The retail prices for the M95s are starting a steep climb and I do not see an end to it. The availability of re-loadable brass and bullets are a part of this I am sure. With this upswing in their cost to purchase I will attempt to show you what I have learned, and with this information shown, as you look to make a purchase you will know what to look for to get the best for your money. I will do my best to show what is most desirable to have and least desirable as to collecting value. Of course they are great in their own right, but we want them to appreciate in value unless all we want is a shooter or truck gun. This will take some time and of course will only be my opinion and worth what you have paid for it. I will cover this in three different categories or variants and this will lead to some duplication so bear with me. This will be added to over a period of a few days, so don't consider it complete until I have posted it as complete. The Budapest and Dutch will be shown included in their own forum.

The Steyr M1895 rifle, was developed by famous Austrian arms designer Ferdinand Ritter Von Mannlicher. Based on his previous M1890 design, this rifle was manufactured in Austro-Hungarian Empire at state arms factories in Steyr (Austria) and Budapest (Hungary). More than 3 million of the M95 rifles were produced between 1895 and 1920. The rifles were issued to Austro-Hungarian army, and, after the fall of the Empire, to the Austrian and Hungarian armies. Originally produced in 8x50R caliber, in 1924 some of M95 rifles were converted to the German 7.92x57 Mauser (also known as 8x57 Mauser) caliber ammunition. These converted rifles featured shorter barrels, were designated as M95/24 and used in Yugoslavia and Bulgaria. This conversion did away with original Mannlicher en bloc clip, and replaced it with Mauser stripper clips. Since 1930 Austria converted most of the M95 rifles to the more powerful 8x56R M30 ammunition, using the same Mannlicher en bloc clips. These rifles were designated as M95/30, and marked with the letter "S" on the receiver ring. Hungary started to convert their rifles to the same 8x56R ammunition in 1931, with the upgraded rifles being marked with the letter "H" on the receiver ring. Many of the M95 rifles were used during the Word War 2 by the Hungarian, Bulgarian and Italian armies, as well as by some German police forces.



[font color=fuchsia size=4]Take what you want from here or discard as you wish.[/font]
This will be listed as follows:

1] BRNO - A seldom seen variant and should be purchased without hesitation if found. Don't take out a loan! This rifle if found will have a prominent BRNO stamp on the receiver.

2] M95M - The M95M is a conversion rifle that was rebarreled with a 8mm round. and the magazine was also converted to accept the new caliber:8x57 Rimless Cartridge with the mag.closed off thus it retains the clip within the magazine. This rifle is seldom offered for sale with the extractor intact as they were prone to breakage and almost never seen for sale. It is rumored that the extractors may be made on a limited basis, but time will tell if this comes to pass. This rifle if found will have M95M stamped on the receiver.
Update: a limited number of extractors have been successfully made, and work very well with these rifles. We have a member here at Yesterdays that has the tools, and the ability to make them.

