The Brazilian 7x57mm DWM M908/Officer carbine

In my recent article ( 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.

The two short carbines shown in the earlier TFB post, the “Mosquefal”-based model in the top position.

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…

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