By Randy Rick

The Serbian M95M (8mm Mauser Caliber) Stutzen

The Serbian M95M has a roller coaster rear sight, and an larger front sight base than the standard M95 Austrian guns. The Serbs reworked most of their Mausers and Austrian M95's in about 1924 or shortly thereafter. This sight arrangement appears identical to the Serbian M24 Mauser as is the barrel length shortened from that of the Austrian (STEYR) and Hungarian (Budapest) M95 rifles which were converted. The origonal M95 cartridge, the 8x50mmRimmed is .323in as is the 8x57mmJS Mauser cartridge which this gun is chambered for. Of course the magazine has been altered with a non-removeable clip to hold the 8mm Mauser cartridge and with a stripper clip guide. The extractor is also modified.

For the most part, the origonal Austrian proofs have been removed and the guns re-serialized, making determining the origonal date of manufacture impossible.

The guns were modified in Serbian arsenals from Austrian M95's captured at the end of WWI or accumulated as war reparations.

Bulgarian M95 rifles were also converted but will have a crest with a lion on the receiver and either Steyr or Budapest on the receiver side rail. The Bulgarian M95's were captured during the second Balkan War of June 1913.

I would recommend that if you are considering firing one of these, that it be inspected by a gunsmith first. The Serbs used a mild cartridge loading for these M95M's.

View of closed magazine well

Web Link to a good short history of Yugoslavia and its arms: Serb Weapons