SOLD FOR: $2625.01
Make: Mauser Obernforf, Germany.
Model: Gewehr 98 (Gew. 98 or 1898)
Serial Number: 5663 W
Year of Manufacture: 1916
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 “WAFFENFABRIK / MAUSER A.-G. / OBERNDORF A/N / 1916”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a German “eagle”, the serial number and “Gew. 98”. The right side of the receiver is marked with three “crowned letters”. The top of the barrel shank is marked “S” and “790”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with the serial number. The bolt assembly is marked with numbers that do not correlate to the serial number, with an “eagle” and with “crowned letters”. The bottom metal and stock hardware are marked with the last 2 digits of the serial number and/or “crowned letters”. The right side of the butt (3 times), bottom of the butt (twice), and bottom of the grip are each marked with “crowns letters”. The bottom of the butt is marked with the serial number (no letter suffix).
Barrel Length: Approximately 29 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set atop a small ramped base. The rear “roller coaster” sight is a sliding “V” notched sight escalator that is marked for differing elevations on the top, left and right of the sight base. The top of the base is marked from “5-20” and the sides are both marked from “4 – 20” in increments of 2.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece hardwood stock has a pistol grip, nosecap with bayonet lug & stacking hook, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling loop, through bolt, sling base under the butt, marking disk and metal buttplate. A quick release sling loop is attached to the sling base. The buttplate and stock hardware show scratches, discoloration from oxidation, and surface erosion. The stock shows numerous scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Several have damaged or removed small portions of surface wood. The LOP measures 13 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Good to Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The muzzle & grooves are grey and the rifling is deep. There erosion in the bore. It is more prominent in the grooves and at the muzzle.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 30% of its metal finish. The metal shows scratches, discoloration from oxidation and light surface erosion. The screw heads show heavy use and oxidation. The markings on the receiver are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about 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 has a muzzle cover installed. It shows scrapes & discoloration from oxidation. It is in Good condition. The rifle has a leather sling attached. It shows scrapes, discoloration & surface creasing. It is in about Very Good Plus condition.
Our Assessment: This German Gewehr 98 Mauser was made back in 1916 at the Mauser Oberndorf. This WWI era rifle has seen some use but should clean up a bit. It still has lots of nice markings on the metal and the roller coaster sights are in good shape for being over 100 years old. Roller Coaster sights and deep receiver markings make this Gewehr 98 Mauser worth collecting. Good luck.