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Bizarre firearms modification

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I was trying to think of something to post about and remembered reading an article printed in the Mannlicher Collectors Society Newsletter from some years ago. There were even several photographs.

The subject of the article was a Mauser 98 rifle converted to lever action. The rifle had an honest to goodness aluminum lever affixed underneath and pivoting in front of the trigger guard. When you moved the lever forward, a gear arrangement on top raised the bolt handle and moved it rearward. Returning the lever to rest position moved the bolt forward and locked it down. Then it could be fired normally.

A rube goldberg arrangement so diabolically clever that not even Melvin could think of it. Whats amazing is that it worked.

Just wanted to throw this into the mix and see if anyone else has run into wierdo firearms mods.

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Is there a picture of that lever-Mauser? I would love to see it. The strangest one I have ever had the opportunity to fire was a Australian or maybe New Zealand, SMLE rifle converted to a light machine gun. This was many, many moons ago, and to the best of my recollection, it fired the standard .303 round from a 30? round Bren Gun magazine. It kicked like holy h**l, and the shots were all over the landscape. It was made early in WWII. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
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