Sold for: $1,230.03
Make: dou (Waffen Werke, Brunn, Bystrica) Waffen Werke Bystrica is located in Slovakia and is the sister factory to Waffen Werke Brunn in Czechoslovakia.
Serial Number: 8658
Year of Manufacture: 1944
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92X57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action with Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with a Nazi Waffenamt Eagle over “WaA A80”, the factory code “dou” and the year “44”. The left side of the receiver is marked “Mod. 98”. The bolt handle, rear of the bolt body, safety lever (faded), top rear of the bolt body (faded) and barrel are marked with the serial number “8658”. The magazine plate, nose cap and barrel band and are marked “8958”. The barrel is also marked with a Nazi Eagle over Swastika, “M”, “E”, a triangle, “dou” and with two faded inspection stamps Eagle over “180”. The underside of the bolt handle is marked with an inspection stamp that is faded. The tang in front of the magazine is marked “byf” and with an inspection stamp. The sling well is marked “B” and “H”.
Barrel Length: Approximately 24”
Sights / Optics: The front sight is a hooded, inverted “V” post. The rear sight is a sliding “V” notched sight elevator marked from “1 – 20”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, sling well, sling pass through, metal nose cap, barrel band with sling loop, through bolt, domed washer and metal butt plate. The stock has various small scrapes and scratches. There are compression marks under the stock. There is a thin hairline crack in front of the magazine. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the butt plate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original, except the bolt body was refinished.
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is deep. There is light erosion near the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 85% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows the beginning of a brown patina. The front of the barrel, front sight band and hood show light scratches and fading. There are several small marks on the receiver. The bolt release lever and bolt body do not match the finish of the rifle. The stock metal shows wear and the butt plate also shows some corrosion. The screw heads are intact. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle.
Box, Paperwork& Accessories: This rifle comes with a leather sling that is marked “MADE IN / GEMANY” on the inside. It show light wear and is in Very Good to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This German Mauser K98 was made at the Waffen Werke Bystrica factory which was located in Slovakia during WWII. The rifle has clear Nazi marks and does not have Russian Capture marks. This rifle is ideal for the Military Surplus or WWII collector. Nazi marked k98 rifles are nowhere near as common as the used to be back in the “good old days”, so If you don’t have one, get one.