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    Been wanting to get this carbine posted up for quite some time. Did a trade deal with a good friend of mine last year for this one. Anyway it's quite the war horse to be honest. I was in the market at the time for an early Erfurt carbine and this one was offered up to me a 1912 Erfurt. With only around 15,000 made I believe it was a worthy addition to my Imperial collection of mine. Plus I like Erfurt!

    For an early carbine you can clearly tell this piece was used it did not spend time in the barracks that's for sure. For starters a replacement stock was matched to this carbine. Next a new bolt group was matched to it as well. They scrubbed the old bolt root numbers off and renumbered it to match this carbine, but you can still make out the old letter block number on the bolt root. And next the rear sight ladder was replaced and numbered to match, as well as the follower and floorplate. Those two components were not matched to this early carbine, but I guarantee they are replacements. Even with all those replacements alot of this carbine's factory original parts are still present, such as the barrel. Interesting depot too #16, not a recorded one either most likely a small facility. Still I am quite happy with this piece, and it makes three 98a carbines in my collection too!

    On a small note I noticed a number X letter stamp on a few parts. I'm curious of that seen that before.

    Still hoping to add a Kar98a Amberg and Spandau to the collection one day!

    Receiver: 1912 Erfurt 2729
    Barrel: 2729 KR. 36
    Front barrel band: 29
    Lower barrel band: 29
    Front Sight: 29
    Stacking hook: 29
    Stacking hook nut: 68
    Stock: 2729
    Handguard: 2729
    Trigger Sear: 29
    Rear sight base: 29
    Rear sight ladder: 29
    Rear sight ladder slider: 29
    Trigger guard: 2729
    Trigger guard screws: both 29
    Floorplate: 69
    Follower: 69
    Bolt release: 29
    Bolt handle: 2729
    Bolt gas shield: 37
    Bolt safety: 37
    Bolt striker: 37
    Bolt firing pin: 37
    Bolt extractor: 37
    Buttplate: unnumbered depot #16
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    And my personal favorite some cool pictures from Imperial, Weimer, and WWII era.

    1. Imperial era soldier with 98a carbine
    2. German soldiers with 98a carbines picture dated 1940
    3. Backside of the picture
    4. German Reichswehr soldiers with 98a carbines
    5. Rifle Qualification with a 98a carbine
    6. Another Imperial era soldier with 98a carbine
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    Neat Kar Jordan. Funny how both you and Chris post these depot reworks at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cj556 View Post
    Neat Kar Jordan. Funny how both you and Chris post these depot reworks at the same time.
    Weird how that works sometimes lol!

    Needed to get this one posted up and finally had a free day to do it!
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    Jordan-- very cool rework! Thanks for posting.

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    Wanted to review trends on this one before comment, especially because I had a prior record of it... I hope Peter is doing well, he had this rifle for a long while, over 15 years...

    The stock is probably very late 1916 or early 1917 production, grips took awhile to show up, well into 1917 and the acceptance places in double suffix 1916 to pretty well into 1917. Naturally, its application here was probably later, good bet 1917 or later. Erfurt was really known for two things, huge numbers-capacity and retaining early features long after others had adopted them, clearly they had a lot of old stock on hand till late, though this ordnance spare stock use has nothing to do with Erfurt directly. Just that no grips and no TD doesn't mean much dating its time of production or when this stock found its way onto this action.

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    BTW, 1912 & 1913 Erfurt are two of the leanest years for Erfurt 98a production, Danzig was the big boy during this time frame. Actually pre-war Danzig was the most prolific makers of the 98a.

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    From what my buddy told me Peter is doing alright Paul. He got this rifle from him years ago and he wanted me to have it in the end being I'm the Erfurt guy! He did tell me I still need an Amberg and Spandau Kar98a in the collection!

    I told him sure thing will just put that on my holy grail list with the colonial Gew98!
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