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The K98a?

Winchester Cowboy

Senior Member
Why was the K98a Front Band Hinged? Interesting Screw arrangement as well to hold it together.

Seems more costly and time consuming to make, but there must be a reason?
 

jlj

Well-known member
Somewhat similar front bands were used on Finn Mods 27, 28 and 39 and Belgian mod 1935 and 89/36. The band setup on k98a is required because of the forend length. But why was that necessary? JL
 

Winchester Cowboy

Senior Member
If a regular K98 H-Band was used, it wouldn't fit over and through the bayonet lug and the tall front sight ears, being that the bayo lug and front sight are so close together? So it had to open to get it to fit on? That's my guess.
 
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jlj

Well-known member
Just wondered why the long fore end was thought necessary, which required the more complex front band. That was usually a horse cav thing and they did not have bayonet attachments originally. Seems like the 1905 turk was about the last mauser model that was stocked to the muzzle. JL
 

James K

Well-known member
If a newbie to this forum can chip in, the reason seems to have been that with the stacking hook taking up space, and the thin stock for light weight, there just wasn't any place for the conventional Gew 98 band spring. I am not sure why the Germans considered the stacking hook so important, except that one of the "lessons learned" in WWI was the need to keep rifle actions out of the dirt and mud of the trenches and anything that helped do that was important.

The "Kar" of course, was a misnomer; the Kar 98a was being considered as a general issue rifle to replace both the Gew. 98 and the original short (cavalry) carbine. That would be in line with the decision by other nations and may have some credence since the K.98k that was later adopted had the same length barrel and turned down bolt handle as the Kar 98a.

Jim
 

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