SOLD FOR: $2126.01
Make: Simson & Company. Suhl, Germany
Model: Gewehr 98 (Gew. 98 or 1898)
Serial Number: 8482
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 “SIMSON & Co / SUHL / 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 3 “crowned letters”. The top of the barrel shank is marked “S” and “7,91”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with the serial number. The bolt handle knob is marked with the serial number. The bolt handle is marked with “crossed out numbers”. The bottom metal and bottom of the butt are marked with the serial number. Many of the metal parts are marked with numbers that correlate to the serial number and/or “crowned letters”. Some parts are marked with numbers that do not correlate to the serial number. The grip & buttstock are marked with “crowned letters”.
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 shows scratches, discoloration and light surface erosion. The stock shows numerous scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Several have damaged or removed small portions of surface wood. The LOP measures 13 1/8 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original to Rebuild
Bore Condition: The muzzle & grooves are gray. The rifling is deep. There is erosion in the bore. It is more prominent in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 33% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, scratches, discoloration from oxidation and areas of light surface erosion. The screw heads show use. The markings on the receiver are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good to 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: None
Our Assessment: This German Gewehr 98 Mauser was made back in 1916 by Simson & Company of Suhl, Germany. It is in pretty good shape for a WWI rifle that is over 100 years old. It still has lots of nice markings on the metal and the roller coaster sights work great. Roller Coaster sights and the scarce “SIMSON & Co / SUHL” receiver markings make this Gewehr 98 Mauser worth collecting. Good luck.