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    Default Simson 1916 depot Gew 98

    Well here it is in all its glory, finally done with the restoration project. The total time to get this fine Gew 98 back to it's original glory and undoing 103 years of neglect was around 12-14 hours. Cleaned the metal with kroil oil and bronze wool, the stock was pretty much wiped down, parts were soaked in oil, nylon brush cleaned the smaller stuff, and the barrel was cleaned with old fashion hoppes. Put it this way I cleaned everything guys. After soaking the capture screws and ejector box I was even able to bring back their original fire bluing color!

    Now for the overall rifle, came out of old collection from an older gentleman is what I have been told. It has been through a depot and has the scars to prove it. The stock shows damaged in some areas that was either fixed or cut out? I was told the holes in the stock were caused by this rifle being mounted to a wall for all those years. But there is a heavily marked area on the left side of the stock like it got hot for some reason. The rifle did pass through a depot by the #4 mark on the buttplate. And they did alot of work on this once 100% matching rifle. They replaced the entire trigger guard assembly. Not only that renumbered a bolt body to match the rifle. The rest of bolt assembly unfortunately is not matching. The bolt release, trigger sear, lower barrel band were also replaced too. Handguard is also not matching its unmarked and its been damaged.

    Now the good news the stock is matching as well as the barrel and receiver. Plus a few other parts that I will list. Also take a close look at the barrel serial number it has a factory error. You can see a number was stamped over another number, thought that was neat. Look closely and you will see it.

    So is this rifle perfect and all matching no. But its a hell of place holder and I'm damn happy to own this piece. Plus it really makes you proud of what these rifles can look like with the right care and patience. So not a bad purchase for $575!

    Maker: Simson Suhl 1916

    Receiver SN: 4656
    Barrel SN: 4645 Kr1
    Front sight SN: 56
    Rear sight SN: 56
    Sight Slider SN: 56
    Ejector box SN: 42
    Trigger Sear SN: 10
    Front barrel band SN: 56
    Rear barrel band SN: 83
    Trigger guard SN: 6496
    Trigger guard screws SN: 56 and 20
    Floor Plate SN: 96
    Follower SN: 96
    Stock SN: 4656
    Handguard SN: unmarked
    Buttplate SN: 4656 #4 Köln
    Bayonet lug SN: 56
    Cleaning Rod SN: 73
    Bolt body SN: 4656
    Extractor SN: 16
    Safety SN: 66
    Cocking piece SN: 61
    Bolt sleeve SN: 61
    Firing pin SN: 61

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    The After pictures:
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    Man, that just turned out awesome! And you should be in the hoosegow for stealing it!

    You did a great job!

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    I'll say again, I'm so glad you went for this one. You got a killer deal on it and it cleaned up wonderfully. Just a fantastic job and a really cool rifle, as far as I'm concerned!

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    Thanks Mike and Danny you're the one that kept pressuring me to buy it saying it will clean up better! You know I keep sitting here looking at this rifle and it's hard to believe that it is the same rifle that I bought just a week ago. During the restoration process I kept telling myself go slowly. I worked very hard to just clean the rifle and bring it back to its original state and undo the age of neglect.

    I kept telling myself in my head "Jordan its 103 years old worth of neglect you're not going to finish it in one night."

    And I'll say this once that firing pin gets fixed she will shoot fire again! This rifle has been silent for too long.
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    well done

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    Beautiful rifle! Great job on the clean up, looks fantastic. I think my favorite part about this one is the factory error barrel SN and the Krupp 1 barrel code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mauser1908 View Post
    Beautiful rifle! Great job on the clean up, looks fantastic. I think my favorite part about this one is the factory error barrel SN and the Krupp 1 barrel code.
    Isn't that cool! It almost looks like someone stamped a #5 and was like oh crap that should have been a #6!
    "Don't use your musket if you can kill 'em with your hatchet"

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