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Thread: Group of Luft issued K98s with M35 Luft DD helmet

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    Default Group of Luft issued K98s with M35 Luft DD helmet

    Helmet from local show. Just got back on trade (stupid me) the no-letter block 15 numbers away from
    its brother. Mauser must have shipped quite a few K98s into Luftwaffe inventory in 1939 starting in the no-letter block and into and past the 's' block (3rd gun in set).
    The liner is LBA37 dated. I had posted the close consec. SN 42 codes on Gunboards before the data loss.
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    Absolutely gorgeous. While I'm finding the history of the late-war stuff fascinating, there's no denying the beauty of high-gloss bluing and nicely finished walnut...and Luftwaffe marked to boot...

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    Yummy 3X!

    Bruce, any general trend for Luft rifles to be in better condition than Heer of the same year? Also, '39 stocks (by MO) tend to be predominately walnut. Any speculation on the Wal/Lam ratio?

    Here's another 1939 Lw rifle that just finished and there is still yet another that is still going.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=164969640

    email => K98@bobinohio.com

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    Default 42/1939 Luftwaffe marked 98k

    Hello Bruce:
    Very nice group of 98k's! I have one (42/1939) with an E/L in the
    "d" suffix with a walnut stock. Like you said, a lot of 42/1939 made
    98k's were sent to the Luftwaffe. Interestingly, I have a S/42 1938
    E/L with a Laminated flat buttplate stock (I got this one from you)
    and a byf 41 E/L with a laminated flat buttplate stock also.
    Tks,
    Bob

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    Here is data from the documents supplied by Jon Speed. Of note is the drastic change
    in early 1940 to majority laminated. Then it evens out in early 1941.

    From October thru December 1939:

    Laminated: 13574
    Solid Wood: 68826


    From Jan. thru March 1940:

    Laminated: 77900
    Solid Wood: 20625

    From Jan. thru March 1941:

    Laminated: 54247
    Solid wood: 59178

    I will see if Jon can locate any more "Nachkalkulation" sheets not covered here.

    Mauser used the German terms "mit Nussbaumshaft" and "mit Buchenschichtholzschaft" to describe the stock raw material.

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    Sweet set of rifles! I love the walnut stocks. What can you tell me about the helmet? I ask because I was over a friend of friends house last night so he could help me and my wife with planing an up coming trip to Germany since he has been there and has a lot of books and such ,and he pulls out a Luft helmet that looks just like yours. He got it as a gift for helping the neighbor of
    a vets widow sell some of the things the vet brought back from the war. He said the vet was in the oss! I think he may want to sell it as he is not a collector of things or guns but of books and knowledge. Could you give me a price range?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob in OHIO View Post
    Yummy 3X!

    Bruce, any general trend for Luft rifles to be in better condition than Heer of the same year? Also, '39 stocks (by MO) tend to be predominately walnut. Any speculation on the Wal/Lam ratio?

    Here's another 1939 Lw rifle that just finished and there is still yet another that is still going.

    http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=164969640
    JPS also has a cluster of Lw rifles in the N and O blocks (at least) of 39.

    I can't believe that rifle hit $2,300 with those purty holes in the stock.

    Great pics Bruce!

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    Thumbs up 42/39 luft

    auction rifle was listed as an ' i ' block and it's an 'l' block.. Of note 42/39 luft rifles. I just sold an "i" block
    and own a 'c' block.. Just to keep things strait..Yes there are alot of luft m.o. and m.b. rifles in 38 and 39
    It seems the build up of the luft had something to with it..

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    Great looking rifles and helmet. Always had a thing for Luftwaffe items myself. Nice find.

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    Very nice! I have a nice M42 Luft helmet and it's my favorite... just need a luft 98k to go with it.

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