SOLD FOR: $1425
Make: Mauser Werke AG, Borsigwalde. In 1942 “ar” was the wartime Nazi code for Mauser Werke AG, Borsigwalde.
Serial Number: 2154
Year of Manufacture: 1942
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika / 26” stamping, “ar” and 42”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika”, with the serial number and “Mod.98”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika” and “2qyw”. The top of the barrel shank is marked with an “eagle /26” inspection stamp. The bolt assembly is marked with the serial number and with the last 2 digits of the serial number in several places. The bottom of the bolt handle is marked with an “eagle / 140” inspection stamp. The top of the bolt release lever is marked with the last 2 digits of the serial number. The rear sight assembly is marked with the serial number in 2 places. The bottom metal is marked with the serial number in 2 places. Some of the serial number markings on the metal may have been restamped or force matched. The bottom of the grip & butt are marked with faded stampings. The right side of the butt is marked “H” and with a faded “eagle” Waffenamt.
Barrel Length: Approximately 23 ¾ Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set atop a small ramped base. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade attached to a sliding sight escalator assembly marked from “1-20”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The laminate stock has a pistol grip, metal nose cap, hole for the missing cleaning rod, barrel band with sling bar, scallop for the bolt handle, through bolt, slingwell, sling pass through, domed washer and a metal buttplate. The refinished buttplate shows scrapes & discoloration. The refinished nosecap & barrel band have surface erosion showing through the finish. The through bolt shows surface erosion. The right side of the butt is missing some surface wood below the receiver. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several have damaged small portions of the surface wood. Many of these marks have been oiled over. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition as refurbished.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Refinished
Bore Condition: The bore is semi bright. The grooves near the muzzle are grey. The rifling is deep. There is erosion in the grooves near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 93% of its metal finish as refinished. Areas of oxidation show through the finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches and discoloration. The scratches and discoloration are more prominent on the bottom metal. The screws show light use. Most of the markings on the metal are deep. The marks on the wood are faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None.
Our Assessment: This Nazi marked German K98 Mauser was made at Mauser Werke AG, Borsigwalde back in 1942. It was around for WWII and most likely saw service during the war. The metal has been refinished so the rifle looks good. It has lots of nice marks on the metal and can still put lots of 8mm down range.