Well I am kicking myself tonight. On a Canadian Gun site someone listed a K98 swp 45. I requested pictures as soon as I saw it, I sent a firm "I'll take it" for the asking price of $600 CAN (roughly $625 US).
Sadly, someone else beat me to the rifle, but if things go poorly....I am next on the list.
It looks like the stock was gone over and that it was Czech re-finished.
Do you think it was made up of un-assembled parts? Or did the Czechs just re-finish an already finished rifle?
I noticed that the barrel coded KF are usually found on 1944 dot rifles. This rifle should have a KL or JB marked barrel. Even in the book Kriegmodell the serial number information on the swp's is somewhat sparce. The serial number on this rifle means that it would have been one of the first 1000 or so rifles (maybe less) marked with the swp 45 reciever code.
How much would have this rifle have gone in the US?
If I had pics right away I would have jumped on it...oh well.