. Could this be the reason why many ex. shooting club mausers miss their rear sights?

I read somewhere that the late series "FSR" rifles were equipped with this kind of sight, instead of the "T" marked m/38 ladder sight. Also, my rifle has a small mark from the tip of the micrometer adjustment screw, exactly in the same location as the screw on the AGJ.
Note that the sight base is marked with the letters "SS" - husqvarna inspector Sten Stenmo. Earlier CG:s had those markings at the side of the reciever. However, the recievers of the Husqvarna rifles where hardened a lot more, so the letters had to be stamped elsewhere.

The SM sikte was manufactured by AG Johanssons Metallfabrik in Västerås, Sweden.

lördag 10 maj 2008

1944 "FSR" Husqvarna

This is the 1944 Husqvarna I bought a while ago. I bought it over the phone, and thought it was a mismatched m/38, but it turned out to be an all matching "FSR" rifle, made for civillian shooters. The manufacturing quality & wood to metal fit is not as top notch as on my 1918 CG, but the feel of the trigger very nice.

Around 20,000 of these rifles were made by Husqvarna in 1943 and 1944. They were ordered by the military who sold them to at an attractive price to members of what was later to be called "Frivilliga Skytterörelsen" - civilian shooting clubs. They were supposed to be sold back to the government in the event of war. These rifles seem to be known to US shooters as "FSR" rifles, a term used in the Kehaya and Poyer Swedish Mauser book. As this is a rifle intended for non army use, it has only five serial numbered parts: receiver, bolt handle, buttplate, safety, and firing pin.

Notice the machining marks on the reciever - not really Carl Gustaf peacetime manufacturing standards. My rifle is in decent condition with a few scratches to the stock. Bore is like a mirror. It seems to be used quite a lot, but has been taken well care of. It has a Söderin target sight, a fairly common diopter that was very popular among shooters. The original rear sight is missing, as often is the case with competition rifles like this one. I will hunt down a late version AGJ for it, just like the one it had originally.

Hmm, wonder who Bror Svensson was? The civilian m/96 rifles had holes for stock discs just like the military versions. It was very common for shooters or clubs to put their own discs in there, just like on my shooting club owned CG 1918.