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Indonesian M95 Dutch Carbine

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Indonesian M95 Dutch Carbine

.303 British

 This is an interesting rifle. Apparently, Indonesia, a former Dutch colony, had a large number of these rifles and carbines after WWII. Needing guns that could shoot the more readily available .303 British round, they rechambered and often shortened these rifles to what you see pictured. The gun was originally a rifle, made in Hembreg 1919. The receiver shows a new serial #, the date 1952 and 'Cal. 7.7', another name for .303.

I found this particular sample whilst on a road trip to visit the distributor, Springfield Sporters, in the fall of 1999. I'd only seen one other, in Zanes Gun Rack in Columbus, OH.

While there in SS show room, I saw a rack with 5-6 of these carbines and 2 of the rifles so modified. I picked the best rifle (Both were really Fair to Poor condition) and sorted  through the carbines to find a decent one. I then noticed several variations. The muzzle brake slots varied widely in position, shape and number. A few stocks had provisions for cleaning rods, some had true carbine stocks, some had shortened rifle stocks (like the one pictured). I paid $70 each.


AFAIK these are rather uncommon, though not unknown to serious collectors. They are generally all in very rough shape, used and abused for years before being surplused.

I have not fired one of these yet. (I've heard they are brutal to fire!).

I'd also love to find a bayonet for these?




20 Jan 2006 19:26