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Three MAUSER Kar 98 RIFLES


Running backwards in time from 1942 to 1914

A LOW-TURRET SNIPER RIFLE

This first rifle is an unusual model, being a Russian captured rifle

fitted with a low-turret mounted Ajack 4 x 90 telescopic sight on its original mounts.

Parts are therefore non-matching, such rifles having beeen refurbished by the Russians,

and reassembled with generally batched components.

However, the butt-stock is stamped on the LHS with the rifle's serial number,

which has also been electro-pencilled on the bolt body and trigger-guard.

As was the norm with these captured and re-issued rifles,

the Nazi mark beneath the German eagle stamps has been over-punched.

The rifle was manufactured by the Gustloff Werke factory of Weimar in 1942,

with the receiver coded "bcd".

These markings are obscured by the fitment of the front 'scope mount.

It has the flat butt-plate rather than the later cupped version more often seen on such rifles.

These 'scoped rifles came under the generic reference of ZF39 Kar 98s,

as various manufacturers' similar telescopes were all grouped under that nomenclature.

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This early model of K98k was illustrated in the manual D134 for the ZF39 rifles

 

These rifles are thoroughly described in the fine book

"Sniper Variations of the German K98k Rifle"

A Collector Grade Publication by Richard D Law.


Mauser Standard-modell 1937 carbine

In the calibre of 7.92 x 57 mm, a cartridge introduced in 1933,

this rifle was introduced intended mainly for use by German security guards,

although it was also manufactured for export.

 

 

One of the more well known appearances of the Standard-modell was in the Spanish Civil War, but it was still on issue during WWII along with the Kar9k, with which the former bore a close resemblance. The rifle was also issued to both the paramilitary Sturmabteilung and Schutzstaffel units.


Mauser 1914 K98a carbine

The model used in particular by the German cavalry during the First World War (1914-1918)

 

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This particular rifle is also available to view fitted with the Erma Erfurt .22 conversion unit for training purposes.

For the most comprehensive record of small-bore Mauser training and sporting rifles,

read the superb Collector Grade Publications book by Jon Speed, unsurprisingly entitled

" MAUSER SMALLBORES - Sporting target and Training Rifles".

For details, see RECOMMENDED READING

See also : Mauser small-bore training rifles

or the Kar98 .22RF magazine-fed conversion unit for the German Service rifle,

and the wartime Anschutz Büscher 4mm calibre Mauser training rifle.

There is also a Chronology of Enfield genre Training Rifles, Adapters & Cartridges

 


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