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Old 02-10-2012, 08:04 PM   #1
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I recently inherited a sporterized Mauser k98 from my grandfather and am curious if anyone could help me identify the year and place of manufacture. Unfortunately, there don't appear to be too many identifying marks or serial numbers on the weapon itself. Here is what I can see:
On barrel, in front of receiver: "43E1"
Left side of barrel, in front of receiver is a small eagle with swastika
On bolt release, small eagle with swastika and stamp mark "07" (inspector's stamp?)
Underneath, in front of magazine, small stamp "Mub"
On bolt handle "6089"
On bolt, multiple locations, "78" or "18"
Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:36 PM   #2
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To bad it was sporterized. It is worth more all original with matching serial #. On mine the bolt, barrel, stock, and magazine cover have matching serial no. I sounds like it was made from parts from different rifles.

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Does it have a scope on it? The manufacture code and date should be on the receiver. If it is blank it has been scrubbed. Every number on a K98 is part of the serial number. If the serial number is 4652, smaller parts are stamped 52.
Pics would really help.

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Papa- link to some info on dates, markings, and photos of same. Cannot match up what you have to my limited references on markings. Click HERE: http://www.wehrmacht-awards.com/uniforms_firearms/firearms/98k/k98index.htm

Are you SURE it is a K98?

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Thank you for the replies so far. C3 - I am 100% positive that it is a k98. jpattersonnh - I'll try and take some better pics than what I have and upload them this weekend. No scope on it, just open sights. 007 - the rifle is priceless to me as it belonged to my (now deceased) grandfather. He hunted with it for decades. Really jsut curious as to the origins of the rifle.
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Czech rifles were stamped E3, or E4 for the VZ24 and post war K98's.

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Mauser do make a great hunting rifle and do know it is priceless to you. I wish your grandfather told you the story behind the gun. Were he got it? Was it on D Day or during the battle of the Bulge ect. It is a piece of history you have there.

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does it shoot 8mm or has it maybe been rebarrelled. I have a g33/40 that has been spoterized in 8mm shoots real good only hunting ammo is a little hard to get surplus fmj is easy at a gun show.

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the best ammo for the k98 i use is sellier and bellot. they make a 192 grain soft point bullet.

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Default Help to identify date and place of manufacture of mauzer

I recently bought a Mauser k98 and I am curious if anyone could help me identify the year and place of manufacture.
All the serial numbers and markings are on the left side which are:

* 9830
E3 O CESKOSLOVENSKAZBROJOVKA,AS,BRNO

The * is a symbol like three.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
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