SOLD FOR: $1225
Make: J.P. Sauer und Sohn. In 1944 “ce” was the Nazi code for J.P. Sauer und Sohn Gewehrfabrik, Suhl of Germany.
Serial Number: 15270
Year of Manufacture: 1944
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 “eagle / swastika / 37”, “ce” and “44”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika” and “Mod. 98”. The barrel shank is marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika”, with the serial number, with a partial “cda” stamp, and with 2 “eagle / 37” inspection stamps. The right side of the receiver is marked with 2 inspection stamps; “eagle / 280” and “eagle / 37”. The bolt assembly is marked with the serial number in 4 places. The rear sight assembly is marked with the serial number in 3 places. The bottom metal, nosecap, and barrel band each appear to have been restamped with the serial number. The right side of the butt is marked “H”. 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 ramped base and under a protective hood. The rear sight is a “V” notched blade attached to a sliding sight escalator marked from “1-20”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The laminate stock has a pistol grip, scallop for the bolt handle, nose cap, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling bar, through bolt, slingwell, sling pass through, domed washer, and a metal buttplate. The stock hardware shows scrapes and scratches. The buttplate also shows surface erosion. The nosecap has been treated with cold blue and shows discoloration. Both sides of the butt and the left side of the stock, under the receiver, show large deep scratches. The laminate stock shows numerous scrapes, scratches and compression marks. Several have damaged small portions of the surface wood. Most of the 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.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The grooves and the area near the muzzle are grey. The rifling is deep. There is erosion near the muzzle and in the grooves. It is more prominent in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 25% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, and discoloration from oxidation. The bottom metal also shows light surface erosion. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep. The receiver markings have been filled with white paint. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. 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: The rifle comes with a leather sling that shows scrapes & light discoloration. It is in about Very Good Plus to Fine condition.
Our Assessment: This German K98 was made during WWII by J.P. Sauer und Sohn Gewehrfabrik, Suhl of Germany. It has seen some use but still has nice markings on the metal. The rifle has been rebuilt but retains many of its original markings. A few of the markings appear to have been restamped. The markings include matching part numbers and “eagle / swastika” stampings. This Nazi K98 looks good and will add to a WWII or Military collection.