Bangor, Maine - Ammoland. The K98 was the standard issue rifle for one of the most notorious and violent regimes in history, Nazi Germany.
The rifle went on to see use in other conflicts after World War Two and was even used ironically by the Israelis. The K98 is also regarded as one of the finest military bolt action rifles in history. The Gew 98 action was the final product of several years of development and earlier Mauser designs such as the Model, and rifles. The Gew 98 proved to be a reliable weapon but it was long and heavy.
Carbine versions of the Gew 98 had been issued in smaller numbers to specialized German troops during World War One but they never became standardized. Following the war both FN in Belgium and the Czechs began producing a shortened version of the 98 Mauser called the Model The Model was sold all over the world and was a success. To get around the Treaty of Versailles the Standard Modell was intended for export rather than domestic sale, however some of these guns were bought within Germany.
This rifle had a turned down bolt handle, and had the same barrel length as the Standard Modell. Further improvements and changes were made to the Reichspost Rifle which resulted in the K98 rifle, which was adopted as a the standard rifle of the German Army in K98s were produced by a wide variety of companies including Erma, Mauser Oberndorf, J.How to disassemble a ww2 German K98K Mauser rifle (field strip) (deactivated)
Sauer, and Steyr. Over 14 million were produced by the end of World War Two, making it one of the most widely produced infantry rifles of all time. When Germany invaded Poland inthe K98 would have the chance to go to war. The gun was used in every major battle and theater where Germany fought including North Africa, Eastern Europe, France, and the Balkans. Although there were semi automatic and select fire weapons available later in the war, such as the G43 and MP43, there were never enough to supplant the K98 as the standard service rifle.
Some K98 rifles were fitted with 1. These were not intended to be sniper rifles but rather to be given to infantrymen who demonstrated superior marksmanship abilities.
This concept is similar to the role of designated marksmen in the US Military today who have specialized rifles like M14s, or the MK12 Special Purpose rifle. Other K98 rifles were set up as sniper rifles.
K98 sniper rifles had a variety of mounts and optics. These optics were larger than the ZF41 and varied from 4x power to 8x power scopes. As the tide of war changed against Nazi Germany, changes were made to simplify K98 rifle production. More stamped parts such as the front bands, and magazine floorplates were used instead of earlier milled parts. In late a further simplified K98 was introduced called the Kriegsmodell.
Kriegsmodell rifles lacked bayonet lugs, and disassembly discs in their stocks. These rifles also featured a rougher finish than earlier rifles. The Volkstrum consisted of both old and young Germans, and they were meant to be a last defense against the invading Allied Armies. After World War Two the K98 was still used by other nations, despite more advanced arms being available.
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Israel used many K98 Mausers in 7. Yugoslavia had captured many of the weapons and refurbished them, and so did the Soviet Union. Today prices for K98 Mausers in the American market are on the rise. Non import marked and all original matching examples fetch very high prices. Rarer manufacturers and variations of the K98 command higher prices.This new rifle differed only in proof. K98k produced. All of the. There was no provision for a sight hood. All pre rifles. Weimar style proofs were. The known serial number range is from to s with an estimated production run.
The proof eagle changes from the earlier Weimar type but still retains downward turned wings. An army marked, dated rifle which was. It has the required eagle N commercial proof in addition to the expected Waffenamts.
The SS proofs are on the left rear side of the barrel and on the pistol grip of the stock. The known. Laminated stocks with flat buttplates.
The known serial number range is from to z with an. SS acquired and issued rifles from Mauser Oberndorf. The known serial number range. With the exception of the receiver code, the code. When this happened, receivers that were placed last into the parts bin.
Once again SS rifles are known in Production continued to be sent to all three military branches. The known serial number range is from to bb with an estimated production run ofrifles. The double letter. The most notable change was the. Three of the longer cleaning rods could now clean the entire bore of the K98k.Local Listing Results Show All.
Local Listing Results. Searching for your Local Listings Sorry, there are no results in your area. Please try a new zip code and search again. Hide Local Listings. Refine Your Search. Military Misc. Sort by Mauser model Labantchni custom. Undrilled Mauser action with 3 panel checkered bolt knob, jewelled bolt, folding island style rear sight and hooded front sight. Barrel band front swivel.
