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Posted: 4/5/2006 3:55:43 PM EDT
I picked up a blonde stock K31, 1947, that looks almost unissued. The stock has none of the beaver-chewed stock look; I'd say that just about all of the marks could be storage/handling/shipping marks. There is also no tag in the buttstock.

Could this be an unissued one, or something? Or did the previous owner(s) just take good care of it?
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 4:49:16 PM EDT
Unless the metal is absolutely pristine, then it has been issued. Does the buttplate have ANY damage?
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 4:54:10 PM EDT
Yeah, it has a little marking around the top and bottom edges. The finish on the top of the sight is a little worn off so I guess it's been issued... the guy just must have left it in his closet or something.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 4:58:22 PM EDT
I've got two walnut stocked examples that are in similar condition to what you describe.

Both came with buttstock tags from the federal arsenal in Zurich, which makes me wonder if they did much besides hang out in a rack and get pulled out and cleaned once a year.
Link Posted: 4/5/2006 5:00:24 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 4/5/2006 5:01:26 PM EDT by DDiggler]
What's this buttstock tag you speak of? The paper one that everyone else seemed to get?

The stock is by no means perfect, but even the 'unissued' yugo sks's have a few dents/scrapes from storage with the other guns.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 5:22:59 AM EDT
Swiss soldiers would often place thier name and other important information on a tag and place it under the plate on the butstock of the rifle. This is kinda neat becouse if you have one you can find out who the rifle's former owner was. Some people have even contacted the former owner of the rifle in swizerland and recieved corespondance back from them.
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 12:43:22 PM EDT
i had a tag in mine......they must have issued these rifles recently because the tag is made of some sort of plastic.......how do I look this guy up? i have googled every word on that tag and the best leads i can get are in sweedish and the page wont translate. is there a better way to track this guy down? I think that would be pretty cool if I could somehow send him a letter and thank him for taking such good care of it!
Link Posted: 4/6/2006 2:18:31 PM EDT
Check out swissrifles.com to break down what the tag says.

That site has pretty much everything you'll ever want to know about the K31 and every other Swiss rifle.
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