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I bought this at an auction, it’s a rifle with the name “Luger” on it, I am told it looks like a Mauser rifle but I don’t think these are Mauser proofmarks.

Any help will be appreciated








Again any help will be greatly appreciated


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I know that Stoeger owned the Luger name/trademark in the US for many, many years. I've never heard of a Luger rifle but it's not inconceivable that Stoeger could have marketed a line of rifles so branded in the '50s-'60s.
 

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I know the “eagle with an “N” underneath it” is a definitive German proof mark

And I know the “3 crowns” is usually associated with Cologne (Germany)

But I am not sure what “AC” or “KETT” means?


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From what I can find on google; ac - WW-II German ordnance code assigned to Carl Walther, Zella-Mehlis, Germany.


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“KETT” comes up as “Kettner Eduard” who made guns somewhere between 1900s and 1930s…..so that’s likely the manufacturer


Here’s an archive photo of their catalog I found on google, the rifle here also has the same / similar looking dual trigger system



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Still not sure where the “Luger” name fits in?

There’s really not much info out there on “Kettner Eduard” either


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I take it it's 8MM? and which one?Interesting rifle from the looks of it and I bet that girl is a tack driver!;)
 

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I take it it's 8MM? and which one?Interesting rifle from the looks of it and I bet that girl is a tack driver!;)
It’s in 30-06….and yes it actually shoots quite nice.

I think it’s a pretty good looking rifle too








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When I first bought the rifle, it came with this huge and ridiculous scope….







Not only did it look completely out of place, and is sitting way too high….and was only a 12x power (which isn’t impressive for a scope this large), but my main problem with this over sized scope is the field of view.


It’s hard to take pictures of; but looking through it almost makes me feel like I am having tunnel vision or something:


Just for comparison; this is the Fontaine 3-9x40 scope I put on it instead.




As you can (hopefully) clearly see the Fontaine scope’s field of view is way better and the scope looks way more at home on such a rifle too.

Here are just some pictures from google of similar full stock rifles and how their scope sits:






And here is mine:

Before:


After:







So not only is the Fontaine scope a way better scope but also looks right at home on the rifle.


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If you're an NRA member, (and you better be) you can send a SASE to the American Rifleman magazine to the "Dope Bag".
The NRA Tech staff will attempt to answer ONE question per letter and send you a response of what they can find out.
This is for NRA members ONLY.

They have enormous resource libraries and people who are very knowledgeable.
Include a few pictures and the visible markings.

Just from looking at the photos, I'm going with this being a post-war rifle built on a commercial action.
The action may not be German, possibly a Belgian, Eastern Europe, or Spanish Mauser commercial, and built into a fine sporter in Germany.
The 30-06 caliber would indicate an import into the USA, or sales to American GI's stationed in Germany and sold thorough a PX.
 

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If you're an NRA member, (and you better be) you can send a SASE to the American Rifleman magazine to the "Dope Bag".
The NRA Tech staff will attempt to answer ONE question per letter and send you a response of what they can find out.
This is for NRA members ONLY.

They have enormous resource libraries and people who are very knowledgeable.
Include a few pictures and the visible markings.

Just from looking at the photos, I'm going with this being a post-war rifle built on a commercial action.
The action may not be German, possibly a Belgian, Eastern Europe, or Spanish Mauser commercial, and built into a fine sporter in Germany.
The 30-06 caliber would indicate an import into the USA, or sales to American GI's stationed in Germany and sold thorough a PX.
Sadly I am not lucky enough to live in America.

I live in Denmark, Europe

(And no we are not commies )


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Decided to add a few accessories today.

I firstly wanted to get rid of the surprisingly uncomfortable buttpad, and since I couldn’t find one that said “Luger” on it; I decided to just go with a recoil buffer style one.

(Yes, I did wipe off the excess glue and yes it is secured with the original screws and using the original holes too).



I have been wanting a cheek rest for it too, and I don’t like those “tactical” ones every gun store seem stock.

Then found a guy on eBay of all places who makes makes these leather ones.

They are made of full grain leather as well.

I ordered a cheek rest with cartridges holders and a matching leather sling.





(Don’t worry those are spend cartridges, just put them in for photos)

For the keen eyed; yes those are cable ties securing the cheek rest tightly…..and there’s a very good reason for that….with all natural leather products; they will form themselves after what they are applied to over time and the cable ties will ensure a tight fit.



I am very pleased with the way it is now; and the guy on eBay did a fantastic job with the leather accessories!


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