I know little of the origin of this rifle. It seems typical of the many Mauser conversions that were popular years ago, before the proliferation of good quality production guns. The medium-weight barrel is a Douglas, which includes a stamp reading 8/69 that I assume to be a date stamp. The bottom metal appears to be from a 1909 action. It is a good, solid rifle, leaving little to be desired in a sporter. If anything, I would have chosen a different configuration for the safety, such as a M70 style. It is also a bit on the chunky side for a 7x57, but a rock solid shooter.