Gun : GA Sales: Mauser Banded hooded f Mauser Action Bohler barrel with solid rib. Model 70 style safety. Highly f Marked W. Weighs 11lbs 5oz. Ebony forend tip inletted swivel Labantchini Custom Mauser 98 in Rigby. Custom Mauser Engraved bottom metal with two rhinos. Very pretty French Wa Les Bauska 98 Mauser. Octagon vent rib barrel. Caliber not marked. Says Whby on paperwork. Les Bauska maker shadowline cheekpiece. Stepdown octagon barrel with vent rib c Domoulin 98 Mauser.Karabiner 98 Kurz, bnz Karabiner 98k From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The Karabiner 98 Kurz often abbreviated Kar98k or K98k was a bolt-action rifle adopted as the standard infantry rifle in by the Wehrmacht, and was one of the final developments in the long line of Mauser military rifles.
Description The Karabiner 98k was a bolt-action rifle with Mauser-type action holding five rounds of 7. It was derived from earlier rifles, namely the Karabiner 98b, which in turn had been developed from the Mauser Model The Gewehr 98 or Model took its principles from the Lebel Model rifle with the improvement of a metallic magazine of five cartridges.
Since the rifle was shorter than the earlier carbines, it was given the designation Karabiner Kurz, meaning "Short Carbine Model ". The standard Karabiner 98k iron sights could be regulated for ranges from m up to m in m increments. The rifle was noted for its good accuracy and effective up to meters yards with iron sights.
For this reason, rifles selected for being exceptionally accurate during factory tests, were also fitted with a telescopic sight as sniper rifles. Karabiner 98k sniper rifles had an effective range up to meters yards when used by a skilled sniper.
The German Zeiss Zielvier 4x ZF39 telescopic sight had bullet drop compensation in 50 m increments for ranges from m up to m or in some variations from m up to m. There were also ZF 42, Zeiss Zielsechs 6x and other telescopic sights by various manufacturers with similar features employed on Karabiner 98k sniper rifles. Most rifles had laminated stocks , the result of trials that had stretched through the s. Plywood laminates resisted warping better than the conventional one-piece patterns, did not require lengthy maturing and were less wasteful.
The 98k had the same disadvantages as all other turn-of-the-century military rifles in that it was comparatively bulky and heavy, and the rate of fire was limited by how fast the bolt could be operated. Its magazine had only half the capacity of Great Britain's Lee-Enfield rifles, but being internal, it made the weapon less uncomfortable to carry.
While the Allies both Soviet and Anglo-American developed and moved towards standardization of semi-automatic rifles, the Germans maintained these bolt-action rifles due to their tactical doctrine of basing a squad's firepower on the unit's light machine gun and possibly their problems of mass producing semi-automatic rifles.
In close combat, however, submachine guns were often preferred, especially for urban combat where the rifle's range and low rate of fire were not very useful. Towards the end of the war, the Kar98k was being phased out in favor of the StG44 assault rifle, which fired a round that was more powerful than that of submachine guns, but that could be used like a submachine gun in close-quarters and urban fighting.
Production of the StG44 was never sufficient to meet demand, being a late war weapon, and because of this the Mauser Kar98k rifle was still produced and used as the standard infantry rifle by the German forces until the German surrender at the end of World War II in May Resistance forces in German-occupied Europe made frequent use of captured German 98k rifles.
The Soviet Union also made extensive use of captured Kar98k rifles and other German infantry weapons due to the Red Army experiencing a critical shortage of small arms during the early years of World War II and rifle factories during World War II, as they were somewhat familiar with the weapon's technology after buying the licenses and machinery necessary to manufacture them from the Nazi Germany during the time of the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact.
However most of these factories were converted to produce Mosin-Nagant rifles and carbines as Soviet forces gained stable territory and were able to establish supply lines for production. Many German Soldiers used the verbal expression "Kars" as the slang name for the rifle. These rifles were originally stored in the event of future hostilities with the Western democracies. Most of these rifles were eventually shipped to communist or Marxist revolutionary movements and nations around the world during the early Cold War period.
A steady supply of free surplus military firearms was one way that Moscow could support these movements and states without giving them the latest Soviet infantry weapons until these movements and states gained the trust of Moscow to warrant the supply of modern Soviet infantry weapons. In the years after World War II, a number of European nations that were invaded and occupied by Nazi Germany used the Mauser Kar98k rifle as their standard-issue infantry rifle, due to the large numbers of German weapons that were left behind.
