I also respect the historical and aesthetical view point.I respect that opinion 100%, I just personally like firearms for their looks, caliber and history. A GEW 98 is a beautiful rifle unfortunately, it was the main long arm for the Germans in WW1. However, I’d love to have an 03 Springfield as well. I’m also not huge on Civil War era firearms but Union manufacture firearms will definitely be of better quality. The confederate rifles made by the British are pretty cool though in .577 Cal. and of a better quality then something strictly confederate manufactured.