Iranian Mauser

I travel quite a bit. And as a habit, I am always eyeing stuff that interests me. Nothing new, right? We all do it. But in my case, it’s always guns.

Even if the pistol, rifle, shotgun, zip-gun, sub-gun, machine-gun isn’t of high quality, I always try to score some intelligence and info on it. Is it real or a copy? What condition is it in? Loaded? Extra mags or ammo? Sling? How it it carried? Etc. Yes, people that have traveled with me will attest that I am “notorious” for surreptitiously photographing weapons or people armed with them.

Iranian / Persian Mauser. Notice the stock wrapping.

Iranian / Persian Mauser. Notice the stock wrapping.

Pro-tip: Eventually you will get caught and the catchers usually don’t try to be congenial about it. So keep that in mind, if you are traveling with other people. You might get them wrapped up in jam they don’t see coming. Expect to get arrested, robbed, assaulted, or “fined”. This isn’t a hobby for pussies.

Persian Mauser

Persian Mauser

Pro-tip 2: Outside the United States, generally cops are people to avoid. So striking up a friendly a conversation with some 3rd world police officer about his service weapons puts you in the fast lane Trouble-ville. I’ll say it again, this isn’t a hobby for pussies.

These pics?

I have never been to Iran. Or what was back in the day was known as “Persia”. All my Iranian friends and acquaintances like to be referred to as “Persian” since the rise of the Ayatollah’s. Can’t really blame them. I’m sure walking around the US as a Ex-Pat Iranian in 1979 was a barrel of laughs. Not.

Intersting scope mount

Intersting scope mount

But one of my Persian friends sent me these pictures of what appears to be a early 20th Century Mauser converted to a civilian hunting application. He tells me they surfaced in a Farsi language website a few months back. And since they had local guns in them, he figured what the hell?

The Rifle

European produced Persian Mauser I Assume? Caliber? My friend didn’t find out. I would guess 7 or 8mm Mauser. But check out the scope. American made Leupold (cough…cough…sanctions…cough..cough).

Upclose of Persian Mauser. Notice the cut for easier loading?

Upclose of Persian Mauser. Notice the cut for easier loading?

And I’m kinda digging the synthetic stock wrapping / velcro camouflage thing! That’s really interesting.

And check out the scope mount. It doesn’t seem to be mounted on the bridge and the ring. But possibly down in the sides of the receiver? And look at the relief cut to facilitate magazine reloading.

I think it’s a neat gun. Not saying I have any desire to ever visit Iran. It’s gotta be down there with DPRK at the bottom of my bucket list. But this rifle certainly looks interesting to me. I wonder if the person pictured is a “gun guy” and we could actually “talk” for 5 minutes with trying to kill each other?

 

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Areas of focus: Defense and National Security, Modern Light Weapons, Analysis of the Geo-political / Military Relationship in the Context of Strategic Goals.
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  • Scott Mayer

    Interesting. And here’s a tip…don’t photograph a police officer or military personnel–especially in a third world country. This was explained to me by a PH in Zambia as they think you might be documenting them or their movements for an assassination attempt.

    • That is an interesting tip. A lot of Americans don’t really understand the perspectives of foreigners.

      Many times there universe is very different than ours. In unforseen ways.

      Marky

  • MickeyG

    Interesting scope mount !

    • Somebody told me it was made in Pennsylvania. Unless it’s a copy.

      Marky

  • B. Young

    Per your pro tip, pull what I call a “Sargent Shultz” -“I know Nothzzzzing!” Which is easy these days with smart phones with great cameras and whatever forwarding photo software you use…..

  • Daniel, God is my judge

    Ingenius mount set-up, I wonder how well it holds zero? I’d love to know what the writing on the left side of the receiver says.

    • I received a private email from someone who wished to remain anonymous. He said the mount was made in Pennsylvania.

      Marky

    • By the way, I believe that script is Persian. Not Arabic. It’s probably a well-known marking.

      Marky

    • Who wants me? I’m here
    • Brennen Munro

      My Farsi was never very good and has only gotten worse with age, but I do know a few native speakers and could ask them if you are still interested in knowing what it says!?
      Munro

      • That’s a cool offer. Here is my response. Hold off on that. Keep it in your pocket, and when WE get a Persian rifle, they can look at ours.

        Might only get one bite at the apple.

        Marky