Swedish Ljungman AG42B - 6.5X55MM

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Swedish Infantry Rifle M96 (original-long)
Swedish Infantry Rifle M96 (original-long)

Q: I own a Model 96 Swedish Mauser and a Model 38. Both rifles are in good condition and chamberd in 6.5x55mm. What can you tell me about these rifles, and what rifle were they replaced with?

Jerry Mahoney

A: The Model 96 was adopted for military use by Sweden in 1895, and rifle was shortened in 1938 and redesignated as the M 38. In all of its forms, the rifle was used until 1942 when it was replaced by the Eklund-Ljungmann rifle in 6.5x55mm, which was soon modified to become the Model 42-B. Egypt adopted the semi-auto Ljungmann chambered in 7.92x57mm Mauser and called it the Hakim. Those rifles in 6.5x55mm were sold in Australia as surplus before the Gun Laws were initiated.

Swedish Infantry Rifle M38 (short)
Swedish Infantry Rifle M38 (short)


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