Yugoslav Mauser Reference - M 1924 & M-24

Yugoslavian Model 1924 Mauser Rifle

This rifle was the first to be accorded a Yugo-specific model designation. As Yugoslavia did not have their own rifle production facilities until later on, the 1924 pattern Mauser rifle was manufactured under contract by FN (Fabrique National D'armes De Guerre, Herstal, Belgique) and BRNO.

All were straight bolt rifles with the 'old style' long-type wood-handled Mauser bayonet, and all were produced prior to WWII.

Yugoslavian Model M-24 Mauser Rifle (not 'Yugo 1924')

The Model M-24 Mauser rifle represented the first domestically- produced military Mauser rifle in Yugoslavia, making its fine fit and finish all the more commendable on the manufacturer's part. 

Produced in the now-famous Zastava factory, these are all but indistinguishable from their FN and BRNO produced counterparts (see 'Model 1924' for details.) It is difficult to tell them apart since the markings constitute the one major difference between the two types.

The differences between the Model 1924 and the Model M-24 are minor (think in terms of comparing a Colt-manufactured G.I. 1911A1 with a Remington-Rand one, for instance).

Production of these rifles occurred both before and during WWII, though only a few were made following the war before changing the model designations to 'M-24/47' and M-24/52' to differentiate them from their pre-war and WWII counterparts.

This rifle can be encountered in both original and arsenal-refinished condition. Those who advertise 'Yugo M-24 Mauser Rifles' in as-new, un-issued condition are usually offering the M-24/47 and M-24/52 rifles (refer to the ‘M-24/47 and M-24/52’ section of this document below). They cannot be faulted for this since calling the aforementioned rifles 'M-24s' is correct in terms of general classification.

Yugo Model M-24/47 and M-24/52 Mauser Rifle

These rifles are the last of the 'M-24' series straight bolt Yugo Mausers and were all produced after the Second World War. The '/47' and '/52' designations reveal the starting dates of manufacture (1947 and 1952 respectively). 

All other major aspects of this Mauser, including the old-style long bayonet
(designated ‘M-24/48’ pattern bayonet), remain identical to the M-24, and these were also manufactured in the Zastava factory. Extremely minor cosmetic differences will be apparent between the different designations of the M-24 series. For the purposes of this document these mostly 
insignificant details are omitted.