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    Default My first Mauser model 98

    Hello,
    I have just acquired my very first Mauser. I know very little about the rifle other than what I have read online in the past week.
    I got the rifle from a guy that inherited it from his father a few years ago.
    This guy didn't know any thing at all about the rifle and had never fired it.
    I handcraft silver coin rings and I traded him seven rings for the rifle.
    The rings had a retail value of $270. I had about $100 invested in the coins I made the rings from so how could I go wrong.
    After learning what I could about the rifle in the past week I have several questions I hoped someone could help me with.
    The rifle is extremely clean and from what I can tell it seems to have matching numbers.
    The main thing is the stock looks different than any other one I have seen. It has carving on it of maple leaves, it has a rubber like shoulder rest on it, it does not have a place for a cleaning rod and there seems to be a lot more barrel showing on it due to the different stock.
    The numbers and letters on the rifle are modle 98 1937 S/42.
    I have a few photos that I will load and I'll try to take more tomorrow when I can get out in the day light.
    Any help with identification will be appreciated.

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    your rifle was once in WW2 era military configuration. It sounds like it was post war altered to be an attractive sporting rifle, a common practice for these rifles in the post war period. S/42 denotes Mauser as the manufacturer and 1937 is the year. Likely little collector value to your rifle, but at $100 invested, as long as it shoots well, you did just fine in the buy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NathanLM View Post
    your rifle was once in WW2 era military configuration. It sounds like it was post war altered to be an attractive sporting rifle, a common practice for these rifles in the post war period. S/42 denotes Mauser as the manufacturer and 1937 is the year. Likely little collector value to your rifle, but at $100 invested, as long as it shoots well, you did just fine in the buy.
    Thank you very much for the information.
    If 1936 is stamped on the rifle does that not make it a 1936 ?

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    Default Sale price

    What could I sell it for?

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    Where is 1936 stamped? You said 37 in your first post.

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    Default K98

    Need some photos to tell.

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    Default Correct date

    Quote Originally Posted by maxipum View Post
    Need some photos to tell.
    I did make a mistake in the original date. The correct date is 1936

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxipum View Post
    Need some photos to tell.
    Here are a few photos of my 1936 S/42
    Attached Images Attached Images

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    Heavily modified ,looks refinished not much there for the collector. 250-300

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    I'd have to agree. It's value is fairly low. Permanent modifications make it a shooter now.
    Looking for 10" cleaning rod, early style e/214 #91, nazi style e/26 #04

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