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Old 11-14-2017, 10:58 AM
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Default 1891 Argentine Barrel Lengths

Hey everyone.

I have an old 1891 that I'm going to be giving to a relative who happens to be from Argentina. I'm not attached to the rifle, and it was free to me. It's been badly sporterized before I owned it but I want to check something to make sure it's absolutely not recoverable.

I've searched around online and when it comes to the 1891s, the barrel length is 29" for the infantry length, and 17" for the engineer's carbine. The barrel on mine is about 21"-22" (21 to the receiver and maybe another inch or so for the threads).

My suspicion is that the barrel has been cut down prior to my acquiring it but I just wanted to make sure before I gave it away. Was 21-22 inches a factory length for any Argentine Mauser variant?

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Old 11-14-2017, 12:00 PM
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Sounds like it's been cut down from the rifle length 29" barrel. I don't think 21-22" is a factory standard length.
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Old 11-14-2017, 4:06 PM
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Sounds like it's been cut down from the rifle length 29" barrel. I don't think 21-22" is a factory standard length.
Yeah, that's what I'm thinking too. Can't see any other lengths for the 1891s. Sad too; it's a straight shooter otherwise.

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You're suspicion is correct. There was no "short rifle" version of 1891 Argentine, just the long rifle and the carbine.

That being said, IIRC, the 1891, and also the 1889, has a steel jacketed barrel, which means cutting it down would probably make it look pretty... shall we say... distinct?

Any chance of you posting a picture of the barrel crown? Could be your Argentino was rebarreled at some point, although, that's pretty unlikely.
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The 1891 Argentine Mauser does not have a steel barrel jacket, but the 1889 and the 1888 Commission Rifle (not a Mauser) do have barrel jackets.
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^^^my mistake. You learn something everyday. Thanks for the correction.
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