When I got this rifle, it was covered in black soot, almost like it had been stored next to a coal burning stove. The receiver was heavily corroded, the butt stock was broken, but as I began to clean it, I noticed that it was a 1914 Budapest rifle, that the receiver #'S matched the #'S stamped in the butt stock. Then, I noticed the weird front sight protector, plus the double headed Eagle stamped where the crest normally appears on a receiver, and also the double headed Eagle and Circle T on the left side of the receiver. The barrel is marked Win Double headed Eagle 38. The serial # is on the left side of the butt stock and on the right side, there appears a LARGE five pointed star. Not sure at all the significance of the star. Anyone have any ideas?
I haven't had an opportunity to shoot it yet, as we moved from Illinois to SW Florida shortly after I completed the first attempts at restoration. The butt stock repairs seem to be holding, so I'm hoping to get this "old lady" out to the range one of these days and see how she responds after all the years of neglect.
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The front sight protectors and the Circle T stamp, along with the Double Headed Eagles make me wonder what country this old gal served with? Czechoslovakia, or who might it be??
PS - Anyone have 3 M95 Long Rifle hand guards they want to part with??
"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with one step."