SERBIAN AND YUGOSLAV MAUSER RIFLES (2005) by Branko Bogdanovic - ISBN:1-882391-35-7 Canadian Collector Market Value Estimate: $ During the second world war, Germany had absorbed the Yugoslavian government's inventory of Mauser rifles into its military and had stripped the Military Technical Institute, Kragujevac (fore-runner to the Zastava factory complex) of most useable machines for use elsewhere in the Reich's armaments industry.
Many of the necessary machines to manufacture rifles were acquired abroad, most notably from stocks of captured German machines in the Soviet Union.
M48 production is broken down by year as follows: 1950: 52,002 1951: 92,037 1952: 94,476 The M48A which replaced the M48 was essentially the same basic rifle, but with production time saving changes involving the use of stamped sheet steel parts.
Most parts will be stamped with a "BK" surrounded by a circle.
This is an acceptance/inspection stamp meaning "Military Control" to ensure quality of manufacture.
M48B's differ only in the use of additional stamped parts, the most obvious part being the trigger guard.
The receiver side wall of the M48 series rifles will be stamped Preduzece 44 which is the marking used for the Preduzece Crvena Zastava (Red Flag Factory) and the cyrillic FNRJ which is an acronym for the Federal National Republic of Yugoslavia.
7.92 x 57mm (8mm Mauser) Rifling: .......................... 1 Turn in 240mm (9.4 in.) Barrel Length: ............... In the cases where older stocks with VZ24 type side-swivels were used, the side-mounted hardware was removed and the holes plugged with dowels. Despite the continued availability of refurbished German K98k and M24/47 rifles, the further need for arms continued.
The guns were converted using new and old parts and were stocked in new and used wood identical to pre-war Model 1924 rifle stocks.
The majority of M48 series rifles will be stocked in either beech or elm.
All models of M48 can sometimes be found completely lacking all markings aside from the serial numbers.
The issue bayonet was also marked Preduzece 44 and was carried in a blued steel scabbard with a leather frog.
Although the first batch of M48's was stocked in walnut (only a few thousand rifles), the expense of the wood blanks forced a change to more affordable species.
The K98k type of band and spring arrangement was used and no provision was made for a bolt-takedown mechanism in the stock.