You can see the feed ramp and chamber, the thin grey lines are from me feeding cartridges through it. You can also see where the finish has chipped off edges and high spots.
The roll stamp on the receiver ring says "Fuerzas Armada De Colombia" or "Colombian Armed Forces"
The rear sight which features a rear aperture and adjustable for elevation and windage.
View down the sight axis.
While the rifles aren't exactly common, the bayonets are even harder to find, with an estimated number < 5000 in circulation. Supposedly, the bayonets were originally serial numbered to the rifle, but it appears that they were separated when they were imported. There was one individual that was trying to create a listing of all the Madsen rifles by serial number. From his list, there are only three known rifles in the US where the bayonet serial number matches the rifle. Unfortunately, he died in 2014, and no one has taken up maintaining the list.
I managed to find one that did not have a serial number on it. I was just happy to get my hands on a bayonet at all...
Once I got the barrel clean and made sure the bolt was not full of cosmoline, I took it to the range to test fire it. I used USGI 150 grain FMJ ammo that is loaded for the M1 Garand.
As I do with all old rifles, for the first shot, I aim it at the target, then move my face/head well away from the rifle before pulling the trigger.
Target 1 Shot #1 is the lowest shot at the belly. the other 8 shots were aimed, there were a few with 2 bullets going through the same hole.
Target 2 8 aimed shots.
Target 3 3 shots at the elbow.
Between the rubber buttpad and the muzzle brake, the rifle is an easy shooter with mild recoil, even in 30-06. With an overall length of 43 inches, it is quite easy to handle. It would make an excellent deer hunting rifle.