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    Default Original Haenel Lorenz Wehrmanngewehr

    I've owned this rifle for about 15 years. Supposedly brought back by a serviceman on occupation duty in Germany after WWII. Caliber is 8.15X46R and its a single shot. Bottom of barrel and stock are stamper with full serial number "3307". Bottom of receiver, bolt body, stock, hand guard, and trigger stamped with last digit "7." Stock channel and hand guard also have numbers in pencil that don't match the s/n. Sight "roller coaster" is numbered 53 and lower band is numbered 14. I'm leaning towards those being recycled/reused Imperial components as the finish matches the rest of the rifle.
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    Cleaning rod is S/N 53. Let me know if you would like to see additional photos.
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    Very cool!! I’ve only seen one other ever, these are a very neat rendition without the traditional bottom metal, thanks for posting it

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    What kind of provision is made for the feed ramp without a normal magazine? Some sort of spacer block I assume?

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    The feed ramp is milled into the receiver in the normal fashion but you have to load the cartridges into the chamber by hand. See photos. That's an actual 8.15 cartridge in photo 2 and yes I've been known to shoot this one occasionally. Thanks for your comments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gewehr hund View Post
    ..you have to load the cartridges into the chamber by hand. See photos.
    Interesting yet the receiver has both the slot for stripper clips and the thumb cutout. I'm guess that it was originally for a Gew98 based on those features? Thoughts on when this was originally built?
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    The barrel is 1939 dated

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    Your missing the feed tray as is fairly common. The receivers are a standard 98 receiver, it has been suggested that they were all WWI surplus being used up. I would be somewhat surprised that Haenel over ran 3300 forgings...

    I closely follow Haenel, and most of their post WWI productions used recycled parts if possible. I have had a few Whermannsgewehrs, and all of them have had a few mixed numbers. In the later years, when they converted to the Haenel tangent sight, they seem to be all "new" manufacture parts.

    Of note, is the unique ejector and ejector box arrangement used so as not to damage brass by throwing it.

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