3] Steyr - The most common of the M95s would be the Steyr, however they are indeed collectible. When you are looking for one of these, The long rifle in 8x50r will be the most sought after rifle. Following the long rifle in 8x50r will be the 8x56r long rifle. These are a bit more common tho not very plentiful, and look for the front sight to be of the mounted[not banded] to the barrel. The Stutzen is next and can still be found in 8x50r tho they are rather scarce. The original configuration of the stutzen had both side and under barrel sling mounts, but the under barrel mounts were removed during re-arsenaling as were the lower butt stock sling mounts. The Stutzen has the barrel bands 5" apart while the carbine has them 7" apart. Again look for these to have mounted rather than the banded front sight. Now for the carbine it should also have the mounted rather than the banded front sight. The banded front sight on the long rifle is indicative of a barrel replacement, and on the stutzen banded front sight may mean that barrel was either replaced or it may be a cut down long rifle.
When you are evaluating one of these look for a small crest stamp just under the witness mark on the receiver. [font color=fuchsia]Another important item here is the serial #s, does the fonts make an exact match both receiver and barrel? If these are not a match this rifle has been rebarreled.[/font] Look on the receiver for possession stamps. You may find these rifles with Czech or German possession stamps. I would never pay a premium for these, but they are important in the scheme of collecting, just don't add to the cost by buying more than the basic rifle, because some of them are faked, however some are the real deal. Look on the butt plate for division and rack #s.
The wood can make a great difference in the value of the rifle. The stock, 'if' original to the stock will have the same serial # plus the suffix letter as well stamped on the butt. A rifle with original stock is very hard to come by. The handguard will also carry the last 2 digits of the serial# on the left top side by the rear sight. The stock is also the bearer of possession marks or service. The fore end of a cut-down stock will have a 1/8 inch dowel plug through it where the barrel band pin used to be.
Long rifle stocks that were cut down will have an arsenal plug in the forestock 6" above the rear barrel band to fill the void left from the original barrel band pin.
The stutzen stocks that were cut-down will have the arsenal plug 2" above the rear barrel band.
The 'plug' refered to here is a 3/16" dowel and has nothing to do with any re-arsenalling done to the butt stock.
If this arsenal plug(3/16" dowel) is not present your stock has not been cut down.
Long rifle stocks were often used to make M95M stocks, stutzen stocks, and carbine stocks.
Stutzen stocks were often used to make carbine stocks.
Stutzen Stocks
If you would like to know if you have a stutzen stocked rifle all you need do is measure the distance between the barrel bands.
If you have a 7" measurement then you have a carbine configuration, if you have a 5" measurement then you have stutzen configuration.
Stutzen stocks that I have info on are:
1) Serial#3485N
2) Serial#1725B
3) Serial#3079Z
4) Serial#7737H
5) Serial#710Z.
6) Serial#4220N

You may also encounter one of these rifles with: STEYR 1903 or up to 1914 stamped on the left side rail of the receiver. Any rifle so marked is a Bulgarian Contract rifle and is a very desirable addition to your collection. Now as for the dated rifles. Look for the date on top of the barrel chamber,(example: W-eagle-20), and this is reliable to date the rifle up to 1920. Those that have a date later than 1920 are re-arsenal dates and will only give the date of the re-arsenaling date. You may find one of these with the build date and the re-arsenaling date present. Also look on the right side of the receiver for [3] inverted 'V's, these are very uncommon and indicate Greecian contract rifles. According to Hoffman & Schott this is the 3 Greek letters, Lambda-Lambda-Lambda, symbolize the traditional Greek warcry of:"Laos-Likourgos-Lefteria" (The People-the King-Freedom) This slogan can be traced back to ancient Sparta.
Note: [font size=3]The imported M95s are said to have come into the states from Bulgaria.[/font]


To be continued.


