SOLD FOR: $2725
Make: Mauser Oberndorf. In 1943 “byf” was the wartime German code for Mauser Werke AG, Oberndorf a/N.
Serial Number: 24626a
Year of Manufacture: 1943
Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Barrel Length: Approximately 23 3/4 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted V post set atop a ramped base. The rear sight is a V notched blade attached to a sliding sight escalator.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The two piece laminate stock has a pistol grip, scallop for the bolt handle, nose cap with bayonet lug, hole for the included cleaning rod, barrel band with sling bar, through bolt, sling well, sling pass through, and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scrapes and light surface erosion. The stock shows numerous scrapes, scratches, and compression marks. Several of the marks have damaged small portions of the surface wood. The butt shows hairline surface cracks. The LOP measures 13 1/8 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: Refinished
Bore Condition: The muzzle and grooves are gray. The rifling is deep. There is erosion in the bore. It is mostly in the grooves.
In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates a 6 out of 10.
Many military and C&R-eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950s.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 92% its metal finish as refinished. The metal shows scrapes, scratches, and areas of light thinning. The action shows operational wear. One of the small bottom metal capture screws has had its head sheared off. The markings on the metal are deep. The stock markings are faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition as refinished.
Mechanics: The action function correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with a reproduction K98 sling.
Our Assessment: This German K98 was made at the Mauser Oberndorf factory in Germany back in 1943. It most likely saw action during WWII and has since been rebuilt. The metal has been refinished so the rifle looks pretty good for its age. The rifle has nice markings on the metal and a bore that can do plenty of work. Some of the parts have been restamped with deep markings that include the serial number.
…Now go shoot something!