Lacking the means to locally produce viable small arms between World War 1 (1914-1918) and World War 2 (1939-1945), the Central American nation of Guatemala selected the Czech Model 1924 (Mauser) Short Rifle as its standardized long gun in 1924. The weapon was adopted to serve at both the military and police levels and gave good service for its time at the frontlines. The original Czech design, the vz. 24, itself saw considerable military service from the Brazilian Civil War (1932) to the Arab-Israeli War (1948). The weapons proved popular across Central and South America and was found in the inventories of some Asian countries as well.
Many of the South American forms were chambered for either 7x57mm Mauser or 7.65x53mm Argentine. The Model 1924 for Guatemala relied on the former.
The Guatemalan rifles were contracted through CZ of Brno and finished in local markings. They retained their wooden, single-banded stocks (with integrated grip and shoulder) and manually-actuated bolt-action lever systems. Overall length was 1,100mm with the barrel measuring 565mm. Weight (unloaded) registered 4.1 kilograms. The internal magazine held five cartridges.
The Model 1924 in Guatemalan service managed an existence until the military moved towards automatic assault weapons. This came in the form of the Israeli IMI "Galil" series of which 3,000 of the "ACE" variant were purchased. These served during the Guatemalan Civil War (1960-1996).
Manufacturing CZ Brno - Czechoslovakia
- Close Quarters Battle (CQB) / Personal Security
- Manual Repeat-Fire
- Frontline Infantry/Rifleman
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