Mauser Model 1935 Brazilian Contract 

This is a very interesting and rare Mauser Oberndorf Brazilian contract rifle belonging to the 7,000 long rifles that were made for the Brazil Export Contract between 1935-37.

The first production batch, consisting of 3,000 long rifles and 1,000 carbines, was completed and delivered during September 1935, while a second batch of 4,000 long rifles was delivered to Brazil form March 1936 to May 1937.

As the time frames stipulated by the contracts with Brazil were pretty narrow and Germany was already on a wartime footing, the Mauser authorities decided to produce, test, pack and ship those rifles as fast was possible, collecting and reworking  “Imperial German” Gewehr98 from 1918, in any condition and in very small numbers survived to the destruction that come between 1918-1924 or to the export to Turkey and other countries.

When these Brazilian M1935 rifles were surplussed in the 1970s, some where sold to Canada, while 5,000 long rifles and carbine were bought in 1976 by the German Frankonia Waffen of Würzburg who imported them to Germany. A part of this batch arrived in the original, unopened and sealed, zinc crates, never issued or only issued for parades before, and another batch of rifles arrived in open metal boxes, mostly lacking accessoires at all or no longer with matching numbers.

Frankonia decided to deactivate many of  these Mausers to sold them to customers for decorative uses, while other rifles were intended for collectors or hunters demand.

With this premise, let's talk about our rifle and its interesting and singular features, and of the reasons that make it really interesting to the surplus weapon enthusiasts, especially if dedicated to sport shooting competitions.

- rifle presents the "crown/letter" German proofs and the one-line producer name and address Mauser-Werke A.G. Oberndorf A/N on the left side wall.

Like its predecessor Model 1908, this Model 1935 Brazil contract rifle is a full-length Gewehr ’98 type, chambered for the 7mm Mauser cartridge. But while in the 1935s were installed a tangent rear sight, this Mauser kept its original old "Lange" rear sight, graduated from 400 to 2,000 meters, with the distance numbers repeated on both sides to allow the soldier to adjust the aim keeping his head down behind the rifle, and keeping the rifle and his field of vision pointed toward the enemy.

Obviously the original wooden forend was kept; it has the same serial number of the Lang rear sight, and the front sight blade is high enough to permit a correct aim in less then 400 meters range.

The main features of the rifle are:

- the Brazilian Crest on top of the receiver ring and the Mod.1935 mark on its right side were smoothed so that the surface was polished and blued;

- the Mauser banner is rollmarked onto the rear action bridge and the receiver is richly blued, so as the bolt body and bolt shroud;

- the bolt was probably completed of the broken or missing parts during the refurbishment operated by Frankonia; it is marked with a T inside a circle on the handle knob, and contains parts coming from different origins and serial numbers (the safe leve, the bolt sleeve, the firing pin). All in optimal condition; 

- the rifle stock is made with a high quality European walnut, with long grasping grooves milled into both side of the forend, and is equipped with a smooth pistol grip, and it ends with a flat metal buttplate. The wood is not scratched or bruised;

- serial numbers match on the receiver, barrel, bolt stop lever, floorplate, trigger and trigger guard. The rear sight and the forend have the same original serial number of the old Gewehr 98.

The barrel is 29 1/2 inch (750 mm) round, with a very good rifling, great for use in shooting competitions.

The serial number belongs to the production batch tested on April 1937.

The acceptance marks have the commercial / export contract crowns over the letters B (Beschuss = proof load fired), U (Untersuchung = inspected/viewed for defects, proof approved), G (Geschoss = for solid bullet, on rifled barrels) and N (for 'semi-smokless' proof).

The cleaning rod is correctly 39 cm long (oal is 40) and not blued.

All original metal surfaces are smooth with all edges sharp; clear lettering, numerals and Mauser banner on metal.

Historical references


The serial number belongs to the production batch tested on April 1937


It's not usual to see an original Lange Vizier on a 29 1/2 inch long barrel.

Data sheet


7 x 57mm

Total lenght:

1250 mm (49.21”)

Barrel lenght:

750mm (29,52”)

Magazine capacity:

5 rounds

Condition of the product


Collectible - Very Good

Product authenticity


Rifle with a long and rich history behind it. Born as Gewehr 98, it was transformed into a 1935 model to be sold to Brazil, the country from which it returned to Germany in the 70s, and where it was refurbished and prepared to be used as a sporting or hunting rifle.


Terms of gun sale by correspondence:

Pursuant to art. 17 of the L. n. 110/1975 the order by correspondence or by distance contract of weapons is allowed to the residents in the Italian State only if the purchaser provides for the withdrawal of the firearm at a license holder for the trade in guns (armory).

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Brazilian M1935 Mauser

  • Brands Mauser
  • Product Code: 4878
  • Availability: Out Of Stock
  • 890.00€

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