Czech BRNO M48a 8mm Mauser, military surplusItem #: F7359
In Romania, the Czechoslovak version was the Yugoslavian arms producer Zastava Arms refurbished German Karabiner 98k rifles which were left over or captured during the war. These rifles are readily identifiable as the German factory code markings have been scrubbed from the receiver and replaced with the Yugoslavian communist crest and the marking "Preduzece 44" on the receiver's ring. M48A: 1952-1956- Inclusion of stamped parts. the M48A used sheet metal stampings for the magazine floor plate. These changes sped production while lowering cost. The critical bolt and receiver which contain the pressure of the burning propellant within the cartridge case retained the same material requirements and design tolerances (i.e. were machined from forged steel) in the A and B variations.