These photos represent the average condition of these Yugo M48 7.9x57mm Mauser rifles, all of which are graded as good condition by the importer.
Please Note: Surplus firearm may be missing various parts. This is not always the case, but should not be unexpected.
I purchased a Mauser M48 which was rated as Good. I had heard these rifles often didn't include things such as sight hoods and cleaning rods or matching serial numbers, though I only cared about an accurate rifle. The serial numbers on mine don't match and ATI adds two engravings, though the sight hood was included. The bore was pristine and the bolt ran smoothly. After removing the Cosmoline I found no rust on the rifle. The rifle shoots roughly 6in groups at 100yards, which is sufficient for basic hunting purposes. If you're looking for more accuracy, there are scopes made which don't require damaging the historic value. Overall, Im glad I didn't let the negative reviews scare me away.
I normally don't take the time to write a review unless a product surprises me by being really great, or really terrible. Well, I had to for this Mauser, and luckily its due to the former. Maybe I got lucky compared to some of the other folks, but I ordered 2 of these good condition Yugos. One M48A and this M48. The shipping was reasonably quick and they didn't bill my card til it shipped. What I received looks like 2 brand new mausers. Now, maybe they were refinished by ATI, or rearseneled before being stored for a long time... but either way, they are very well done, all matching, included every part save one sight hood, and look to be all correct down to the rough textured elm stocks. The bores and crowns are pristine too. For $360 and free shipping, I'm extremely pleased. The hard plastic case and lock included with them are worth at least 30-40 bucks on their own! I've ordered 3 of the fair condition M48As for $260 how could I not and if they're half as good as these, I'll be thrilled. Thank you guys for not being greedy and helping us who got into the surplus game later still get some good deals on solid rifles. I'll continue to support your business whenever I can. I'm going to get at least one more M48 if they stay in stock long enough.
Have to say the rifle arrived in better condition than I thought it would. After taking it apart, the barrel is in great condition, no pitting or rust to be had. Not to mention the bore looks fantastic. Only area where there was major rust was inside the bolt itself. Stock has a few dings and scratches, but no major damage to be had, adds a little character. Got all matching s/n, so that was a nice bonus, but didn't matter to me that much. Overall pleased with my purchase.
Rifle arrived in impressive condition, only noticeable wear appeared to be bits of rust on the buttplate and some minor gouges on the receiver and woodwork. Disassembly of the rifle also showed it to be in good condition beyond one major thing: the magazine spring had broken at the follower, causing a failure to feed for the final round in it.
I guess I waited too long to buy a Mauser. No matching numbers. Stock rough and cracked. Corrosion, pitting, stains on butt plate. Barrel rusted inside...even after a week of soaking and scrubbing,patches come out brown. I don't know who graded these, but he should share his drugs. I would NOT recommend this rifle.
I know what I was buying here but i purchased the good condition thinking that I would get decent. Upon taking the bolt apart the inside was a sea of rust. Not a little rust but covered my work table in rust dust when I took it apart. There was a good amount of rust on the on the outside of the barrel as well after removing it from the stock which was also cracked and was extremely rough with a good sized chunk missing by the butt stock. I have not fired the rifle yet so I cannot comment on that. With all of that I know what this was but Good condition to should be a bit better than two days of getting this thing cleaned up. I just want to let everyone know exactly what you are getting here.
My title explains it. Let me break it down. Butt stock back plate have a lot of corrosion, the outer and inner barrel has some corrosion as well. But the worst part was the bolt handle. That looked like it was inside a sunken ship! It had a lot of corrosion and rust. The handle was literally brown instead of stainless steel tone. The bolt assembly has some mild pitting, looks like it been reworked by the importer. Signs shows. There was a sign of a crack on the upper hand guard. A small piece of wood was insert it inside with wood glue.
Overall, this rifle should be marked fair at best, not good condition. I brought some Mosin Nagant rifles that was 90 years old that was in better condition than this. But Mauser are hard to find this days, overall, I can work with it and refurbish it. Not that big of a deal, it will just takes me more time and a few bucks more to get it to my standard. My FFL guy did mention he has seen Mauser in better days.