Steyr
Serial# Caliber Stut Carb lng rfle Impt mrk Brg bck Accp date
7 ------ 8x56R -- x ----------------yes --- no -----36/96
13 ----- 8x56R -- x --------------- yes --- no ------ no-
34 ----- 8x56R -- x --------------- yes --- no ----- 1912
362 ---- 8x56R -- x --------------- yes --- no ------ no-
442 ---- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ------ no-
487 ---- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ------ no-
710Z.-- 8x56R--- x --------------- yes --- no ----- 1920
1122 --- 8x56R -- x ---------------- ? ----- ? ------- ? -
1173 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ------- ? -
1638 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ----- 1917
1817 --- 8x56R -- x --------------- yes --- no ------ no-
1933 --- 8x56R -- x --------------- yes --- no ----- 1917
2808 --- 8x56R ------ x ------------ ? ----- ? ------- ? -
3004 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ----- 1919
3180 --- 8x50r ------ x ------------ no --- no ------ no-
3220 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- no ----- ? ----- 1916
3587 --- 8x56R -- x --------------- yes --- no ------ no-
4744 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- ? ------ ? -------- ?-
4829 --- 8x56R -- x --------------- ? ------ ? ------ 1934
5505 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- no ---- no ----- 1903
5609 --- 8x56R -- x --------------- ? ------ ? ------ 1917
5669 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ------ no-
5792 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ------ no-
5830 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ------ no-
7436 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ------ no-
7911 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ------ no-
8011 --- 8x56R -- x --------------- yes --- no ------ no-
8143 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ------ no-
9573 --- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ------ no-
11968 -- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ------ no-
11976 -- 8x56R -- x --------------- yes --- no ------ ? -
13618 -- 8x56R -- ? -- ? -- ? ------- ? ----- ? ------- ? -
81390 -- 8x50r ------------ x ------ no ---- ? ------ 1917
87510 -- 8x56R ------ x ----------- yes --- no ----- 34/18
600A --- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ------ no-
955A --- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ------ no-
994A --- 8x56R ------ x------------- yes --- no ------ no-
1587A -- 8x50r ------ x ------------- no ---- no ---- 1915
3145A -- 8x56R -- x ---------------- yes --- no ----- 1916
4171A -- 8x56R ----------- x -------- ? ----- no ------ ? -
4326A -- 8x56R ----------- x -------- ? ------? ------- ? -
5429A -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ------ no-
6764A -- 8x56R -- x ---------------- yes --- no ---- 1915
7655A -- 8x56R -- x ---------------- yes --- no ---- 1915
357B --- 8x56R ----------- x -------- no ----- ? ---- 1916
4577B -- 8x56R -- ? -- ? -- ? -------- ? ------ ? ---- 1935
1232B -- 8x56R -- x ---------------- yes --- no ---- 1918
1769B -- 8x56R -- x ---------------- yes --- no ---- 1915
5408B -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- ? ------ ? ---- 1918
1586B -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ------ no-
2509B -- 8x50r ----------- x -------- no --- yes ------ ? -
7289B -- 8x50r -- x ----------------- no --- yes ------ ? -
7802B -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ----- 1917
220C --- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ----- 1937
667C --- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ----- 1909
4409C -- 8x50r ------------ x ------- no ----- ? -----1916
5958C -- 8x56R -- x ---------------- yes --- no ----- 1934
7960C -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- no --- no ------ no-
9010C -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ----- 1915
4468D -- 8x56R ----------- x ------- yes --- no ------ no-
9860D -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ------- ?
17103/D 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
1726E -- 8x56R -- x ---------------- yes --- no ----- 1917
5543E -- 8x56R -- x ---------------- yes --- no ------ no-
5792E -- 8X56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ----- 1917
466F --- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ----- 1918
5106F -- 8x56R ----------- x -------- no --- no ----- 1916
5311F -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ----- 1934
6935F -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ------ no-
8181F -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- no --- no ------ no-
356G --- 8x56R ------ x ------------- no --- no ------ no-
3183G -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ------ no-
5947G -- 8x50r -- x ----------------- ? ----- no ------ no-
G7972 -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ------ no-
9378G -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ----- 1917
9571G -- 8x56R -- x ---------------- no ---- yes --- 1918
2073H -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ no ---- no ------ no-
4265H -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ----- 19/8
4689H -- 8x56R ------------ x ------ no ---- no ----- 1917
7152H -- 8x56R -- x ---------------- no ---- no ------ no-
7360H -- 8x56R ------------ x ------ no ----- ? ------ 1917
