K98

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by ivandog48, Sep 25, 2011.

  1. ivandog48

    ivandog48 New Member

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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.
     
  2. jpattersonnh

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    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?
     

  3. NYPD13

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    Second that! I'm waiting for the sales pitch to be the third post from this member.
     
  4. dteed4094

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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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  5. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    We are still listening, well I am ! Are you going to finish the story & show us some pictures or what ?
     
  6. ivandog48

    ivandog48 New Member

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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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  7. 303tom

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    Cool story, now lets see some pictures.
     
  8. ivandog48

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    Hope you can make out the BYF and 41 date. All numbers match by the way.
     
  9. trip286

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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.
     
  10. ivandog48

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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.
     
  11. 303tom

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    Not bad, not bad at all, nice looking old rifle.
     
  12. jpattersonnh

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    What are the 3 pean marks on the right side of the receiver? Can you take a close up? If it is still Matching it is worth something. I agree, the historical value out ways the monitary value. BYF are pretty common in the world of K98's, but there are other codes/stamps. If it is a vet bring back, no import mark!, BYF that is matching. $800.00 to 1000.00 depending on condition.
     
  13. ivandog48

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    I will do a close up of the marks. Thank you for your response.
     
  14. 303tom

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    You do know that some of those rounds say they are for machine gun, yes !
     
  15. ScottA

    ScottA FAA licensed bugsmasher Lifetime Supporter

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    The K98 has to be the loudest rifle I've been around. I remember at a public range a couple years ago someone opened one up. The flame was at least 18 inches out the barrel. I wished I had something more than my muffs that day.

    I can't imagine what it would have been like to be in a battle with hundreds of those going off at the same time.
     
  16. ivandog48

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    I have fired this rifle approx. 50rds and would compare the recoil to a 12gauge with slug or a light 270 Win. bolt action. It had to be painful to fire all day. The M-14 (M1A) that I fired in the Marines was mild in comparison. A gas operated semi- auto is a lot easier on you. Thanks again Mr. Garand for the M-1.
     
  17. ivandog48

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    Here are stamped markings on my K98.

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  18. ivandog48

    ivandog48 New Member

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    Here is the left side stamps.

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  19. 1982flh80

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    Interesting story. Just so happens that I'm wartching the military channel as I reply. The topic for today... D-Day! Pics of my 1915 gew '98
     

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  20. ivandog48

    ivandog48 New Member

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    Great pictures of a great rifle. I think you are like me in that I don't give a rats butt about what someone says it's worth, it is a piece of history and your in awe of it. Very nice weapon!