I just came into possession of a Mauser sporter that I am unable to identify. At first glance you might assume that it was just a sporterized vz-24, but several things indicate to me that this may not be the case, or that it was a factory sporter conversion. I don't have pictures right now, but I will post them when I can.
The action is a Brno vz-24 with the Guatemalan crest. It has a matching four digit serial number on the receiver and barrel. The left side of the receiver has the cut out for use with stripper clips. The safety is the military style "over the top" safety. It has a very nice sporter style turned down bolt handle. The barrel is marked 30-06 Caliber, Model S98. There are no other visible markings, but I have not taken it out of the stock yet.
The stock is a very nice piece of walnut with a Monte Carlo and dark forend tip which I have not yet identified (possibly ebony). I has a sporter style front sight with bead and a fold down rear sight right over the barrel markings. It also have Weaver bases on the receiver.
The overall fit and finish of the rifle leads me to believe that it is not your average sporterized military Mauser. In addition, in looking around on the internet I have found a few references to guns which seem to be identical to this one (same barrel markings, always with a Guatemalan crest). Nobody seems to know the story behind them, though. Any help positively identifying this would be appreciated.