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.

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