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Hej, hej

I have a question guys.

Years ago, I had a Swedish Mauser that was drilled and tapped for an aperture sight. The gun came that way. I didn't touch it.

I read somewhere that Swedish match rifle and (sniper rifles prior to 1941) were drilled and tapped for a rather elaborate aperture sight.

I saw one of these at a gunshow almost 20 years ago, but I did not have the necessary funds.

Anyway, do you know who made these sights? Can anyone post a picture of one?

I seem to remember that they were made by Metalvaren Vasteras. Am a barking up the wrong tree? This is driving me nuts. Please help.

Tack sa mycket.

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Hi Mad g-smith.....

I have just bought one.....a 1906 Carl Gustaf M96 with apeture sights.
Mine has a Soderin brand sight, others available were Pram, Elit and GF diopter.
The fore sight is a tunnel type with changeable elements....mine has the ring on a post element.

As I understand it, these rifles were sold to the civilian target shooters pre-WW2 because they had an increase in members of 300,000!!!
The Swedish government sold them to the club members on the condition that they would sell them back to the government if Sweden were drawn into the war.
It was the civilians who set them up with the diopter sights.

I don't think their sniper rifles ever had diopters....I suspect that you know that the sniper rifle is the M41 and M41b and that they were all scoped.
Initialy they had German AJACK scopes and latter, the localy made AGA scopes which were said to be inferior to the German ones.

And OH BOY would I LOVE one!!!!!

The Metallverken Vasteras rear sights were an open sight with a micrometer wheel adjustment (25M increments from 250M to 600M) said to have been used on the M96-38's when they changed from the early 156 grn m/94 cartridge to the 139 grn m/94/41 spitzer rounds

I have, an Husqvarna M38 carbine, a Carl Gustavf CG63 6.5 x 55, an Obendorf CG63-.22 single shot and the above mentioned M96.
The M96 civilian rifles were known as the "Frivilligia skytterorelsen" or Fsr rifles.

Cheers Mad.
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My Swedish is awful. Does that mean "Volunteer Shooting Organization"?

Mad g-smith,

I don't have a clue to Swedish in general but the "skytte" part means either bullet or shoot I think???

"villigia" has to be village...... fri = people?? "orelsen"

"The people of the villages, shooting club"

But could well be "Volunteer Shooting Organisation" :?

madgunsmith's translation is pretty much as correct as they come.

"Fri" alone means "free" - but add "villiga" and it means "volunteer", though :Wink:. "Skytte" means "shooting". "Rörelse" is "organization.

Well, I'm sure Nek will correct me...but that's how Swedes are :mrgreen:

Anyway, it's close enough...
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