In Romania, the Czechoslovak version was known under the informal name of ZB, after Zbrojovka Brno - the Czechoslovak main state producer of small weapons and munitions now closed - and, since a large surplus of this version was available, it was used to arm Romania's Patriotic Guards, before sufficient numbers AKMs were available for them.
From toZastava produced a near-identical copy of the Kar98k called the Model M48 which differed only from the German rifle in that it had the shorter bolt-action of the Model series of Mauser rifles. Yugoslavia sold many of these rifles to Algeria, Egypt and Iran during the s and '60s.
The Persian Brno The Czechoslovak variant of the Mauser rifle found its way into Iran very quickly where it became known as the 'Brno', following the name of the city of Brno, Czechoslovakia where the rifles were originally manufactured.
The Mauser rifle was selected for the Iranian Army during the reign of Reza Shah Pahlavi, however Iran never ordered any from Germany, instead preferring the Czechoslovak variant. Israeli Mauser Kar98k rifle A number of non-European nations used the Mauser Kar98k rifle as well as a few guerrilla organizations to help establish new nation-states. One example was Israel who used the Mauser Kar98k rifle from the late s until the s. The use of the Kar98k to establish the nation-state of Israel often raises a lot of interest among people and rifle collectors today.
Many Jewish organizations in Palestine acquired them from post-war Europe to protect various Jewish settlements from Arab attack and used them to carry out guerrilla operations against British Army forces in Palestine. The Haganah, who later evolved into the modern-day Israeli Defense Forces, was one of the Jewish organizations in Palestine that brought large numbers of Mauser Kar98k rifles and other surplus arms namely the British Lee-Enfield bolt-action rifle, which was used on a large scale by these organizations alongside the Kar98k rifle from Europe during the post-World War 2 period.Forum Rules.
Remember Me? Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 Last Jump to page: Results 1 to 10 of K98 Mauser bnz K98 Mauser bnz 42 During World War II, the Soviet Union captured millions of Mauser Karabiner 98k rifles and re-arsenaled them in various arms factories in the late s and early s. These rifles were originally stored in the event of future hostilities with the Western democracies. These rifles, referred to by collectors as RC "Russian Capture" Mausers, can be identified by a crude "X" stamp on the left side of the receiver.
Adrian Stevenson. The are plenty of ex Russian capture rifles on the UK market. Personally, I like them. There is only one way the Russians got them and that is part of the history of the gun.
You will know it was almost certainly used on the Eastern Front. I think that is a big bonus. The downside is that these rifles have been rebuilt by the Soviets and all the numbers will not match. Finding other good condition K98's in the UK is not as easy as you might think? Finding one with all matching serial numbers is actually very difficult.
They were simply not brought back to the UK by ex servicemen or used postwar by the Army. This is where things are different overseas. Now, if we look at the issue on a worldwide scale just for interests sake only you cannot buy one from overseas in the USA and mainland Europe all original matching number K98's are a little easier to find. But having said that, they are not common to find. Hope this helps you?
BTW if you are thinking of buying one of these from Tony, he is doing two shows tomorrow. Check his website. Cheers, Ade. Personally I would step up and get a good rifle with no funny business.
A good solid k98 with nice marks from any factory will always be a solid investment as long as the bore is nice. Quick question though, What are the rules for importers in the UK do they have to stamp their logo and information on each gun like they do here in the US? Hi Soalebm, we don't have import marks as such. But any live rifle has to be "proofed" and marked as such, plus any deact has to be stamped too by the Proof house.
Re: K98 Mauser bnz 42 The importers have to stamp their address on everything they bring in and anything from the old soviet states is done with a lazer pin and from the looks of the writing is done in a third grade class classroom. It is horrible!!! I have gone to collecting vet bring backs and stuff from old collections that don't have all that nonsense.
I hope the laws don't change in the US. Re: K98 Mauser bnz 42 I don't blame you. Adding modern additions to historical items is not a great idea, especially if it is badly done to boot. Jason L. It is a good way to start without making a huge investment. This was the first year of K98 production by this factory. Click to enlarge the picture. Re: K98 Mauser bnz 42 this the pic of the mauser i am going to buy here is the picture i found - other mauser so.Participation Requirements: Valid Credit Card required for bidding approval.
