SOLD FOR: $2052.67
Make: Danzig Arsenal, Germany
Model: Gewehr 98 (Gew.98 or 1898)
Serial Number: 1602
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 “crown / DANZIG / 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” and “S D”. The top of the barrel shank is marked “S” and “7,92”. The barrel shank, bolt assembly, bottom metal, buttplate, barrel band, nosecap and bottom of the buttstock are marked with the serial number or the last 2 digits of the serial number. The underside of the bolt handle is marked with an “eagle” and a “crowned letter”. Many of the parts are marked with “crowned letters”. The bottom of the grip, bottom of the butt and right side of the butt are marked with “crowned letters”. There are a few other small stampings on the rifle.
The muzzle cover is marked with a number that does not match the serial number.
Barrel Length: Approximately 29 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set atop a 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 missing cleaning rod, barrel band, 2 sling loops, through bolt, marking disk and metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scratches and surface erosion. The stock shows numerous scrapes, scratches & compression marks. Several have damaged small portions of surface wood. The wood has been oiled. 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
Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is deep. There is erosion in the bore. It is more prominent at the muzzle and in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 25% of its metal finish. The metal shows scrapes, small scratches, discoloration from oxidation and light surface erosion. The screw heads show light use. The markings range from defined to deep. 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 and a muzzle cover.
Our Assessment: This German Gewehr 98 Mauser was made by Danzig back in 1916. This WWI rifle has its original parts including its “roller coaster” sights. The metal finish has some issues but the rifle has good markings that include matching part numbers on the metal & wood. This Gew. 98 will add to your Military or WWI collection. Good luck.