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    I think there is merit in your line of reasoning,...

    I think there is merit in your line of reasoning, not a unit marking but possibly related to some irregular units, its worth consideration. Naturally, most of the ones I have recorded are G98's,...
  2. Thread: Danzig 1918

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    I found it interesting, while atrocities linked...

    I found it interesting, while atrocities linked to the Freikorps are widely publicized and even spoken of today, the atrocities of the Spartacists and bolsheviks are rarely mentioned or spoken about...
  3. Thread: Erfurt 98a

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    Dan, thanks for going the extra mile, looks C/B...

    Dan, thanks for going the extra mile, looks C/B to me, - the character identification is less important than developing an accurate pattern of inspection. These German Fraktur and Sütterlin...
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    It's a lot of money, even when you are speaking...

    It's a lot of money, even when you are speaking about modern dollars (monopoly money), - people like us still must work to earn them, but i am not sure what the going rate is for a MG.08/15, and then...
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    Speaking only of 1918, Mauser made the most,...

    Speaking only of 1918, Mauser made the most, followed by Amberg, Danzig and DWM about the same numbers, though Danzig's seem to come up more often (condition aside), Oberspree made around as many as...
  6. Jon Speed sent me a series of emails regarding...

    Jon Speed sent me a series of emails regarding the Brazilian contract, it ended in 1914, - Jon also stated that Mauser received a large Turk contract in 1914 for 200,000 rifles, but it was canceled...
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    I am pretty sure DWM abandoned contract...

    I am pretty sure DWM abandoned contract production by 1915-1916. Some of these rifles still on hand may have been taken over by the military but actual production would have ceased by 1915-1916, as...
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    A crowned jewel among many fine gems too... if...

    A crowned jewel among many fine gems too... if you can afford the 08/15, I agree it would be a magnificent centerpiece of any collection. However at the rate you are going, you will have to host an...
  9. Thread: Erfurt 98a

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    Thanks Dan, - the wrist is C/P, the acceptance...

    Thanks Dan, - the wrist is C/P, the acceptance under the cypher (right side of stock, the Crowned FW for the Prussian King, - also the Kaiser, but the cypher is for Prussia, there was no "Imperial"...
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    It's desirable, but how desirable depends on...

    It's desirable, but how desirable depends on better pictures... these will not get you a "great" price, while made in 1915, its true value lies more in its Republican era markings.

    FYI:
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  11. Thread: Erfurt 98a

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    Can you do one of the wrist and lower buttstock,...

    Can you do one of the wrist and lower buttstock, under the serial (if distinct enough to photograph), Erfurt is one of the most diverse of the makers, probably due to the enormous numbers made (I am...
  12. Thread: Erfurt 98a

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    How's it going Dan, I saw you post on the 98k...

    How's it going Dan, I saw you post on the 98k side sometime ago, meant to welcome you then, plum forgot...

    I have this one on file already, though the idiotic seller didn't take many relevant...
  13. Thread: Danzig 1918

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    Hell Sam, you knew all that already! You are...

    Hell Sam, you knew all that already! You are about as sharp as they come on Imperials... mostly it was for the new guys, hopefully with a little background they will stick around and at least...
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    Excellent presentation of a rather rarely seen...

    Excellent presentation of a rather rarely seen rifle, especially in this condition, your photography skills are getting very good!

    This rifle was sold by LR back in 2012, I didn't save the text,...
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    The thread is a year old, I have participated in...

    The thread is a year old, I have participated in hundreds of thread since then.... I will review the earlier posts and see if there is anything to add based upon your new photographs.

    ***You never...
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    I am not suggesting anything about your rifle, as...

    I am not suggesting anything about your rifle, as I have not seen your rifle...

    To go beyond a statement regarding the general guidelines people must see your rifle, simply posting random pictures...
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    Nomenclatures for these variations can vary on...

    Nomenclatures for these variations can vary on the collector, some are very careless with facts and assessments and others are just superficial observers who do not put a lot of thinking into their...
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    Good to see you working that Simson! I really...

    Good to see you working that Simson! I really never spent much time shooting them, even today where I can shoot from my front porch I rarely shoot them...
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    Two important angles

    Two important angles
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    3458/e went through a thorough rebuild, far more...

    3458/e went through a thorough rebuild, far more than the re-barrel I initially stated. It passed through Königsberg, has all the typical signs from this important HZa, - it along with Spandau and...
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    I read to me as a joke, - like all good jokes...

    I read to me as a joke, - like all good jokes there is truth in them.

    Regarding the stock, it probably had an ordnance spare on it, new like the other components, could be a Walther (e/359) or a...
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    I agree with the less is more crowd, you would be...

    I agree with the less is more crowd, you would be crazy to do much to this rifle, it is perfect the way it is and any further "cleaning" would probably be detrimental. To safeguard your wife's fine...
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    1935 S147G 3458/e was re-barreled with 660 4 38...

    1935 S147G 3458/e was re-barreled with 660 4 38 BÖ e/WaA623 x3, this is the second earliest SDP barrel recorded, this earlier barrel was used as they were intended originally, to re-barrel rifles at...
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    There isn't a lot that can be said about one of...

    There isn't a lot that can be said about one of these without the stock markings, - rc inspired "conversations" are driven by inane and fatuous comments that rarely rise to the level of a...
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    The changes began early in 1942, the Hitler...

    The changes began early in 1942, the Hitler decree occurred in a series of incremental steps to get the problems solved with the least intrusion as possible, - starting before the Russian Campaign,...
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