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    M49 Persian Mauser - Restoration Project?

    Have a chance to purchase an M49 Persian Carbine, or at least, whats left of it, for a very good price. Metal shows light surface rust, bore is dirty but shiny and the stock looks original & very good condition. Now for the bad news; its missing a lot of parts, namely, the complete bolt, trigger guard assembly with lifter & spring, butt plate, plus miscellaneous screws.

    I understand that this is probably a Czechicon manufacture, perhaps even an Iranian mfg. Have been told that a vz24 bolt will fit this rifle, but the original bolt had a turned-down handle, whereas all replacement bolts I see have a straight handle. Do not know if a standard vz24 trigger guard assembly will fit. I'm know that to try & find all original parts for this may be like looking for a "needle in a haystack", so I'm just thinking on finding parts for this gun that will allow it to shoot and at least look presentable (even though non-matching or original parts)

    From what I've seen in searches, I anticipate spending $400 + for parts that will probably only make it a non-original shooter at best. So my question is, is it worth it?

    Appreciate any and all comments. Thanks, --728shooter

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    It depends on the average value of a Persian Mauser in the States.
    Here I can find one in perfect conditions (long rifle, model. 29) from 600 € upwards, but mine, for example, cost me less a couple years ago. Brand new!
    So, to be sincere, I don't think it would be worth it, although the carbine might be worth more. But as an original.
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    Kind of depends on how much you're paying for the rifle. If more than $100, I'd say no, not worth it. You'll have $500 into a non matching rifle that while desirable in original condition, not so much in a miss matched rifle. $400 seems to be an awful lot for parts though, you sure on that? $125 max for a bolt, trigger guard assemblies are around $40. Any 98 style rifle parts should work. the rest of the stuff shouldn't add up to another $75 I would think.

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    Have seen some M49's in 95+% condition, all matching, all original, having sold for $600-$900+...Blue Book value for the same gun is about $500-$600 (all prices U.S. $) I figure that a non-original, non-matching refurbished one would be worth about half those amounts, so I guess I just answered my own question. Kind of a neat looking little carbine, though, but not worth investing more than $300 in costs to buy it & fix it.... Bummer!



    Thanks to all for helping me put this into proper perspective! --728shooter

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