Fancy Names For Mauser 98s
Q: What can you tell me about pair of Mauser 98 rifles that I saw mention of in an old magazine? One was labelled "Sun Lion" and the other "Freedom Bird." I've asked around, but nobody seems to have ever heard of these names.
A: I had only a vague memory of those fanciful names for military Mauser rifles, but knew where to look to find the answer. They were coined back in the early 1960s by a big American company called Interarmco who were advertising a wide variety of ex- military rifles that
included Mauser 93s, and Model 95s. However, the "name "Sun Lion" was used to describe the receiver crest on the Persian Mauser made by F.N in Belgium; and "Freedom Bird" was the sobriquet they tagged onto the Czech VZ 24 which Brno made for Guatemala which had a receiver crest depicting the beautiful quetzal bird.