Originally Posted by cortm9
Anyone know what the AKA 98 (or BKA 98?) means?
Like Hawg said, it's the manufacturer. I have a replica 1851 colt navy with that same logo on it. The only way you can tell that mine is a replica is that the barrel has a small portion of it's rear end that is solid. (can only see by shining a light down the barrel) other than that, it works, looks, and acts exactly like the real thing. I've seen some for sale for as little as $20-$30 on gun auction sites (not roughed up to look like it had been dug up like yours) and are probably worth $100 to $150 new.
Does your brother's have a rifled barrel or a smooth bored barrel?
I'm not a hundred percent sure where they are made but a google search said they "may" be made in Czechoslovakia or Germany