More recent fake WaA stamps.....
I’d like to see them, I’d hope that any original stamps that survive would be in the hands of collectors and displayed as such. If they were used today, it would be just as fraudulent as the new stamps being made, maybe even more so.
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The fakes all seem to be made using electrical discharge machining (EDM), a.k.a. spark erosion technique. Maybe good enough for wood but not suited for steel.
Wow! This is one heck of a library and great resource in itself. I picked some up off eBay years ago to keep from being used in anger, lol. After learning so many have been made and continue to be made...it didn’t even matter.Fake die stamps and what they look like. Some of these were photographed at militaria fairs in Europe. Guys, as you find these, please do add to it.
& although the internet & modern life in general have accelerated the trend, faking of WW2 gear has been going on since 1945 at least, so some ‘enhancements’ may be fairly well worn…….arming yourself with knowledge is key to protecting your assets!
One approach is to ‘start small’, don’t “swing for the fence” on your 1st rifle. Mine was a sportered 1909 Argentine, found in 2012 at my LGS. It has SO many features futzed with, some badly, but I went back for it after doing a bit of research, it called my name. A rifle in made in Germany by DWM in 1910!
Thank you. I think I have a winner for my first one, but it takes a scholarly approach for sure. As far as the wallop, I’ve really been enjoying developing cast loads for my other mauser’s. It’s a economical way to shoot and a lot of fun!One approach is to ‘start small’, don’t “swing for the fence” on your 1st rifle. Mine was a sportered 1909 Argentine, found in 2012 at my LGS. It has SO many features futzed with, some badly, but I went back for it after doing a bit of research, it called my name. A rifle in made in Germany by DWM in 1910!
Buy a mismatched/parts rifle, even an rc, or other variant as I did, it will serve as a learning touchstone, save you money, and increase your appreciation for the K98k. Just for shooting/hunting I prefer a slightly less potent caliber, the older you get…..I’ve pretty much given up .30-06, unless I drew a moose tag, as my Dad said, “it kills at both ends”.
Not trying to steer you away from a nice K98, just that there are nice similar rifles out there for less $$$, & less faking pressure on them because of that. Then, if you discover evidence of bubba or outright fakery, you haven’t lost great value AND will have learned how to spot bubba tracks for the next better rifle you look at.
It’s a fun hobby, but treacherous too. As mentioned on this thread, arming yourself with knowledge is the best defense and even then….Anything anywhere is buyer beware, and it need not be a “crisp” example. Natural aging techniques have many times made an “a$$ out of you and me”(assume).