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    M47 Madsen: The Last Military Bolt Action Rifle.

    Shortly after WWII the Danish arms company Madsen, designed a light weight bolt action rifle, with the intention of selling it to countries that could not afford to equip their armies with semi-automatic or fully automatic infantry weapons.

    What Madsen failed to anticipate was the hundreds of thousands of surplus rifles hitting the market at the end of WWII.

    The rifle became the M47 Madsen. Despite having many excellent features, such as front and rear ring sights with the rear sight being adjustable for windage and elevation, an integral muzzle brake, and a integral recoil pad, it was obsolete the moment the idea was committed to paper.

    Madsen Rifle broken down from the original sales brochure.
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    It was first available for sale in 1951. Unsurprisingly to everyone but the Madsen Company, the rifle was a commercial flop.

    The only country that decided to purchase them was Colombia, which bought, based upon observed serial numbers, somewhere between 5000 and 6500 rifles. The rifles were chambered in .30-06 caliber, with 5-round magazines. Each rifle came with a bayonet which may or may not be serial matched to the rifle and a sling.

    Colombia took delivery of them in 1958 - 1959, and never issued them. Some of the rifles, particularly the ones that have a large Colombian crest mounted in the left hand side of the stock (Serial number > 5000) may have been used for ceremonial purposes.

    Stock with Colombian Crest note that the serial number is > 5000
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    The bulk of the rifles went into storage upon receipt and were sold to the US civilian surplus market sometime before 1968, when the GCA required import stamps on imported firearms.

    Because there were only somewhere between 5000 and 6500 rifles made (the records were lost), and at least 51 years since they were imported, they are not available for sale very often, so as soon as one was posted at a price I was willing to pay, I jumped. It arrived on September 23rd.

    Serial number 2235, which was made in 1958.

    Roll stamp.
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    After unpacking it, the rifle has some rack wear, but hardly seems like it was used ever.

    Full View Left (trained attack cat is patrolling for gun grabbers):
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    Full Right
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    After removing the bolt and inspecting the barrel, it looked a little grungy, so I ran a few patches through it, there was still a light coat of cosmoline in the barrel.

    Cosmoline covered patches.
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    The rifle is not blued nor parkerized. It seems to be some sort of baked on enamel or lacquer paint.

    Finish wear on muzzle brake and the sharp edges.
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    M47 Madsen Part 2

    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"
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    The rear sight which features a rear aperture and adjustable for elevation and windage.
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    View down the sight axis.
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    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...

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    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.
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    Target 2 8 aimed shots.
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    Target 3 3 shots at the elbow.
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    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.
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    Another excellent write-up and very nice addition to your collection!
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    That looks to be a great rifle!

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    Cool! I like that you include the histories in these posts

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    Quote Originally Posted by artemis View Post
    Cool! I like that you include the histories in these posts
    Thanks! To me, it is all about the history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AFJuvat View Post
    Thanks! To me, it is all about the history.
    Exactly. It would just be another plain Jane rifle without the history. Thank you for your well put together posts on these pieces of history. Great write up as usual.


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    Yes, thank you for these great posts. I really enjoy the photos, the process and the history.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AFJuvat View Post

    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.

    That is a beautiful rifle. Madsens keeps moving up and down my "to get" list. But many times something never thunked of pops up. One with the crest in the stock would be very nice.. You read anything about why they pulled the crest??? I wonder how much money that saved in the day?? Damn shame they pulled that. South American rifles seem to always have the best crests..

    Hey on that 1st shot test, I have always liked holding the gun under the bench rest table, placing the table between your head and rifle. Fingers, arms legs are still at risk. but some gloves & heavier clothing can help. Also assuming the gun is not a dangerous bomb just an old rifle whos history may be unknown.

    Then for guns that shoot from a bi-pod or Tripod.. Toss a couple of Old Flack vests over the chamber area.

    Again beautiful rifle.. Love the 30-06 Bolt actions. But those Madsens are really not old surplus rifles but are more like brand spanking new surplus.

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    As always....some history and then something that we can drool over.....keep them coming......BTW, where do you find all these rare, unthought of rifles.....this one is something that I would like to add to my collection.....
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