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Old 09-26-2011, 12:09 AM   #1
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True story. Neighbor brought back his K98 Mauser ( BYF made) from Normandy beach invasion. He was Navy so no duffle bag cut! Also bayonet, scabbard and frog. He never fired it or cleaned it he told me. Sadly died later and his son gave it to me! I cleaned powder residue and sand from the bore from that epic battle.

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Old 09-26-2011, 01:48 AM   #2
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True story. Neighbor brought back his K98 Mauser ( BYF made) from Normandy beach invasion. He was Navy so no duffle bag cut! Also bayonet, scabbard and frog. He never fired it or cleaned it he told me. Sadly died later and his son gave it to me! I cleaned powder residue and sand from the bore from that epic battle.
So the sand has salt in it. Ammo was corrosive. BS without papers and pics. Where do you think a Squid would have kept the rifle aboard ship?
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Second that! I'm waiting for the sales pitch to be the third post from this member.

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That ended this thread before it got out of hand. Some people don't realize there are some true experts in this forum, and the sooner they find out, the more useful it will be to them. Personally, I would hate to have to start a BS thread about Milsurps and try to get it past JP and some others without scrutiny. I've found I am better off listening and learning than participating with lack of knowledge. I learn as much about people as I do about guns here. The down side is; I found out how little I know about guns and how much I know about people.

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True story. Neighbor brought back his K98 Mauser ( BYF made) from Normandy beach invasion. He was Navy so no duffle bag cut! Also bayonet, scabbard and frog. He never fired it or cleaned it he told me. Sadly died later and his son gave it to me! I cleaned powder residue and sand from the bore from that epic battle.
We are still listening, well I am ! Are you going to finish the story & show us some pictures or what ?
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Yes I will. My neighbor kept it aboard ship in his wall locker. All navy guys have wall lockers tall enough. The bore is not pristine but it shoots very well. I bought WWII German ammo out of Shotgun News. I let friends shoot it and they get a thrill shooting a Mauser with 1943 ammo. The rifle was made in 1941 in Obendorf Germany (BYF) and has original leather sling. The German soldier was shot through the forehead but had gotten off many shots, evident by the empties on the floor. When given to me, barrel and receiver had a brown haze of rust that I removed with LPS-1 and a piece of leather. I know it's not valuable, but a piece history in my hands. Not for sale. As far as paperwork? None. Wouldn't expect there to be.

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Cool story, now lets see some pictures.

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Yes I will. My neighbor kept it aboard ship in his wall locker. All navy guys have wall lockers tall enough. The bore is not pristine but it shoots very well. I bought WWII German ammo out of Shotgun News. I let friends shoot it and they get a thrill shooting a Mauser with 1943 ammo. The rifle was made in 1941 in Obendorf Germany (BYF) and has original leather sling. The German soldier was shot through the forehead but had gotten off many shots, evident by the empties on the floor. When given to me, barrel and receiver had a brown haze of rust that I removed with LPS-1 and a piece of leather. I know it's not valuable, but a piece history in my hands. Not for sale. As far as paperwork? None. Wouldn't expect there to be.

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He had to have cleaned it. My MG rusted in the ships armory. Having beach sand all over it, and looking like that? It's been cleaned at some time or another. A few hours in salt air will rust a rifle, being dropped on the beach and left uncleaned for 60-65 years or so? There should be nothing left but wood.

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You have a good point. But I didn't say it had sand all over it. What looked like sand and powder residue from the bore swab. There is pitting all over it but not deep. It did have surface rust which I removed as noted. It was taken out of the deceased Germans arms inside a bunker. A well oiled rifle stored in a dry locker is my guess. He had no reason to lie to me. He was an honest man.

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