Brno ZG47

Brno ZG47: an all-time great Mauser. Buy it!


Q: I’ve been offered an original Brno ZG47 rifle in .270 Winchester for $1000. Do you think I should take it? 

The date of manufacture is 1953 and it needs rebarrelling, which will add to the cost. The walnut stock has a Monte Carlo comb and cheekpiece and is in good shape except for a few scratches and slight dings. 

Do you think it is worth buying?

Alan Carter

A: That Brno ZG47 is one of the best Model 98-type rifles ever made. 

The ZG47 action is flat on top, with the bridge lower than the ring, and has integral dovetails for scope mounting. 

An anchor block on the left of the Brno scope base engaged a matching notch cut into the side of the receiver ring to prevent the scope and mount from moving forward under recoil. 

The bolt sleeve has a rotary-type safety allowing the use of a low-mounted scope. 

The all-steel magazine has a hinged floorplate and latch inside the front of the trigger guard, Oberndorf-style.

I had a ZG47 for many years and burned out eight barrels in it. I recommend you buy the ZG47 and have it rebarrelled as I’ve seen them advertised on Used Guns for up to $3000.

 

 

 


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