Thursday, November 19, 2009

Gevarm rifles

Gevarm rifles were made by the French Gevelot firm from the late 1950's to the late 1980's, or so. The Argentine Venturini rifle and the Voere 2005 are versions of this design. There are two basic series of these guns. The model A rifles have a cylindrical receiver with a fluted end cap, distinguishing them from the round backed "E" group. The charging handle lays on the right side, immediately behind the ejection port.

The typical model A3 was 41.25” overall, with 21.65” barrel, and 8 shot detachable box magazine. Sights consisted of tangent leaf with graduations for 25-100 meters and a tube enclosed front sight with 5 interchangable posts.

The A6 was a cheaper model, with no checkering on the stock and a fixed blade for a front sight and a leaf and elevator rear sight.

The A7 had similar sights to A3, but no checkering on pistol grip. It also fired from a closed bolt.

The E series are takedown models with a two piece stock, and a flat sided, round back receiver, rather than the round tubular style receiver of the A series guns. Barrel was 19.3” long.

Below is an ad from the May 1957 Guns magazine for the Gevarm:





Above is an October 1957 magazine ad from American Rifleman magazine, from the importer Tradewinds, Inc. in Washington State, showing a model A3. The advertised price was $72.50.

Gevarm E1
Gevarm E1
Gevarm A3 rifle.

Gevarm E1, the takedown model, disassembled.
An illustration of the action for an E series gun.

A period Canadian catalog showing various models.
Above is an illustration of the various models of Gevarm .22 rifles offered.

A new in the box E1 rifle.

Above is a approx 8" x 12" poster advertising Gevarm rifles.

Model E1 rifle.

Above, an E series rifle.

Model E1 rifle above.

The closed bolt model A7 above.

Below is an ad from the April 1957 American Rifleman touting the simplicity and reliability, as well as the accuracy of the Gevarm. It was expensive compared to other semi auto .22 rifles of the time, at $72.50.

37 comments:

  1. I have a very nice A 3 with a wood finished butt , no but plate. This is the third on like this I've seen What is the significance of this mod?

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  2. Sirs;
    Interesting article on the Gevarm .22 rifles!
    I've owned two in my lifetime.
    When I was 15 years old, I worked at the local Texaco garage, pumping gas for $25.00/week. Not bad in 1961!
    I managed to save up the $65.00 for a new .22 Browning, "take down. I adjusted the device that was designed to "take-up" slack to the point that there was NO more adjustment.
    I complained to the local small town gun store (EVERY small town had one in those long ago days), and they couldn't come up with a solution!
    They had a nearly new .22 caliber Gevarm with a 8 to 10 round magazine.
    I traded in my Browning, (still sorry about that) and found myself in possession of an absolutely fantastic gun!
    Despite the "open bolt", it was always as accurate as Heck! I could always put 10 rounds into the black at 25 yards and I never owned a telescope.
    The son of the owner of the gunshop showed me a really neat trick.
    If you unscrewed the action from the wood, you'd see a hole in the action that was the sear (clearly visible)!
    If you inserted the end of a paper match into this hole, INSTANT MACINE GUN!
    Long gone now but if I ever saw one again, I'd be very tempted!
    I think mine must have been an A2 model.
    Cass_71

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  3. Was astonished to see in the photos above a pic I took of my little E1 (with both mags). I've since added a MINT A3 with Redfield 4X on Weaver tip-off mounts, and an A7 in NRA VG+. Just need to find an inexpensive A6 to complete the four .22rf models offered to the North American market.

    A French gent recently sent me list of the 9 models of .22rfs offered to their European market. The NA attitude towards silencers, as compared to the European attitude, was the major difference in what was available to buyers.

    For example, my A7 has the threaded muzzle with knurled protective tip to protect the threads. This means it was NOT meant to be shipped to NA. Probably a bring-back by a tourist.

    As far as I'm concerned they're one of the greatest .22s ever made.

    Best regards from Florida

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  4. Great blog James. Just for your interest, I viewed a Gevarm 20 round mag yesterday in a gun shop here in New Zealand. The mag was in usable but rough condition and the owner was asking NZ$600 for it! That's around US$450. The smaller mags typically sell for around NZ$100+. That's if you can find one.
    All the best,
    Earl

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  5. hi have a 22 gervarm gun it have a leaver under near the triguer if i put the lever in front position its come a full auto ans pul it bac its a semi never seen on like that its in good condition ans shoting cond i shoot 3 to 5 box of bullets avery year wold like to know ift they cam new like that for the leaver full and semi auto tks

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  6. I'am searching for a 8/10 round mag for a E1 GEVARM. Can any body help. Can mail me digicap@wol.co.za

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  7. Triple K in the U.S. now sells Gevarm mags. They do mail order to at least some parts of the world.

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  8. i have a gevarm a7 ,it keeps going auto on me i took out the little pins that hold the trigger system and i filed an edge on them again,it was smi after that it worked perfect ,i hear a lot of people wondering if they can be fixed,yes they can so easy.just a screw driver a nail to push out pins then your 2 little trigger parts fall right out,you will see both parts rounded,just file the edge again and it will catch the bolt and stop it each time makeing it semi auto again,,,this little gun is the best 22 i have ever owned,so fix em up and enjoy them.im allso looking for 30 shot clip,give or take.pete7771@hotmail.com

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  9. what is the difference between the a3 and a7?
    where can I get parts for my Gevarm? What is the history on the Gevarm company?

