May 2002

Surplus Showdown: Swiss K-31 Carbine Vs. the Swedish M-96 Mauser

Both of these rifles are winners. They are accurate, affordable and easily customized. But there are differences worth noting.

Due to their low cost and high quality, the Swedish M-96 Mauser and the Swiss K-31 have become popular with American gun owners. In fact, these two surplus guns have spawned a healthy aftermarket industry for upgrading them into sporters. This is a prime indicator of a gun’s desirability, since it’s unlikely that shooters would spend extra money making a sorry gun not quite as sorry.

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