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Swedish Husqvarna 1943 38-96 FSR Target Rifle 14/51

The Swedish National Shooters Association (Frivilligia skytterorelson, or "FSR") saw an increase to 300,000 members as fears of invasion mounted in early WWII. Fsr members also served as a reserve military force to be called up if an invasion occurred but the military lacked sufficient rifles to equip them. The Carl Gustaf factory was working to capacity filling orders for various weapons so the government turned to Husqvarna, who was already manufacturing the M/38 rifle. Husqvarna produced 20,000 M/96-type rifles with 29.1 inch barrels in 1943 and 1944, and they are called M/38-96 "FSR" rifle. A Lyman 57 SME micrometer receiver sight is in the rear while the front sight is an unmarked globe with aperture insert. This example is unusual in that the serial number is 14/51 which appears on the receiver, bolt components, bolt stop, both bands and the butt plate. It could be number 14 of 51 specials made for some elite sub group of the FSR or, who knows? It is in excellent condition retaining about 92% metal finish with almost all the loss on the bottom metal while the bore is lightly frosted with evenly scattered light pitting and good, strong rifling and the stock is completely sound with scattered handling marks. The butt plate has been hand stippled. An unusually numbered rifle made during the extraordinary circumstances Sweden faced during WWII. If you have questions please email us at This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of July 23rd. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 07-15-18A--18-29-03