Third Party Press
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 16

Thread: Duffel cut SSR sniper rifle with SS markings

  1. #1
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    17

    Default Duffel cut SSR sniper rifle with SS markings

    I'm picked up this rifle today as my second K98... I've talked with a few people and it seems to be a short side rail sniper rifle with a type-2 base and SS totenkopf markings that has been partially sporterized including a duffel cut stock. Looking for more information on it since it seems like it could be something very rare. I got home with it pretty late so wasn't able to take proper pictures in good lighting. I'm not super familiar with K98's, especially sniper variants.

    Rubbing for a few seconds with a damp rag revealed the totenkopf on the wood stock at the pistol grip.

    Anyone have some input? I am unable to get the front handguard retainer off and therefore can't get it out of the stock, but I'll work more on that tomorrow.

    Thanks in advance, and I take more pictures of specific things by request.

    Attachment 205620
    Last edited by bodie221; 08-09-2019 at 10:59 AM.

  2. #2
    "Ach du lieber!" Bigdibbs88's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    The Murder Mitten
    Posts
    2,228

    Default

    As I told you via FB....lottery winner!

  3. #3
    Senior Member GunKraut's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Legal resident of Kommiefornia
    Posts
    1,846

    Default

    Has it been rebarreled?

  4. #4
    No War Eagles For You! mrfarb's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    7,282

    Default

    It's always sad to see such a desirable rifle treated to this kind of sporterization. It has a lot of good qualities left, but jeez, stock is really ruined by the cut front end (not to mention its sanded pretty heavily). I guess you could graft a section on there to at least make it look correct, but its going to take some serious work to make it presentable. It's missing some parts which you could find easily. I'm sure you got it for a good price from the looks of it.
    Order the new K98k book at www.thirdpartypress.com
    Don't forget to visit www.latewar.com for info on late war 98k's.

  5. #5
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2017
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    280

    Default

    I recognize the Williams Gun sight tag and photo. I almost bought that when they posted it for $250 Tuesday or Wednesday. For that price, you have an interesting gun.
    That will teach me to trust their terrible pictures on their site and salesman's description. You did well. Although collectors hate to see a rare gun bubba'd it is still a great find. Congratulations.
    Last edited by moosedog; 05-17-2019 at 11:24 AM.

  6. #6
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    17

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by GunKraut View Post
    Has it been rebarreled?
    It does not appear to be. I should be able to get it out of the stock today.

    Quote Originally Posted by mrfarb View Post
    It's always sad to see such a desirable rifle treated to this kind of sporterization. It has a lot of good qualities left, but jeez, stock is really ruined by the cut front end (not to mention its sanded pretty heavily). I guess you could graft a section on there to at least make it look correct, but its going to take some serious work to make it presentable. It's missing some parts which you could find easily. I'm sure you got it for a good price from the looks of it.
    Definitely a bummer but this work was seemingly done by someone a long time ago, probably the GI who brought it home. I'm just glad it's came out of obscurity and didn't end up being resold again and turned further into someone's DIY sporterization/home gunsmithing project. At least he left plenty to work with...

    Quote Originally Posted by moosedog View Post
    I recognize the Williams Gun sight tag and photo. I almost bought that when they posted it for $250 Tuesday or Wednesday. For that price, you have an interesting gun.
    You got it.

  7. #7
    I Like Bunnies ditch68's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    AZ
    Posts
    1,089

    Default

    Wow, what a find. I'd be proud to restore that for my collection.

    Jeff
    Collecting latewar K98k rifles and snipers and scopes, and WWII German 6x30 binoculars.

    INFANTRY! FOLLOW ME!

  8. #8
    Senior Member Wolfsburg's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Posts
    618

    Default

    Yeah, as far as sporter jobs go, it could’ve been much, much worse. Congrats on a great find!

  9. #9
    Senior Member mauser99's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    mass. u.s.a.
    Posts
    5,014

    Default

    Great bones to start with for sure.. The H band could just be jammed on there ? Not the first time Ive seen that. But, might be best to graphed another G98 or k98 stock to the end. As this could be a converted G98 stock to begin with.

    Luckily they didn't screw with the metal/ grinding off the hand guard lip is something often done.. Unfortunately the scope and mount with cost you 100x + the cost of the rifle if you find someone nice enough to sell one..

  10. #10
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2018
    Location
    MI
    Posts
    17

    Default

    I was able to get the front band off. All the parts hidden by the wood appear matching, and seems the stock was originally a Gewehr 98 stock. The second digit of some of the serials has been re-stamped (receiver, trigger guard assembly, visible in OP) and the serial on the stock matches the original number.

    Barrel appears dated August of 1939.

    My first steps with "restoring" the rifle will be having the H band repaired, along with tracking down an armorers rear band and band spring. I will also need a solid walnut donor stock/stock section, so if anyone has leads on these parts please reach out to me.
    Last edited by bodie221; 08-09-2019 at 10:59 AM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •