This is a Chilean Model 1912-61. More detailed photos of parts and details on them are in this imgur album….I’m giving this reddit picture internet hosting a strive, however nonetheless like having imgur for my very own use. I additionally broke each rule I’ve ever preached on this one, I purchased an incomplete rifle… This was 280 bucks however lacking the highest hand guard, entrance and rear barrel bands, and a pair small screws. Fortunately, Numrich had all of the elements wanted to finish the gun, so all instructed, I’m about 340 bucks into this rifle, which I’m pleased with. Usually, enjoying the spare elements game by no means ends properly.
The Chileans, having been in a state of heated discussion and rigidity with their Bolivian and Peruvian neighbors had been attempting to remain aggressive with their arms expertise and provide. Chile’s neighbors had already begun adopting the newer ’98 sample Mauser rifles to switch their ’95 sample rifles. In a really lengthy and complicated state of affairs to explain in a paragraph, in 1912, the Chileans managed to accumulate from OEWG Steyr some 37,500 lengthy rifles and 5,600 carbines designated because the Model 1912, the 12 months of the contract placement.
Chile would use these rifles all through the WWI, interwar, and WWII interval along with a brand new batch of rifles bought in 1935 for his or her Carabineros. Ultimately although, after WWII, after Chile’s own inner struggles with communism and dictatorship ended with a presidential election, the Chileans would look to align themselves with the US in its effort to stop the unfold of communism in South America. During WWII, the Chileans had been minimize off from their European suppliers of arms and had moved in the direction of using US service arms, buying some 1000 Johnson 1941 rifles chambered in 7mm Mauser. After the battle, they might obtain a lot of surplus US service rifles and handguns. Eventually, because the 7.62 Nato cartridge started to switch the sooner .30 caliber cartridges the US had beforehand used, it appeared logical for the Chileans to undertake that cartridge as properly. The Chileans would undertake the FAL within the 50s however the query of what to do with earlier shares of Mauser rifles remained. In 1961 it was determined to transform shares of those rifles to the 7.62 NATO cartridge now of their commonplace difficulty FAL rifle. This pattern of changing older service rifles to fashionable cartridges was not distinctive to the Chileans and was carried out by fairly a number of nations that selected to align themselves with NATO member states.
Both rifles and carbines could be transformed to the ’61 sample, however sometimes these conversions all seem barely completely different from each other. My particular rifle seems to have been a 1912 lengthy rifle transformed to 7.62 Nato by shortening and re-chambering the unique barrel to 7.62 NATO, shortening the wood inventory to a size between the sooner 1912 carbine and 1912 rifles, and marking the receiver as proven above by including a -61 after the mannequin 12 months and engraving NATO under the mannequin designation.
There are nonetheless nonetheless some questions unanswered for me:
Some declare these weapons to have 2 groove and four groove barrels. They declare the two groove barrels are USGI surplus 1903 Barrels and the four groove barrels are re-bored and re-chambered Mauser 1912 rifle barrels. My instance has a four groove barrel. I noticed no reference to this in my ebook.
I’ve learn that barrels sometimes should not matched to the rifle. My explicit instance’s barrel matches the receiver and inventory. IT seems to have been stamped on the barrel after the rebuild. I’ve learn in my reference ebook that the rear bands on the quick rifles and lengthy rifles differed, however I’ve not been capable of finding any distinction between the entrance band on each quick and lengthy rifle aside from by the strategy it’s hooked up.
For no matter motive, I couldn’t get the Chilean H kind entrance band to suit on my rifle. It seems to have had one at one level as there may be put on in that space, however the band won’t match over the barrel. It nearly seems that the changed barrel is just too giant in diameter to suit. The band slips on the inventory alone with ease. I’ve modified a spare band to suit correctly and welded the misplaced gap and re-drilled the outlet within the right place (dangerous bubba).
I’ve nonetheless not seen an important serial quantity chart (and would possibly by no means) for these weapons. Both my lengthy and quick rifles are within the A. prefix vary. The bolts are each mismatched however the rifle has a correct straight bolt within the C. vary and my carbine has a mismatched turned down bolt within the A. vary. Is there a superb supply for information on serial quantity blocks?
Alluded to above, these rifles have been made by OEWG Steyr. The story behind this contract is extraordinarily difficult and fairly fascinating. i’d encourage you to observe the C&Rsenal video that goes into great detail on this whole chain of events that led to Steyr getting this contract. David Nielson’s book on the Chilean Mausers additionally particulars this entire debacle fairly properly in addition to offers a ton of knowledge on Chilean contract Mausers. There is not a ton of knowledge on-line about these weapons, however the Randy Rick page has just a little info. The Carbines for Collectors page additionally has a blurb about Chilean rifles.