Hi. New guy in this forum.
I've been looking for a K-31 for several months to add to my small collection of WWII guns. I went to the Gunshow this morning and there was only 3 old Military guns in the whole place: two M-1's and an A3O3. There were a lot of black synthetic "evil" guns, and bolt action deer rifles with mirror finish stocks and maybe the biggest display of designer beef jerky I've ever seen at $40 a bag, handguns out the wazoo and the usual tables of knives, swords and just plain junk...but no swiss rifles. Gunshows just ain't what they used to be so I decided to hit a few Pawn shops on my way back home "just for the heck" of it. Butter my butt and call me a biscuit if I didn't find one in the first Pawn shop I went to, in fact they had two Swiss rifles! There was a K11 and a K31. I never got past the K31 to look at the 11. The bore was shiny as chrome and the bolt action was smooth as silk. The furniture looked like little animals had been chewing on it and there wasn't much finish left, but there it was, the rifle I'd been looking for. I said I'd take it and the girl behind the counter said "it also comes with a set of reloading dies and some brass". COOL! I got the rifle, dies and 40 pcsof Norma brass for $250. Man didn't expect that!
The serial numbers match on the bolt,barrel, reciever and the magazine- although the one on the bottom of the mag looks to be lazer etched and it's got the import etching by the front sight from Century Arms, Georgia Vermont. I looked up the serial number and it's in the 1949 range and when I took off the buttplate there wasn't a soldier tag but there was an "X 48" stamped on the end of the stock so I'm assuming the stock was made in 1948. The only ammo I could find was Hornady 165gr BTSP, but I've got the Norma brass and a good selection of .308 bullets and plenty of IMR so looks like I'm in business. I slugged the bore and it mic'd .3085 with strong rifling and a good looking crown soo I feel like I got a pretty good deal. Now if we'd get some warmer weather to shoot I'd find out what I really want to know....will it shoot straight..lol
I know from reading the forum that the stock's gotta be Beech but it sure is dark. The only place it looks like Beech is the finger grooves, they're lighter colored than the rest of the wood and still have some finish left.
We all love looking at pictures so here's some of my new acquisition, and as a comparison, my other two military rifles , an M-39 and a 24/47.