SOLD FOR: $1301
Make: Mauser Oberndorf. In 1940 “42” was the Nazi code for Mauser Werke AG, Oberndoef a/N.
Serial Number: 6496
Year of Manufacture: 1940
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Magazine
Markings: The import mark on the barrel reads “K98 GERMANY 8MM / C.A.I. ST. ALB. VT.”. The top of the receiver is marked “42 / 1940” and with partial stamps. The left side of the receiver is marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika”, with the serial number, “Mod.98” and with a partial “X”. The “X” is a Russian capture mark. The right side of the receiver is marked with 3 Nazi inspection stamps “eagle / 655”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika” and with the serial number. The top of the barrel shank is marked “7,9”. The right side of the rear sight base is marked with 3 Nazi “eagle / WaA655” Waffenamts. The bolt assembly (3 times) and the bottom metal (twice) are marked with the serial number in electro pencil. Force matching parts in electro pencil is common for Russian capture K98 rifles. The nosecap, barrel band, and bottom metal screws are stamped with numbers that do not correlate to the serial number. The left rear of the butt is stamped with the serial number. The right side of the butt is marked with faded stampings that include 2 “eagle” Waffenamts. The rear of the butt is marked “bpr” and with an “eagle” Waffenamt”. There are a few other small stampings on the rifle.
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, scallop for the bolt handle, nosecap, hole for the missing cleaning rod, barrel band with sling bar, through bolt, sling well, sling pass through, domed washer and a metal buttplate. The refinished buttplate and nosecap have surface erosion showing through the new finish. They also show scrapes. The wood shows numerous scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Several have damaged small portions of surface wood or removed areas of the finish. 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.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original to Russian Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle & grooves are grey. The rifling is deep. There is fouling and intermittent erosion in the grooves and at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 95% of its metal finish. The metal has surface erosion and oxidation showing through the new finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and areas of discoloration. The screw heads show use. The small capture screws are missing. The markings are well defined. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
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: The rifle has a leather sling attached. It shows discoloration and surface creasing. It is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This Nazi marked German Mauser K98 was made at Mauser Oberndorf back in 1940. It most likely saw service during the war and still has Nazi markings including “eagles”, “swastikas”, and Nazi Waffenamts. The right side of the receiver has a partial “X” stamped into it which is a Russian capture mark. After WWII the Russians captured K98 rifles and rebuilt them prior to placing the rifles into storage. This K98 has some cosmetic issues but can still put plenty of 8mm downrange.