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    Default Danzig 1917 / 1920 Gew98 m

    This rifle is actually hard to place in a category, as it spans the whole timeframe, from WW1 to WW2 Nazi!

    Rather than bore you with a bunch of descriptions, I'll just post pics. Bolt handle is numbered 3147 but balance of bolt is numbered 42- a rework error I guess? Font looks the same! Note early "skeleton" style flat sight base. Also, handguard is E/359 inspected and numbered to match.

    Looks like it went through a couple of reworks, Weimar Jt18 on the keel, Nazi Ws1 on the side. Barrel code and RR included in the photos for SimsonSuhl.
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    Nice, mrfarb, thanks for the pics. The renumbering is very interesting, but my favourite part is the font on 1920 property stamp.

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    I agree, a wonderful rifle and it truly does span the entire period as you say- most do not!

    Clearly Imperial made originally, in inventory during 1920, early upgrade to S/sS (acceptance stamps and parts show its rather early), the e/6 wide rear band is a later upgrade too, then the nazi era for a final repair or inspection.

    Amazing the original barrel survived it all- that is definitely the original Danzig barrel!

    I hope you use that rifle in your Vol.I as it would be quite appropriate to illustrate what became of the Gew.98's that remained in Germans service, - not destroyed (as most were between 1920-1923) or sold to Spain.
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    Yes, this will be in Vol.1 and pretty much covers the history of the Gew98 rifle from WW1 to WW2, all in 1 package. I'm very pleased to add it to the collection. The bore is actually not that bad on it either!
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    Great rifle mrfarb. If that rifle could talk, the things it's seen and done.

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    Thumbs up Nice rifle

    Nice rifle mrfarb

    I have just bought on like it, so one guestion is it kaliber 8x53j or 8x53js?, I have som problems finding out.

    best regards

    Karl

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    Any German Gew 98 made 1905 or later would be for the S bullet or 8x57js in commercial terminology.


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