The classic 8mm bolt-action rifle from Germany with an infamous history. Majority of the rifles on the market are mismatched in terms of serial number which brings their value down. An all matching rifle can fetch thousands of dollars (depending on condition, factory codes and markings) while a mismatched will be around $300 to $500 or more, again depending on condition, factory codes and markings. Maybe it’s the holidays but I’m feeling nostalgic. My first rifle ever was a K98 and I wished I hadn’t sold it off years ago.
Custom Mauser K98 This isn’t a genuine sniper rifle from WWII. It has the Jmeck Scope Mount, which is actually a really good option if you want to scope your surplus rifle but don’t want to modify it. It doesn’t require any drilling or tapping, it wraps around and under the front of the action and not the barrel.
Russian Capture K98 Marks
As mentioned in the previous post, there are usually 2 easily visible ways to tell if a Mauser K98 is a Russian capture example. The receiver will have an “X” cut/etched into the side, sometimes it is very crude, but there are some very uniform examples that are well done. Second identifying mark is the destroyed swastikas on the German proof marks, as seen in the second image. The confusing thing though is that the Russians weren’t exactly consistent, as seen above. The “X” is present but the swastika is intact, other times you’ll find the swastikas destroyed by no “X”. You can also find half the swastikas destroyed, but the rest intact.
Captured… A pair of soldiers (Russian I think) overseeing the inventory of captured Mauser K98’s from the defeated German military. Note the pile of MG34 machine guns as well. You can usually identify a Russian capture Mauser if there is a an “X” cut/etched into the side of the receiver. Sometimes the marks with swastikas were obliterated but there are some that remained intact. You can also see a pile of German helmets behind the Mauser stacks.
Stalingrad… German soldiers advancing from their positions. Note the Mauser K98; although a very effective bolt-action rifle, it was ill suited for the closed quarter urban combat that awaited the users. It’s interesting to see an MG34 in this photo instead of the more infamous MG42.
annabeestings: Pre-WWII 8mm Mauser. So adorable when a girl describes a Mauser as “orgasmic”.
Mauser K98 One of the most famous bolt-action rifles in history, it’s legacy still exists in many modern day hunting rifles. The very first rifle I ever bought after my first paycheck from my first job was a 1939 K98, factory code S/27. I say this a lot but I do regret selling that rifle. Most people remember their very first gun, but not too many people still have their very first gun.
Custom Mauser K98 Not a real genuine WWII sniper, it’s a regular K98 with an aftermarket scope mount. Not sure if the guy is still making those mounts, but this particular model is popular among collectors because it doesn’t permanently modify the rifle. Rather than drilling and tapping the receiver, the Iron Elite scope mount replaces the rear sight leaf. Very clean looking scope mount though, shame they aren’t readily available.