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gk1
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London Guns Mauser?

Hi,
I'm thinking of buying a rifle that is adverstised as a "London Guns"
FN Mauser. The rifle is stocked in a full length walnut stock (but has a schaebel part on it) and is distincly European in look and configuration. Scope is a Hertzel and Ruess in QD mounts and calibre is 9.3x62mm.

I am trying to find out a bit more about the manufacturer (or should I say customiser) of this rifle.

By the name you would think that it's a UK company, but the internet finds a London Guns Company in Santa Babara, CA.

Can anyone verify this and tell me anything about this company and the quality of the guns they have made?

Thanks

George

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London Guns Mauser?

Seems like you are on the right track. Good luck on your search. This link may be helpful to you:

http://www.londonguns.com/

gk1
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London Guns Mauser?

I did come across that page, however its quite old and it doesn't go anywhere.

Does anyone (local) know if they are still around. I emailed them last week and have not recieved a reply.
George

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London Guns Mauser?

I'm unfamiliar with these guns but I'm familiar with the FN mauser actions. After wwII they made a good deal of actions and sold them commercially. I believe weatherby used some of these actions to make some of his early guns, although older weatherbys used war production mauser actions. Sears and Roebuck, along with a lot of other catalogs and department stores used to sell FN Herstal action based guns.

Based on what you have written, I'm guessing that London Guns was a custom gun maker that imported some of these FN actions then made the guns to someones spec. No different than having a custom gun made on a Remington 700 action today.

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London Guns Mauser?

Thanks Bitmasher,
I had just assumed that an FN Mauser action was a post WW2 ex-mil mauser.
I had totally forgot that FN also made commercially available hunting rifles.
I'm starting to like this thing more and more.
George

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I am very familiar with London Guns. Their shop was in Santa Monica. The owner retired in about '86 or so. I remember when he retired. He moved out to Santa Barbara and I guess he's still doing something out there but I doubt it's much of anything.

It was a great shop in it's time. They sold only high end guns with a lean toward African Rifles. In fact, I remember, back in those days, before the resurgence in classic African Rifles Cartridges, you had to buy some cases one at a time and they were lathe turned. Cost about $125.00 each in 1980's dollars.

Anyway, they had a very good gunsmith as well as an engraver. I purchased several guns from them including my first Steyr SSG. I had several guns worked on and a couple of very serious engraving jobs. They did great.

I'd look over the gun carefully just like any gun but I sure wouldn't be scared of an FN Mauser from London Guns. They were great people.

Hope this helps.
Cheers.

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