After World War II, the Yugoslavs took this design and incorporated minor modifications. Although very similar in general appearance to that of the German rifle, many of the parts of these two rifles are not interchangeable, especially the bolt and related action parts. M48s are usually distinguished from the 98k by the top handguard, which extends behind the rear sight and ends just in front of the receiver ring, although this feature exists on other models as well. The M48 was designed with a stock similar to the 98k, but it has a shorter intermediate-length action and receiver, as does the similar M24 seriesMauser. The M24 series Mausers were built from prewar Yugoslav Model 24 Mausers and then refurbished with newer Belgian parts, and usually have straight bolts, while the M48s have curved bolts. Most M48 stocks are made from thicker Elm or Beechwood and have a thick stainless steel butt plate at the rear of the stock. The M24/47 stocks are mostly made of thinner Walnut or Beechwood and do not have a milled stainless steel “cupped” butt plate. The M48 was also designed to remove the follower from stopping the bolt from closing when the magazine is empty. M48’s are regarded as a military surplus firearm and can be collected in the USA, Canada, and Australia at a generally cheap price due to the plentiful numbers recently imported from Europe, most of which had never been used in combat.
Caliber: 8mm Mauser