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    Default Modified Gew 88 and Gew. 91

    I have had these who examples of modified 88's for some time, always wondered if they are just some
    post war tinkering. I believe I saw a post on a similiar example some time ago, but don't remember if it was here
    or Gunboards.

    On both examples the shortening of the barrel sleeves seems well done, but neither show evidence of a front sight ever being added.

    First a cutdown Gew. 88, sn 7907, Spandau 1890
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    Default More Gew. 88, modified

    More Spandau 1890 7907
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    Default Cutdown Kar 91, Cutdown Gew. 88, Regular length Gew. 88

    Comparisons to normal length Gew. 88 barreled receiver.

    *** Edit. The Kar 91 barrel is original length. Being in a cut down Gew. 88 stock and modified barrel sleeve, I initially thought
    the barrel had been cut as well, I should have measured, sorry for the misleading post.
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    Default Gew. 91, shortened.

    This shortened Gew. 91 has several matching numbered parts, including bolt. It need only a front sight to be useable.
    ***Edit. The barrel length of the Gew. 91 is correct, it has not been shortened. The tube is missing the front sight, and the
    stock is a cutdown Gew. 88 stock.
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    Default Gew. 91

    more pictures
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    Default More Pictures

    These are probably nothing more than someones unfinished projects, but I figured Paul
    could at least mine some Mod. 88 barrel data.
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    My apologies for the many inverted pictures, I don't know why that happens?

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    Short of time at the moment, but if this is one of the shortened G88's, then it is a legitimate variation. CB had a little fascination with them, especially when he and John Wall discovered an 1928-1929 article by G.B Jarrett that mentions the variation. Before CB passed away he drafted an article on this subject and we were going over the subject, I still have that articles completion as a must do before I get too old and delirious to finish it..

    Later I will check out the pictures of your two rifles and see if they have similarities to the variation.

    Quote Originally Posted by runner View Post
    I have had these who examples of modified 88's for some time, always wondered if they are just some
    post war tinkering. I believe I saw a post on a similiar example some time ago, but don't remember if it was here
    or Gunboards.

    On both examples the shortening of the barrel sleeves seems well done, but neither show evidence of a front sight ever being added.

    First a cutdown Gew. 88, sn 7907, Spandau 1890

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    Very interesting, I think Clay had a shortened one he posted up here a while back, and we were wondering the same thing...looking forward to hearing a bit more on these!

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    Checking my post, it dawned on me to measure the Kar 91 barrel length, instead of assuming it had been altered
    simply being in a shortened stock. The barreled receiver of the Kar. 91 is correct/original.
    sorry for the confusion on my part.

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