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    Default 337 1939 all matching

    Rearranging the safe this weekend I figured I would take better photos of this one for the board. A gentleman posted this on the forum asking questions about it. I ended up buying the rifle from him. This is one of the toughest codes to find in matching trim. This one has actually been reworked, having the barrel replaced at some point. Wrist proof looks like Hr 6 under a loup. The barrel was the only thing changed, everything else is original on it. Fits right in my oddball collection of wierdos that I have. Stock and handguard numbered inside and matching. Rifle is mostly inspected with E/46, where later rifles use E/749.
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    Hey Farb,
    That is some rare sweety you got. Congrats on being the new care taker.
    I notice the "l" making on the receiver. When did Astrawerk begin using it ?

    And what's the proof on those locking screws ?

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    What a wonderful rifle, super hard to find, and early too! The Backboner 337/39 is fully matching, 2562, but not as nice as this one apparently, finish wise anyway.

    Hardly any 337/39 exist original-matching, three or four at most anywhere near "original", and I think 2562 is the only one pretty much factory matching (by its datasheet). It had a BSW e/4 stock though, some of the early rifles have BSW components, even a few BSW/39 receivers have been found e/749'd.

    Regarding the Hr depot, several rifles have been documented from them, probably Hannover, all seem to be early rifles, one Gew.98 and one S147G, but possibly they stopped working rifles due to Magdeburg being more active later? The Wehrkreis was very important, Magdeburg apparently heavily involved with tanks, but they found time for rifles too as many have been recorded from that depot.

    I agree, this rifle is about as close as you will come to "rare" in regards to the Kar.98k, which hardly applies to the vast majority collectors like to call rare or scarce. Most are condition rarities if even that, this one is both.

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    Usually the screws are unmarked, but early rifles often have waffenamt e/18 or e/4 acceptance, which e/4 is of course BSW leftover components, while e/18 is either Dresden or Elsterwerda, which is odd because Elsterwerda is not part or connected to Dresden. Probably the small components like screws, which were the specialty of the two main firms there (Elsterwerdaer Schraubenfabrik C. Winter & Phönicia Werke AG, both specialized in screws before the war- by their advertising anyway) were sent to Dresden for inspection or the inspector covered both areas, Elsterwerda not being very far from Dresden, or very important. It was just a few miles north of Dresden.

    All the Saxony Group came on line working for Gustloff Werke in 1938, not all were from Saxony, but most were, - they were all in the general area around Weimar, which like Erfurt, was a great place to form a state owned rifle factory. Situated in-between the highly industrialized areas in Saxony, easily the third most industrialized area of German after Berlin and the Ruhr, and the otherside, to the west is Thüringen, Germany's rifle making Mecca. You have access to sub-contractors and skilled labor on a large scale.


    Quote Originally Posted by don w View Post
    Hey Farb,
    That is some rare sweety you got. Congrats on being the new care taker.
    I notice the "l" making on the receiver. When did Astrawerk begin using it ?

    And what's the proof on those locking screws ?

    thanks,
    don

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    Not something you see everyday! What is the date on that Sauer barrel? 0,2 marked under the wood?

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    Here are some more photos with the finer points.
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    Very cool, all around

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    Farb,

    Thanks for taking the time to take pics and share this with us. This is the first time I've seen a 39' 337 'up close'.

    I think the E/46's are super neat, overall a really interesting rifle reguarding the mix of WaAs and subcontractor markings. First time ive seen a WaA46 marked stock!

    When it was rebarreled did it keep its original rear sight components?

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    Here are images of the rear sight components. I don't recall ever seeing an "a" marked component but I never really paid much attention to these. See the Simson E/76 inspected sight spring.
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    Have #1925, bolt and prob. some other m/m parts. Has the a marks on the rear sight parts also. JL

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