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help ID'ing old Mauser/Golden State Arms .308 bolt

Discussion in 'Gadgets & Gear' started by fixer27, Jan 11, 2009.

  1. fixer27


    Nov 17, 2004
    A rifle purchased from a HS buddy who told me "It is a Enfield Mauser"...that is what was said.

    The disassembled bolt has been a riddle to put back together, the rifle is a .308 Golden State Arms Santa Fe Trailmaster..




    Okay, notice the bolt handle is turned down, and it has two locking lugs, and if the rifle is cocked with the bolt handle pulled back, if you flip the safety onto "safe" the bolt will disassemble itself, and for 6 years, no local gunsmith has been able to either A. ID the bolt or B. reassemble it again.

    A ID or gunsmith referral would be appreciated.
  2. proud2deviate


    Apr 5, 2004
  3. fixer27


    Nov 17, 2004
    Thanks my man, but I've googled every possible Mauser configuration, and spent time looking through the surplus rifle archives and places like GunBroker.com or AuctionArms.com and came up mostly dry.

    Golden State was incoherent when it came to parting together rifles, and this one has the 5 dr fixed mag, but not quite a mauser bolt..

    I've heard it said it could be a Gen 1 Mauser, as in 1888 or so, but the ones on Ebay don't look like this one.
  4. JB in SC

    JB in SC Gold Member Gold Member

    May 19, 2001
    Try this book it has all variations, maybe you can find one locally: A COLLECTOR'S GUIDE TO MILITARY RIFLE DISASSEMBLY AND REASSEMBLY by Stuart C. Mowbray & Joe Puleo. My copy is missing so I can't help you.

    You can try www.mausercentral.com there should be someone there that can help you out.

    I've seen a few of Golden State's 1944 "sporterized" Enfields over the years. They were also well known for faking Enfield No. 5 Jungle carbines parted with cut down barrels, etc.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2009
  5. Chuckwa


    Mar 21, 2016
    Did u get your bolt back together
  6. Austin needs help

    Austin needs help

    May 11, 2016
    did u figure out how bc i need help
  7. Psybull


    Dec 31, 2015
    The bolt handle most likely was heated and bent down[or cut and replaced with a welded bent handle] by Golden State Arms when being altered for scope mounting.
    Definitely a Mauser and not a commission model but newer 93,95 or 98.
    Is the safety a 3 position or has it been replaced with a 2 position Buehler style? Can't tell from the small pics.
    That the bolt pulls out like it does makes me wonder if it has a bolt stop issue. On the side of the receiver should be a bolt release, if it is there but broken that could explain what it is doing.

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