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Old 05-13-2016, 12:37 PM
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Default Mauser Gewehr 98, modifications tell a tale.

Found an interesting G-98 over the weekend. The one I found is one most collectors would turn their noses up at, but advanced collectors get that it has its place in a collection because it tells a historic story. This Gewehr 98 was made for the Germans but clearly saw French service, the dead giveaway is seen in the second photo, the side cut out for a French Berthier style sling. This tells me the gun was either captured in combat or was part of reparation payments to France after WWI. The bore is quite nice and shiny, the crown is perfect. I had been wanting a nice WWI Mauser but unwilling to pay a fortune. This fits my collection of Mausers nicely, I already have a nice WWI era bayonet I have had since I was about 12 years old that fits perfectly, this is one I will enjoy shooting.



Note side cut on stock for French sling.
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Old 05-14-2016, 06:03 PM
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Additional photos for detail.



Proofs on stock near the disk.



If you look hard you will see the Crown U and Crown B proofs.




Sanitized receiver ring.



Modification of stock for sling.

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Old 05-14-2016, 08:09 PM
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Well as it turns out the gun has more of a story to tell... I was poked and prodded by some folks on gun boards, its actually a commercial gun, in 8,15x46R mm also known as a Wehrmanns Gewehr. An odd 8mm round created to get around the treaty of Versailles, they are usually single shots to find a box fed Mauser done up this way is a rare bird indeed. I learn something new every day.

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Hmmm...that's an odd caliber. I knew the French were chambering their Labels in 8 x 50r, but a 46mm case length? That is strange.

Your rifle seems to be in excellent shape! Again, you amaze me with your keen eye. You sir, are a steely-eyed missile man!
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Most kind. Even found a period ad for the beast.

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Cool, but I don't speak German!
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Nice rifle. I would have bought that one too. I'm also looking for a correct WW I G-98 but as noted the prices are pretty painful for matching legit ones. I have a Spanish civil war re-work of a 1918 Amberg produced rifle but unlike this one the original roller coaster sight has been replaced with the later type for the improved bullet. I also have a nice saw back bayonet for it. Strange that the receiver markings look like it they were either scrubbed or maybe never added if it was intended from the out set to be a commercial rifle.
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