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Monday, January 11, 2016

AIM Surplus has some Yugoslavian Model 1948 rifles in, different variants and grades.


Link to AIM SURPLUS


I just got an email , one of the general issue that AIM sends out when they get something special in.

They have some really nice Yugoslavian Model 1948 Mausers.  The guns come in all three of the main variants, and in three grades.  The best grade looks to be unissued condition, runs $400.00 plus shipping , etc.





These are the Yugoslavian produced copies of the Mauser K98.  They have teak stocks (at least, mine do) , and are close though not exact copies of the K98.

Usually, when AIM sends out something like this, especially good ammo deals, I rush right to the computer but they are all sold out by the time I try to order. And I get on my computer at all hours of the day and night, so I should be getting the word in pretty short order.

I like the guys at AIM, they have always treated me right and they're friendly. I wonder if they are tipping off  their cronies before passing the word to the general public. I may be just suspicious by nature, but that's what I'd do if I worked there.


 The Yugoslavians produced all sorts of Mausers after the First World War. They had their own factory, and although they primarily copied Fabrique National designs, later on they used German models. They also produced a huge number of Mausers after WWI with parts they got from the Germans as war reparations.

The most sought after variant is the Mauser 1948, which is what AIM has somehow gotten hold of. Ten years ago a bunch came in and I bought  two really nice examples. All milled parts, etc. Be careful what variant you buy, as they have differences.

These are chambered in 8mm Mauser, and they are sweet shooters. 

Just didn't want anybody to miss out. I buy from AIM but don't get me wrong, I don't' have any financial relationship with them. 

14 comments:

  1. Within one minute of getting the email on a good ammo deal, they are already sold out. Happens time and time again. I sent them a scathing email about it. I will not deal with people like that, no matter how friendly they are. As far as I am concerned, they use these 'deals' as ploys to get us to their website. Nope...I get mine from Ammoman now...free shipping and FedEx to my door within a few days. I won't play silly little games with merchants.

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    1. I'm pretty flexible about that kind of thing. Political issues will make me mad enough to stop doing business with somebody, but I figure all the back door machinations in the gun and ammo business are just how it works. Besides, they get some stuff nobody else gets. They have a deal with Privi Partisan and sometimes Privi will produce a special run of 30-06 specifically loaded for the M-1 Garand. You know how hard it is to get ammo for the M1, if you just stuff any old 30-06 into a clip and fire it you can bust the operating rod in the rifle. Besides, the Privi comes in a nice ammo can .

      I'm sure not saying you are wrong not to buy from them, or even that you are wrong about the offers, it's a personal decision. God knows I have stopped dealing with businesses I got good deals from like Amazon and Walmart, over the Confederate flag nonsense.

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  2. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)

    One the beach last night it was windy and cold. Real dark with no moon.
    The post before the last one I started off my comment calling you 'wirecutter' (another blogger who's blog I hit) I want to apologize for that. Long day and lack of sleep equals judgement error. No alcohol involved. If I drink any beer its back at the house. I don't drink unless I have a ride or I stay at that spot for the night. Drunks leave the beach every night and that's fertile hunting ground for the cops.

    Those Mouser knockoff's are nice.

    Don't know if I will get one ever. I got enough on my plate as it is and I need to allocate my extra money elsewhere.



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    1. All of a sudden you seem to be pretty involved down there. You haven't been hiding out El Chapo Guzman have you?

      I noticed the wire cutter thing, didn't pay it any mind. I get confused once in awhile myself.

      Seriously, I hope all is well down there. Don't run yourself right into the ground.

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  3. Cool Mausers. I never did buy one of those and sometimes feel a little deprived because of that. Something to think about - 'burfday' is coming up.

    I like AIM too, been a while since I've done business with them. Swiss K31s if I remember correctly, those are nice too! Ammunition is a bit spotty though, pity.

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    1. They are really nice guns. And it's getting pretty hard to find Mausers of any kind on offer from the big surplus companies anymore. Surplus rifles have pretty much dried up.

      I bought a case of ammo from AIM once, in the spam cans, in the wooden case. I bought it for long term storage. When it came one of the boards in the case was splintered, where UPS had dropped it. I called AIM and they sent me two pristine ammo cases, for free, no shipping or anything. Also, I have bought some really nice guns from them in the past and unlike some others, when they say what grade a gun is, that's what it is.

      I got two of the Swiss K31 rifles when they first showed up over here. One from AIM, one from Southern Ohio Guns. They are really nice.

      I used to belong to a shooting club, and there was this old guy who had been a German paratrooper in WW2. He immigrated to Canada in 1947, then wound up down here. I had my K31 out at the range, blasting away at a target on the 200 yard line. He asked if he could try it, and the old guy just skipped the target. He was shooting at flint rocks on the berm. He was hitting them, too. I was impressed.

      He died a few years ago. Had no kin here, so the gun club auctioned off all his shooting gear and weapons, and sent the money to his brother in Germany. He was a good guy. Every time I shoot the K31, or get it out to clean it, I think about him.

      Privi makes 7.5 Swiss, 20 rounds of good quality, reloadable ammo for about $13.00 a box plus S&H. Also, there's some of that Berdan primed Swiss produced ammo in the little wax paper packages that comes in a brick of about 60 rounds. It shows up ever so often. I reload my own for the most part. Graf had a special run of 7.5 Swiss brass done in Europe somewhere years ago, and I bought a ton of it. Since I load on the lower end of the chart, I get a lot of loads out of each of my cartridges.

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    2. Thank you for the heads up on the 7.5 sources, I will look them up and see if I can find some for sale. Fine rifles those K31s.

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    3. They really are. I can tell you AIM is out of Privi Partisan 7.5 Swiss right now, but you can punch a button on their web site and they will email you when it comes in.

      J&G Sales had some last time I checked, you might try them.

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  4. I have had a Turkish 8mm since I was 18.Great shooting rifle but the cost of rounds is unbelievably expensive.

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    1. I stocked up on the Turkish 8mm Mauser ammo when it came in the country in the big wooden crates , in the wooden case, in the spam can, in bandoleers, in stripper clips! It doesn't get any better than that. The Turkish ammo is loaded hot and kicks hard, but that's ok.

      The original reason I started reloading was so I could shoot guns you couldn't buy any commercial ammo for, and there was no surplus around, like 8X56R. Now all those chamberings are available from Graf or Prvi or Hornday, etc. But I still reload because it's a hell of a lot cheaper than buying commercial ammo.

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  5. P.S. I gave 59.95 for mine at Woolco in 80 or 81 .:)

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    1. I think I paid about $150.00 each for my two. It's scary how prices have gone up. Especially on things like Mosin Nagants. I used to get them in factory refinished condition, with all the accouterments for $64.00. Now, it's off the scale.

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  6. I love my M48 Mauser. And AIM has always done me right.

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    1. Good guns and I never had any trouble with them. The people that work there have always been accommodating, and they ship what they say they will, when they say they will. It's true though that I think they are letting their compadres in on the good stuff before the rest of the herd , but then, I know I'd do that too if I worked there so I just grin and bear it.

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