One major step in this gunsmithing project was modifying the bolt handle. The original handle obviously worked for opening and closing the bolt, but it needed to be changed for hunting use. Doing so would make it faster to operate - and allow me to mount a scope on the rifle.
As you can see in the pictures above, the handle stuck straight up when open, which makes it impossible to mount a scope in the conventional location. When closed, the handle sticking out to the side is an aggravation because it hangs up on things, especially when you're going through the woods.
Another factor is that moving your hand on the grasping ball from the open to closed positions really takes quite a bit of movement, as you have to roll it through 90 degrees of a circle. Modifying the bolt would result in more of a slick, short, up-and-down movement to go from open to closed.
More of This Article
- Page 1: Original Military Mauser Bolt Handle
- Page 2: Cutting the Bolt Handle
- Page 3: Initial Test Fit
- Page 4: Broken Weld
- Page 5: Re-Welded Bolt Handle
- Page 6: Re-Welded Bolt Handle 2
- Page 7: Finished Bolt Handle
- Page 8: Finished Bolt Handle 2
- Page 9: Finished Bolt Handle in Receiver
About This Mauser
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 1: Before I Began Gunsmithing
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 2: Beginning The Work
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 3: More Gunsmithing Work
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 4: Modifying the Bolt Handle
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 5: Jeweling Bolt, Modifying Shroud
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 6: Shaping Trigger Guard, Finishing Chamber
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 7: Bedding Action, Fitting and Finishing Stock
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 8: Finishing the Metal Parts
- Spanish 93 Mauser Article 9: Conclusion, Finished Rifle, Tools and Materials