8/25/21 - This is a beautiful Swedish Mauser Model 1896 rifle from 1899. The Model 1896 rifle in 6.5×55mm was adopted in 1896 for infantry use, replacing the Model 1867–1889 Remington rolling block rifle in 8×58mmR Danish Krag. Swedish production started in 1898 at Carl Gustafs, but additional rifles were produced by Mauser during 1899 and 1900 because of delays in shipping additional production machinery from Germany to Sweden. This one has matching numbers throughout and beautiful bluing. This includes the buttplate, receiver, barrel, bands, bolt, bolt release, trigger assembly, etc. Excellent, shiny bore. Cleaning rod is present but mismatched serial number. Import mark on underside of barrel. Made in 1899 so doesn't qualify as an antique.