bnz 45
The rifles produced by Steyr (bnz code) offer some of the most diverse variations. Serial numbers were stamped on just major parts, and as the war wound down, even less parts were numbered. The phosphate finish on Steyr rifles is a silver/grey-green color and the blueing is a grey/blue color. The stocks were marked with the Eagle H marking on the right side, midway on the butt. Inside, the stock was marked with an E623 marking, which can be hard to read on some laminated stocks. A typical characteristic of late war guns can be found on original finish Steyr rifles- silver solder will be seen coming from under the rear sight sleeve, more so on later guns. On a side note, it should be remembered that Law's book "Backbone of the Wehrmacht" is only a guide for 98k collectors- and most of the info on 1945 date rifles is incomplete, or flat out incorrect.
Most items below are based on study of matching original guns- some variations do exist from this guide however.

Serial Range: 41XXq to 59XXT
Approximate number produced: 36,000
Metal Finish: Blued, Phosphate, or Mix- more blue finish found on earlier guns
Stock Finish: Most unstained, rough, Eagle H marked
Stock Type: Full Kriegsmodel- no takedown washer, bayonet lug deleted, screwed in bands Wood Type: solid, laminated, odd-size laminated
Triggergaurd: (Early) byf marked blued no serial number (late) svw marked phosphate, no serial number
Floorplate: Most byf marked, blued or phosphate
Follower: Most "lxr" or "135 waffenamt" marked, blued
Front and Rear Bands: Early bands were blued, later bands will be silver grey-green phosphate finished, no waffenamts or serial, all held by screws (no band spring)
Numbered Parts:
1.(early ranges) Full serial number w/suffix on barrel and bolt root at top, last 2 digits on rear sight, sight base, cocking piece, bolt shroud
2.(late serials) Full serial number w/suffix on barrel, bolt root at top, last 2 digits on rear sight, sight base

bnz rifles

bnz45 S block experimental stock

bnz45 T block laminated  stock

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