The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on The Firearm Blog Ammunition
In my recent article (http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/06/09/brazils-7-62x51mm-mosquefal/) on the Mq 7,62 M968 rifle made by Fábrica de Itajubá (Itajubá Factory) for the Brazilian Army, I also showed said gun in a photo alongside two shorter carbines, one clearly based on the 7.62x51mm “Mosquefal” and another, with different (Mauser-type) sights, which was referred to as a “sports” model.
Thanks to my good friend Mauro Pellegrini, an enthusiastic part-time firearms researcher, I was soon able to learn a little more about that second gun. It seems that the Brazilian Army at some time wanted to make a good number of long guns available for transfer to higher-ranking reserve officers, then asking the Itajubá Factory to transform some still-stored DWM-made 7x57mm M1908 rifles (Musketoons, or Mosquetões in the local military parlance) into shorter carbines. The Army industrial…post was originally published on this site