7958H -- 8x56R ------------ x ------ no ---- no ------ ?
8070H -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ------ no-
9752H -- 8x56R ------ x ------------ yes --- no ----- 1908
541I --- 8x56R ------ x -------------- ? ----- ? ------- ? -
1483I -- 8x56R -- x ----------------- yes --- no ----- 1917
4591I -- 8x50r ------------- x ------- ? ----- ? ------ 1919
708J --- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ----- 1915
5573J -- 8x56R --x ----------------- yes --- no ----- 1917
8885J -- 8x56R ------ x -------------- ? ----- ? ------- ? -
9391J -- 8x56R -- x ------------------ ? ---- no ----- 1917
661K --- 8x50r -- x ------------------ ? ------ ? ----- 1898
1231K -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- no ----- ? ----- 1916
1841K -- 8x50r ------------ x -------- ? ----- ? ------ 1898
5171K -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
7778K -- 8x56R ------------ x ------- no ---- ? ------ 1916
9696L -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ----- 1917
2780M -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
4221M -- 8x56R -- x ----------------- yes --- no ----- 1918
5189M -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ---- 18/29
8509M -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
8736M -- 8x56R -- x ----------------- yes --- no ------1917
8920M -- 8x56R -- x ----------------- yes --- no ----- 18/33
9038M -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
9139M -- 8x56R -- x ----------------- yes --- no ----- 1934
3448N -- 8x56R -- x ----------------- yes --- no ----- 1908
3485N -- 8x56R -- x ----------------- yes --- no ----- 1934
4199N -- 8x50r ------ x -------------- no ---- no ----- 1918
4220N -- 8x56R -- x ----------------- yes --- no ----- ?
7613N -- 8x56R ------ x -------------- no ---- no ----- 1915
8631N -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
8728N -- 8x50r ------------ x -------- no ---- no ----- 1910
9693N -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
7134O -- 8x50r ------------ x -------- no ---- no ----- 1917
4413P -- 8x56R ------ x -------------- ? ----- no ----- 1917
5903P -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
6200P -- 410 ga - x ------------------ no --- no ------- ? -
5244Q -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
1328R -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
1481R -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
2124R -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ 1934
4972R -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
5880R -- 8x56R -- x ----------------- yes --- no ----- 1933
8329R -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
4615S -- 8x56R ------------ x ------- yes --- no ------ no-
5989T -- 8x50r ------------ x -------- no ---- no ----- 1917
6599T -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
745U --- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
3745U -- 8x50r -- x ------------------ no ---- no ------ ? -
7608U -- 8x56R ------------ x -------- no ---- ? ------ 1917
8693U -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
1638V -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ 1917
2439V -- 8x56R ------ x -------------- ? ----- ? ------ 1917
3268V -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
622W --- 8x56R ------------ x ------- no ---- ? ------- ? -
2187W -- 8x56R ------------ x ------- no ---- ? ------ 1917
2643W -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
7525W -- 8x56R ------------ x ------- no ---- no ----- 1915
9541W -- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
891X ---- 8x50r ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
1796X --- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
6054X --- 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
6564X --- 8x56R -- x ----------------- yes --- no ----- 1919
42110X - 8x56R ------ x -------------- yes --- no ----- 1904
8Y ------ 8x56R ------ x ------------- yes --- no ------ no-
876Y --- 8x56R ------ x -------------- yes --- no ------ no-
5275Y -- 8x56R --------------- x ----- no ---- ? ------- ? -
8090Y -- 8x50r --------------- x ----- no ---- ? ------- no-
8452Y -- 8x65R -- x ------------------ yes --- no ------ ? -
8626Y -- 8x56R -- x ------------------ yes --- no ----- 1920
1530Z -- 8x56R ------ x -------------- yes --- no ----- 1920
3079Z -- 8X56R -- x ------------------ yes --- no ----- 1920
4608Z -- 8x56R ------ x -------------- yes --- no ------ no-



Same rifle with circled 'T' (improved steel).
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Czech possession stamp
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Serbian possesion stamp
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Austrian crest with build date and re-arsenal date over it('18/'33)
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notice the fonts do NOT match, yet the numbers do match. Receiver believed to be serial numbered to match barrel when converted to 8x56r, because the barrel is not a replacement barrel as it is yet with old type (dove-tailed) front sight, therefore would not have been removed from it's receiver, and has double date stamps.
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M1Garand issued April, 1956, new in wrapper to B.G. Yockey, at Camp Pendleton, California. serial #2774590. Have you seen it?