SOLD FOR: $2424.99
Model: Kleinkaliber Wehrsportgewehr
Serial Number: 248030
Year of Manufacture: 1940-1944
Caliber: .22 Long Rifle
Action Type: Single Shot Bolt Action Rifle
Markings: The left of the barrel is marked “KAL. 22 LANG FUR BUCHSEN”, “248030”, “D.F.”, and eagle over “N”. The left of the receiver is marked with eagle over “N”, the top of the chamber ring is marked with a stylized “G” Gustloff logo over “GUSTLOFF-WERKE / Waffenwerk-Suhl”, the right of the receiver is marked “K.K. Wehrsportgewehr”.
Barrel Length: 26” (66cm)
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade dovetailed into the top of a serrated, ramped, banded base on the front of the barrel. The rear sight is a “V” notched sliding elevator sight. The top of the elevator is marked in 25 meter increments from “25” to “200”. There is no provision for mounting an optic or peep-sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are two-piece smooth walnut with a nosecap, barrel band holding the handguard in front of the front sight, bolt disassembly discs on each side, and smooth steel buttplate. There is a pass-through sling cut with a post on the right of the buttstock and the barrel band has a sling ring on the left side. The stock has scattered nicks, dings, scuffs and scratches. There is a small loss at the heel on the right. There are no cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8? from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The plate has scattered light wear and minor surface oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in about Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright with sharp rifling. There is no erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 70% of its metal finish. The exposed surfaces of the barrel and receiver have some scattered light finish wear. The worn areas show minor discoloration from oxidation. The bottom metal has wear on the trigger guard and the front tang, with the worn areas showing slightly more notable oxidation. There are scattered light nicks, scuffs and scratches. The action shows operational wear. The screw heads range from sharp to tool marked with strong slots. The markings are clear. Overall, this rifle is in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. It has a Mauser 3 position safety: up blocks the trigger and to the right blocks both the trigger and the bolt. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: This rifle comes with a leather sling which shows light wear and some minor discoloration, in about Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a Kleinkaliber Wehrsportgewehr, roughly translated as a Small Caliber Military Sport Rifle, made by Gustloff Werke between 1940 and 1944. The KKW was a .22 caliber training rifle made by several German companies during WWII as a development of a German program to encourage civilian marksmanship which started with the DSM-34. The KKW addressed concerns that the DSM-34 was not close enough in handling characteristics and appearance to the military issue K98. Improvements included a bayonet lug and dimensions much closer to the military issue rifle. The program was aimed at drilling of citizens with military training rifles under the guise of recreational marksmanship rather than explicit military training, starting before the war and continuing and expanding during the war. The rifle is in about Very Good condition with about 70% of its metal finish, a great bore, and strong mechanics. This is a neat little piece of WWII history and ought to interest the collectors. For the shooters, this is a simple, reliable single-shot .22 that should make for a fun day at the range. Please see our photos and good luck!