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  10. The Triple-K mags work quite well in both my E-1 and A-3.....although I did a bit of polishing on the sides to make the fit in the A-3 a little better. I threw a video up on youtube showing E-1 takedown and assembly......just search for "Gevarm".....will do the same for the A-3 eventually
    Bob

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  11. Interestingly, under New Zealand firearms laws the 20 shot mag is considered a "Military Semi-automatic Assault Rifle" component requiring the owner to have a more stringent firearms licence that allows for the ownership of that class of gun. Following a massacre in 1990 any mag that holds more than 15 rounds is classified as such under this law. Effectively, that means, quite apart from the ability to modify Gevarms, the use of a 20 round mag turns the rifle into a MSSA. Earl

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  12. Does anyone have info and details of the ATF ruling that stopped import of the Gevarm? I here talk of it, but I cannot find the ruling.

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  13. Hey Earl. I am in NZ and have bought an E1 privately which came with a 20 shot mag. Do you know of anyway I can sell it legally to a properly licensed Gevarm owner.

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  14. Anyone using a rifle with a mag that holds more than 15 rounds must have an E-Cat license. Try auction site http://www.gunstuff.co.nz
    Earl

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  15. gun's friends..
    my old GEVARM E1 (1970) is box bolt broken..
    can anyone send me the same piece in good condition from un old unusable rifle ?
    please price with shipping by PAYPAL if possible..
    thanks from samaem ..near GRENOBLE (LYON)
    january 2012

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  16. AnonymousMar 21, 2011 04:01 PM

    Hey Earl. I am in NZ and have bought an E1 privately which came with a 20 shot mag. Do you know of anyway I can sell it legally to a properly licensed Gevarm owner.

    I have just purchased an E1 and would be interested in the 20 shot mag.I have an "E" cat licence. If your interested in parting with it let me know.

    Thanks

    Mal

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    1. Hi Mal, Did you manage to get the 20 shot mag you were after ? I have one available if you want to post contact info.

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    2. No I didn't get one.

      lockm888@gmail.com

      Thanks

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  17. My announce samaem jan 10,2012 11:10 AM .

    I complete my announce by specifying that I offer a free magazine 8 shot was the person who will give me the box bolt Gevarm E1 (only pay shipping cost).
    It should be noted that Gevarm magazines are interchangeable for all rifles E or A series.

    with greetings and thank you..
    samaem (France,Grenoble(Lyon),south-east)
    email : samaem@sfr.fr

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  18. I have what I believe to be a gevarm a1 22 short rifle. It is a 22 short only. Does anyone know the value and were I might get a replacement clip? I have the original clip but do not want to loose it.

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  19. Fourth pic down is of my A7, which is mentioned further down in the above comments. You've labeled it as an E1. NOT! By the way, am selling my gun collection and that A7 is going on the GB site in the next few minutes.

    Another note, Gevarm ONLY made 8-rd and 20-rd mags. New they were Their literature warns not to overload the 8-rd mag. My photo of the SIR catalog above shows them advertised down in the right corner. They were less than $10 in the '60s.

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    1. Do you still happen to have your A7? I'd be interested if you still have it.

      mrlarry@shaw.ca

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  20. what is a box bolt?? Anyone know what happen to the Gevarm Factory? I used to import guns and magazines from them in the 1980's.

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  21. "box bolt" is the receiver and bad translation of the French "boite de culasse" .
    the firm "gevelot" that made rifles "gevarm"
    ceased to exist in the 80's .

    samaem

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  22. Own a E1 together with five 20 shot mags and two 8 shot mags. BEST 22 ever owned.

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    1. What is price for two 8 round magazine
      for Gevarm E1
      lowczy@hotmail.com

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  23. Came across gevarm E1 take down 22 calibre LR st etienne stamped behind rear sight. Also manufrance-Saint-Etienne fusil rapid Brevete SGDG made in France 12 plein choke chamber 70 acier special parachrome.

    Having trouble finding out any information or value of guns. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you

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    1. anyone know who owns the new in box deluxe gevarm pictured

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  24. i believe i own the A3 model, it was given to me when i got my firearms licence two years ago when i turned 16. It had quiet a rough stock, so i broke it down and filled in the dints with filler and painted it army green. My rifle has a surpressor (it was on it when i recieved it) and it only seems to work when i shoot subsonic 22s through it. I didnt take any photos before hand, if you would like to see it feel free to email me Braden Simspon simpsonb95@live.com

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  25. hi sir :
    i have gvarm similler to A3 and A 7 .
    i need amoo magazine fir it .
    how can i find one or more .

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  26. hi sir :
    i have gvarm similler to A3 and A 7 .
    i need amoo magazine fir it .
    how can i find one or more .
    Aziz
    maxq80@hotmail.com

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  27. hi sir :
    i have gvarm similler to A3 and A 7 .
    i need amoo magazine for it .
    how can i find one or more .
    Aziz
    maxq80@hotmail.com

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  28. JB from NB Canada bought one in 1964 a F3 Gevarm, long rifle. I am looking for the value of this rifle?

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  29. JB from NB, this should be a A3 instead of a F3.

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  30. Hello I am looking for a magazine of gevarm E1 20 shot
    thank you for contacting me kraveur121@free.fr

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  31. Hello,
    I am looking for a carbine carregardor Gevarm 22.
    I'm in Catalonia, Spain.
    Can not find it here.
    Thanks in advance

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  32. Forgive my mail:

    classiques@gmail.com

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