Back in the day, I was buying Mauser '98 rifles, six in a case, at a time, for $60.00 each plus shipping. I don't know where this supplier got those rifles, but unlike others that I've seen, the bottom metal, which was captured in the wood stock, was pristine and didn't have any pits or rust that was common on other '98 rifles that I'd seen. Most all these rifles were made in Czechoslovakia and stamped VZ 24, BRNO or were identified on the left side with rolled stamping denoting made in Czechoslovakia. Vintage of these rifles were all around 1939, because Germany wasn't allowed to manufacture any weapons of war under the Versailles Treaty. These days, the sheriff is correct, many collectors want original WWII guns, unaltered.