Mauser Karabiner 98 (K98)

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by wildbillfromca, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. wildbillfromca

    wildbillfromca New Member

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    Without a doubt, one of the finest firearms I have EVER fired is the Mauser K98 German infantry rifle from WWII. My buddies uncle picked one up off of the battlefield in the 40's and we are still driving tacks with it today. It's just an awesome weapon. I'd love to hear anyone else's thoughts on the gun. Here's a clip of the one we shoot whenever we get a chance:

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVt2yIdHUuY]YouTube - Mauser K98 German Battle Rifle (Karabiner 98)[/ame]
     
  2. ARnoob

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    I bought one several years back and put an inexpensive scope on it. I just had it zeroed (sp) in several months ago. I LOVE THAT RIFLE! There's just something about it, the bolt, the history and the way it looks. It's a lot of fun and accurate too. :D
     

  3. NYPD13

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    My very first rifle was a 1944 Oberndorf Mauser 98K which I bought for a fraction of there current price. I must say it is still one of my favorites and finds its way into the back of the truck for each range visit. Left mine original and it will still shoot better than I can.
     
  4. ARnoob

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    I've been trying to shoot non-corrosive ammo for the most part, but it's usually expensive and hard to come by. I shot Wolf Gold and PRIVI PARTISAN, but I have about 300 rounds of Yugo corrosive too. What do you shoot?
     
  5. NYPD13

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    Haven't shot surplus in years. Roll my own, nothing special just 44gr of IMR 4895 behind various 200gr soft points.
     
  6. JNA

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    When it comes to German WWII rifles, I personally prefer the semi-auto Gewehr 43, but the K98 will always have a firm position in the list of my favourite bolt-action rifles.

    My godfather in Serbia [He has a wide array of rifles, pistols and snipers for hunting] has the Yugoslav version of the rifle, the M48. He has used it for over 10 years and is extremely happy with its perfomance.
     
  7. group17

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    I just bought a nice YUGO M48 for a project rifle $150. I'm going to turn it into a scout set up. New syn stock and scope.
     

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  8. DrGonzo11

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    The main thing I like about the 98k, at least the ones I own, are the sights. The way the inverted "arch" on the rear sight lines up with the arch on the front hood gets me on target faster than with any other Mauser.
     
  9. dsmith84

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    believe it or not theres on in a pawn shop a few blocks from my house. how much are they supposed to cost? i think its sticker said 300 but i'm not sure and the germans make awesome stuff great guns great cars ugh i miss germany
     
  10. DrGonzo11

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    $300 is a good price, for that money its probably a Russian re-work. Check the markings on it, if all the Nazi marks are "pinged out" its probably a Russian re-work. The Russian guns often are missing the front sight hood and cleaning rod as well. Either way, if its in good shape I'd grab it for that price.
     
  11. dsmith84

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    what do you mean by pinged out? where would the markings be? if it is an original what should it cost or what would it be worth? its in pretty good shape great shape i guess considering its age.
     
  12. DrGonzo11

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    "Pinged out" is when the nazi/german Waffen proof marks have been defaced with a "ping" which is a little dot tapped in to cover the swastika of waffen proof stamp. Most Russian reworks and some german imports were pinged. If it has all original markings that are intact and the gun is nice I would get it, even if it is pinged out $300 is still a good price, Russian reworks usually start at $350 in decent shape. $300 for any decent 98K is a good price. If you get it post pics on here and I can tell you more about it.
     
  13. dsmith84

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    i'd really like to get it. especially because i am half german half american. army brat. dad got out the army and met my mom and stayed in germany. we moved here in 96 when i was 12. been here a long time and i'm all americanized i guess but i still miss germany and am proud of both of my heritages. if thats a word. plus it be nice to have some classics to add to my tiny but growing collection of firearms. funds are kinda low. if its still there in a couple of months ill pick it up in my neck of the woods i dont think theres much demand for a rifle like that. i hope not anyways
     
  14. DrGonzo11

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    You'd be surprised, where do you live???
     
  15. dsmith84

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    waycross ga, about an hour from the florida border
     
  16. Laufer

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    A friend of mine is from Essen and has been here twenty years.
    Due to prices for an original unaltered German Mauser, instead of wanting one, he has an AR-15 plus some conventional hunting rifles.

    His father served in the Wehrmacht in Finland. As for not wanting a Mauser, ironisch oder?
     
  17. jsmith

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    hi wildbillfromca

    I`m from Austria and a friend of mine introduced me to a friend of him - a retired army sergant - who has an amazing collection of K98`s. Almost every production line including the amazing quality ones from the beginning of the war to the poor ones in the ending where good material was rare. He also owns original k98 snipers which are worth a couple of thousand euros in collector circles. I`m not very interested in those rifles who are very common here in Austria but this was an impressive collection and presentation of history.
    regs JS
     
  18. Laufer

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    I met a different German guy ("Mario") who left the DDR a year before the wall came down.

    Anyway, when his father came over for a visit, he liked Mario's original K-98 so much that "he wanted to sleep with it". Schlaf ruhig...
     
  19. divinginn

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    I have a Mauser I don't know much about. It is a Fabrica de armas cviero 1920,I assume it is a Spanish Mauser,are they made in spain or in Germany? It is 7mm mauser,it has been sporterized and when I got it, it was spray painted black on the metal,I have cleaned it up and looks decent for a 90 year old rifle.
     
  20. group17

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    Put a AIM scope mount and Long Eye Relief Scope on my 98k.
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    That and a slip on limb saver recoil pad and I don't want to change the stock anymore.
    Nice and accurate.