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Radfahrer (Bicyclist's) Gewehr 98 Restoration SN 461

chrisftk

Senior Member
Hi All,

We have a great sticky thread on these already, but I wanted to post updated pictures of a rifle I was extremely fortunate to get from Mike back in February.

One of the most difficult variants of Gew98 to find, many of the few known examples are much like this one-- stock sets which were found loose or mated to a m/m rifle. There are matching ones out there (Craig Brown's being one), but given scant production and high attrition of weapons in WW1, not a lot made it through intact. Beggars, as they say, can't be choosers. A legitimate stock set alone is more valuable than many rifles.

Very detailed information on these can be found here: https://www.k98kforum.com/threads/radfahrer-gewehr.10100/post-66886

This particular example has a unit marked stock set (3rd Jäger Ersatz Radfaher Kompanie, Waffe No. 45 )with a matching trigger guard assembly and rear band. Mike found the stock with a 16 JPS barreled receiver in it and later added a front band with the hook removed and a bent bolt. The JPS B/R gives this a "depot" look to it. If I ever stumble on a loose Spandau 14 B/R, it would really complete the look. The sling is a Kar98a one, which matches what has been seen in period photos.

The variations from typical Gew98 production are pretty clear--

1) Side mounted sling cutout in the stock akin to a Kar98a, 98b or 98k
2) Bolt cutout in the stock and a bent bolt
3) No quick detach sling provisions on stock or triggerguard
4) Rear band has a slide mounted sling loop.
5) Rear band is secured with a screw on the underside which threads into the cleaning rod nut.
6) Front band does not have the parade hook on the underside.

Interestingly, the buttplate shows that the stock passed through Koblenz at some point during the war.

In any case, here are the pictures. I will link to this thread within the "Sticky" too.

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Spartaner545

Senior Member
What an absolutly beautiful rifle, Chris. Good to see it completed, even with 1916 receiver. I am sure you'll find a better matching 1914 one eventually.
When it comes to the Radfahrergewehr it doenst really matter to me if its all matching numbers or just an original stock. They are so rare that it is a true blessing to have such a rifle in any condition in ones collection.

It just came to my mind that the Radfahrergewehr could be viewed as a type of Jägerbüchse of the Gewehr 98 family as it is a rifle exclusivly given to Jäger-Bataillons.
 

biggymu

Member
Fabulous Chris! About as rare a piece as can be had! So fortunate to get the matching trigger guard and rear band. Great pics my friend!
 

Cyrano4747

Well-known member
I love guns like this: the ones that are such a niche rarity that the normal worries about matching parts etc. go out the window and just having a complete example becomes the goal.
 

chrisftk

Senior Member
What an absolutly beautiful rifle, Chris. Good to see it completed, even with 1916 receiver. I am sure you'll find a better matching 1914 one eventually.
When it comes to the Radfahrergewehr it doenst really matter to me if its all matching numbers or just an original stock. They are so rare that it is a true blessing to have such a rifle in any condition in ones collection.

It just came to my mind that the Radfahrergewehr could be viewed as a type of Jägerbüchse of the Gewehr 98 family as it is a rifle exclusivly given to Jäger-Bataillons.
Thanks Vincent, it's one I honestly didn't think I'd ever find- good point on the Jägerbüchse parallel. If only there was an 88 pattern equivalent. It would be a neat lineup with the black powder Jäger rifles.

Fabulous Chris! About as rare a piece as can be had! So fortunate to get the matching trigger guard and rear band. Great pics my friend!
Thanks Rick! I'm glad the stock and related metal came with it. I'd be going nuts trying to find the right TG.

I love guns like this: the ones that are such a niche rarity that the normal worries about matching parts etc. go out the window and just having a complete example becomes the goal.
Agree 100% While it'd be wonderful to find a matching one, you could spend your whole life looking for a m/m one and still not be successful.
 

chrisftk

Senior Member
I was looking through some folders on my computer and found these. They were part of the auction description when CBs radfahrer sold. Just thought I'd post here for reference.

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biggymu

Member
Funny, the first photo looks like they are equipped with Gew91 carbines. Makes more sense on a bike.
 

chrisftk

Senior Member
Funny, the first photo looks like they are equipped with Gew91 carbines. Makes more sense on a bike.
Good eye, they are, it's an older photo. Prior to the Radfahrer Gew98, there were 88 pattern carbines used by bicycle units. You'll see that unit mark occasionally.
 

Sexton

Member
Happy to share despite my limited knowledge Chris. I have another photo around here somewhere, I think Peter S. snapped it, of CB displaying his rifle at the SOS years ago.
I should have bought it when it went through Amoskeag.
 

chrisftk

Senior Member
Happy to share despite my limited knowledge Chris. I have another photo around here somewhere, I think Peter S. snapped it, of CB displaying his rifle at the SOS years ago.
I should have bought it when it went through Amoskeag.
I really regret missing out on CBs auction. It unfortunately fell at a time I was taking a break from collecting. I ended up with a few CB guns eventually, but I would have loved a crack at some of the harder pieces.

Thanks again for sharing!
 

cj556

Senior Member
I believe this is the photo Sexton is referring to.
 

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