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    Well here it is in all it's glory a complete untouched 1914 Gew 98 made by DWM. Before I go into the discussion and info on this rifle there a few here I would like to thank first. Paul thanks for the year's of guidance on learning about these fine rifles. Sam thanks for helping to discuss this rifle with me and telling me not to let it go. And Mike thanks for being a true friend and a teacher to me, not to mention giving me a matching cleaning rod for this rifle! Again thank you buddy.

    Now let's talk about this rifle. This was bought off gunbroker about three weeks ago. From what the seller told me it was found in a house in Detroit (leaning against the chimney up in the attic). The house had belonged to a WW1 veteran who had long passed away. It was untouched, uncleaned, and just dirty. Basically it was forgotten for 100 plus years sitting quietly in a dark attic! But it was a survivor, and quite a piece to have survived too. When I got it, he was not kidding this rifle was in a very neglected state. When I popped the action out of the stock it was caked in surface rust, plus the inside of the stock was as well. After around 20 hours of carefully cleaning, little by little this rifle came back to its former glory.

    The rifle is matching besides the mismatched clipping firing pin. The original bluing in some areas had taken on a grey silver color in areas and some areas had no finish left. Basically I gently cleaned the metal and this is what the color showed when I was done. The stock had a nice pretty color to it when I was done and some tiger strips in a few areas. It had taken some hits in its career, a nice chuck of wood was missing on the back of the buttstock. I did get some nice photos on a interesting study that was talked about and that was DWM assembly numbers. The barrel, floorplate, receiver all have the same number. The trigger-guard does as well but it's off by one number, could be a factory error. Sadly the barrel had the most wear it's frosted and pitted on the inside. Most likely the years of moisture took its toll but it still has alot of rifling left and its a Krupp made barrel. Now for the best part it came with a dated 1915 sling. Who knows if that was the first sling put on this rifle!

    But after all this time and photo taking I'm very happy to share this rifle with everyone. And I'm glad to have it for my collection instead of it disappearing somewhere. Enjoy guys!

    Maker: Deutsche Waffen und Munitionsfabriken Berlin 1914

    Receiver SN: 3423
    Barrel SN: 3423 Krupp 26
    Front sight SN: 23
    Rear sight SN: 23
    Sight Slider SN: 23
    Ejector box SN: 23
    Trigger Sear SN: 23
    Front barrel band SN: 23
    Rear barrel band SN: 23
    Trigger guard SN: 3423
    Trigger guard screws SN: 23
    Floor Plate SN: 23
    Follower SN: 23
    Stock SN: 3423
    Handguard SN: 3423
    Buttplate SN: 3423
    Bayonet lug SN: 23
    Cleaning Rod SN: 23
    Bolt body SN: 3423
    Extractor SN: 23
    Safety SN: 23
    Cocking piece SN: 23
    Bolt sleeve SN: 23
    Firing pin SN: 26
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    Very happy for you Jordan and I'm glad this rifle found a worthy caretaker! It's a beauty to my eyes. Congrats brother

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    Bolt, Trigger-guard, Rear sight, and Sling
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    That is sweet! I run to Detroit and back at work, I wouldn't mind finding one of these while waiting to get called home.

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    Stock, barrel bands, Front sight, and buttplate
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    If only you gave us some detailed photos?

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    Couple before pictures!

    And thank you for the kind words HM glad you were able to enjoy this rifle. Personally I believe if this rifle was left in it's current state. It's condition would have gotten much worse. I'm betting the layer of rust under the action was as thick as a dime. There was that much of it.
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    Yeah you did really good work. You just don't see rifles like this show up very often and it looks like you did a great job (conservative) in cleaning her. It appears you've learned the ways of the righteous

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    Patience was my best friend in this endeavor HM! Usually when I do projects like this I have 1970s and 1980s music to keep me company. I may be young but those were the best decades in music IMO. So you can thank the Allman brothers, Stephen Ray Vaughan, and Eagles for helping in this as well!
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    That brings a smile to my face and warms my heart. I'm 57 and my wife has caught me several times caressing parts of a rifle with Ballistol and my bare hands. Something cathartic about the experience

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