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West German Gew 88

Ost Gewehr

Member
This Rifle has quite a long story. At the start of its life it was a standard Amberg 1891. At some point it ended up in Turkey and lost its bolt. It was replaced with a Czech made bolt and marked with turkish markings. Eventually this rifle made its way to West Germany to be made into a commercial rifle where it was reblued(some parts parkerized) and a new stock made. The Receiver has multiple eagle N's and bolt is also marked eagle N. That's really all I know about this rifle, how it ended up in the US is a complete mystery to me. Any info would be appreciated.20220209_180918.jpg20220209_181000.jpg20220209_181014.jpg20220209_181023.jpg20220209_181046.jpg20220209_182301.jpg20220209_182315.jpg20220209_182328.jpg20220209_182510.jpg
 
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AndyB

Senior Member
The Eagle N is typical postwar proof, most real reselled by some arms dealer in germans 10/1972 is probably the date of proof, with antler marking typical for Wurttemberg proof house. i assume the butstock is beech wood was replaced in Turkey.
 
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biggymu

Member
Interesting and well traveled old war horse. I have not seen one with the new proof marks. Thanks for posting
 

ernie8

Senior Member
A group of Gew-88/05's were imported to Germany from Turkey , and proofed . Some have ended up in the US . Many 05's were sold to Turkey by the Czech's post WWI and had the bolts reworked and remarked , so it may not of lost it's bolt . Interesting note on the reproofing . The Germans seemed to have been even more confused by the ammo , bore size and marking than the Americans . They thought the S was a bore size and broke some rifles [ with tight .320 groove barrels ] by proofing them with Ss ammo proof loads . The Gew-88 rifles were never meant to fire Ss ammo .
 

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