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It was the German service rifle from towhen it was replaced by the Karabiner 98ka shorter weapon using the same basic design. The Gewehr 98 actionusing a stripper clip loaded with the 7.
The Gewehr 98, was introduced into German military service inreplacing the Gewehr The bolt-action design was the latest refinement of the design patented by Paul Mauser on 9 September Mauser was already selling similar design weapons to many other countries, and had supplied less advanced Mauser rifles to the German Army from to The replacement for the Mauser was an internal design from the Army, but failed through an impractical design.
In the interim decade, Mauser rifles became recognized as the world standard, and the German Army became outclassed by a German-made product in the hands of others. Rifle Testing Commission adopted the Gewehr 98 on 5 April Inthe first troop issues of the Gewehr 98 Rifles were made to the East Asian Expeditionary Force, the Navyand three premier Prussian army corps.
The first combat use of the Gewehr 98 was during the Boxer Rebellion — At the outbreak of WWI inthe German Army had 2, Mauser rifles of all types; additional 7, were produced during the war. The ammunition conversion was indicated by a small "S" stamped above the chamber and on the barrel at the back of the rear sight base.
The Gewehr 98 has two sling swivels, open front sights, and a curved tangent-type rear sight, known as the Lange Visier. The controlled-feed bolt-action of the Gewehr 98 is a distinct feature and is regarded as one of the major bolt-action system designs. A drawback of the M98 system is that it cannot be cheaply mass-produced very easily.
Some other bolt-action designs e. The M98 system  consists of a receiver that serves as the system's shroud and a bolt group of which the bolt body has three locking lugs, two large main lugs at the bolt head and a third safety lug at the rear of the bolt, which serves as a backup in case the primary locking lugs failed.
This third lug is a distinctive feature and was not present on previous Mauser bolt action designs. The bolt handle is permanently attached to the bolt and, on the Gewehr 98, is straight and protrudes out for optimal leverage. Another distinctive feature of the M98 system is the controlled-feed mechanism, consisting of a large, non-rotating claw extractor that engages the cartridge case rim as soon as the round leaves the magazine and firmly holds the cartridge case until the round is ejected by the ejector, mounted inside the receiver.
Combined with a slight bolt retraction at the last stage of the bolt opening cycle, caused by the cammed surface on the rear receiver bridge, this results in a positive cartridge case extraction. The M98 bolt-action will cycle correctly, irrespective of the way the rifle is moved or positioned during the bolt cycling action or if the cartridge has been fired or not. Only if the bolt is not brought back far enough, sharply enough, in a controlled round feed bolt-action the cartridge case may not be cleanly ejected and a jam may result.
The bolt houses the firing pin mechanism that cocks when the bolt is opened, and the cocking piece protrudes visually and tactilely from the rear of the bolt to indicate the action is cocked. A cocking shroud lock that was not present on previous Mauser bolt-action designs was added. The distance the firing pin needs to travel was decreased to reduce and hence improve lock time — the amount of time between initiating the firing sequence by releasing the trigger and the firing pin striking the primer that ignites the propellant contained in the 7.
The M98 action features two large oval shaped gas relief holes on the bottom of the bolt, which when catastrophic failures like a primer, cartridge rupture or detonation occur relieve high pressure gases into the magazine, and a gas shield on the bolt sleeve.
Military M98 systems feature a secondary gas relieve where gas is routed down the locking lug raceway to a thumb hole cutout exit on left side of receiver. Civilian M98 systems often lack the thumb hole cut out, as the ammunition feeding is generally simplified to single round feeding only. These safety features are designed to route escaping gas out of the bolt and eventual debris away from the operator's face.
The M98 bolt group can be easily removed from the receiver simply by rotating the safety lever to the 12 o'clock position and pulling out the bolt stop lever, located at the rear left wall of the receiver, and then operate the action and continue rearward bolt travel past the bolt stop.
The metal disc inlay in the stock functions as a bolt disassembly tool. Many metal parts of the Gewehr 98 were blueda process in which steel is partially protected against rust by a layer of magnetite Fe 3 O 4.