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Thread: SS Gew98 to K98k conversion with raised serial number

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    Default SS Gew98 to K98k conversion with raised serial number

    Since it was a discussion over on gunboards.com, I thought I would share some detail pictures that indeed a rifle can have raised serial numbers even when the stock is not sanded simply due to poor storage.

    This one was sitting in a jute bag on an attic in a farm in Ebensee since 1945 and came into my possession directly from there. This did rust damage to the gun, but it is completely untouched and fully matching numbers down to every single part.

    During all of this long storage it appears that the serial number which was originally stamped INTO the wood started to raise and in fact now is higher than the stock itself.
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    It is possible, it's moisture in the wood that swells the wood and the stamps. I have an S/147G with the same affliction, even the Waffenamt stamps in the wood are raised.
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    Cool rifle. Thanks for the post.

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    Wait, you sure it's not an SS gun...they used raised stamps early on....

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzjgr View Post
    Wait, you sure it's not an SS gun...they used raised stamps early on....
    Joke does not work since it IS a SS rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Absolut View Post
    Joke does not work since it IS a SS rifle.
    Yeah, guess I should have read closer...showed my ass...


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    I have a DSM-34 with a raised stamp. Most likely from moisture too.

    Last edited by halygon; 08-09-2018 at 01:18 PM.

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    This is due to Moister and Swelling . Could someone explain how in the world You would Stamp Raised Numbers in Wood .

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    Wow very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave Roberts View Post
    This is due to Moister and Swelling . Could someone explain how in the world You would Stamp Raised Numbers in Wood .
    Haven't you heard of the secret vacuum stamp the SS was using to differ their guns from the Wehrmacht rifles

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