Looking to sporterize my K98. Anyone familiar with this company ?
Probably dead and fed his family for many years. Died a happy man.My gunsmith has a plaque on his wall from a customer thanking him for "Converting his useless old mauser into a beautiful hunting rifle". I honestly wonder how that customer feels now, the plaque looks pretty dated.
I think it was pretty much of a cottage industry in many of the allied countries where troops were able (if not really ‘allowed’) to “bring back” these rifles. Probably less so in the UK & on the continent than in the ‘colonies’ but still in those countries. Williams & Lyman both had full lines of sight products designed for conversion of military rifles, and there were numerous companies making replacement stocks, now gone. I don’t know what proportion of captured rifles were converted, but I believe it is a significant portion. In the ‘40s & ‘50s the war experience was still fresh for the vets & not heavy on nostalgia or fascination for 3rd Reich paraphernalia. Then, to convert a nasty Nazi rifle was almost an act of patriotism, to ‘defile’ a symbol of one’s former defeated enemy. ‘Beating swords into plowshares’ in a manner of speaking.I find these old catalogues really interesting. Makes you wonder what percentage of K98k’s got sporterized back in the day. I know up here in Canada its wayyy easier to find sporterized K98k’s than ones in original trim.
I have a Williams K98 sporter that I picked up to maybe use for a sniper clone project.
I do have to admit that there are some companies out there that do take military rifles and use the action as a base for some very lovely hunting rifles.
Fanzoj from Ferlach Austria does just that, they use South American contract rifles as a base and go from there. I toured their building - amazing stuff.
Fast forward to 2022 and there are people doing the reverse process, more or less openly, some of them producing "rare-and-onne-of-a-kind"...
My grandfather was a gunsmithing instructor at Lassen Gunsmithing school from 1950 to 1963. He talked about the 55gal barrels full of ww2 rifles. At the start of each school year they would bring them out and let the students pick through them for their school projects. Iirc, they were like $4 each. To complete the 2 year course you had to sporterize a Mauser into a fine hunting rifle.I find these old catalogues really interesting. Makes you wonder what percentage of K98k’s got sporterized back in the day. I know up here in Canada its wayyy easier to find sporterized K98k’s than ones in original trim.