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Ethiopian Oddities: The Mo43 Mauser – Handmade or Factory?

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Today’s Ethiopian Oddity appears to be a factory-built Mauser short rifle, but embellished with a couple replacement parts (nosecap retainer, stock, bayonet lug) and some truly mysterious markings. The top of the receiver has been milled down flat, and hand-engraved with a quite odd crest, along with the markings “Mo43” and “GERMANY”. Several other parts are also hand-numbered “43”. The question is, why were these markings put on this rifle?

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