East german k98 markings

Just a few years ago, these were being imported and sold for as low as $129, incorrectly called “Schmidt-Rubin” rifles. While this price point is long since gone, you can still lay your hands on one of these Swiss beauties for under $350 in most cases. The Swiss round is very similar to the well-known .308 and any purpose that round could be used for is suited for this rifle. Swiss GP11 surplus rounds are available while Hornady and now even Wolf have started to make the loading for these popular surplus snipers. One of the more popular aspects of these rifles is that they often have a handwritten ‘troop tag’ hidden under the butt plate made out with the information of the last Swiss Army trooper to have been issued the gun.

Though the production of the M98 system for the German military ceased at the end of World War II in 1945, the production of new Mauser M 98 and Mauser M 98 Magnum rifles for civil users has been resumed in 1999 by Mauser Jagdwaffen GmbH [8] (Mauser Huntingweapons Ltd.), according to original drawings of 1936 and the respective Mauser patents. These rifles retail (2009) for approximately EUR 6,800 for the basic Mauser M 98 version, but the addition of (luxury) options can make these rifles much more expensive. Several other gun manufactures and custom gun builders also currently produce new M98 system clones or M98 inspired bolt-action hunting/sporting rifles. Many Mauser M98 inspired derivatives feature technical alterations to simplify production.

One small correction – the modern company Mauser Jagdwaffen GmbH has little to do with the historic Mauser corporation or its facilities in Oberndorf a. Neckar. The original Mauser factory was demolished shortly after WW2, it’s tooling mostly sent to France as part of the post-War settlement, and most of its engineers moved on to new positions with other factories. The current Mauser Jagdwaffen was founded in 1999 and produces guns out of Isny im Allgäu. There is an argument for a corporate familial sort of relation (the new investors did, after all, have to buy the name from someone) but it’s fairly tenuous. There are no Model 98 rifles being produced in Oberndorf a/N today.

East german k98 markings

east german k98 markings

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