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    Default Help identifying k98

    Greetings everyone,

    I wonder if you could help me to determine the authenticity and type of one of the rifles that is for sale.

    Although I just started looking for k98s and have to admit haven't seen many live, this particular still looks of odd to me.

    It's posted as Mauser k98, but from the pictures I could find online for DOU43 it shouldn't have hand groves on the stock as well as what looks like 4 cutouts in the stock above the rifle barrel.

    Sorry if it is a newbie question, I appreciate you help.
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    Looks like a Russian capture. The incorrect, shellacked stock and the electro penciled bolt give it away. If you are looking for an entry level rifle, a cheap Russian capture could fit the bill. If you want to jump into a collectible rifle, matching rifles or even a bolt mismatch is what you seek. I suggest you hang around here, buy books, browse the reference forum and learn as much as possible before pulling the trigger on anything.

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    The rifle appears to be a "russian capture". After the war the russians took good rifles, dissembled them, crudely refinished and then reassembled them mixing parts, not just between rifles, but between models as well. The stock on your rifle appears to be from a Mauser Banner modell. That would explain the grasping grooves in the stock. A picture of the band spring arrangement would tell for sure.

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    Yes, RC. The Soviets had tons of captured German weapons and lots of men who needed jobs. Yours should have a force matched serial# on the rear of the stock. The price would be important.

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    Thank you for your help! I agree, I better do a little more reading first.

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    VZ24 stock I think, adapted for K98.


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