Sold For: $ 1,200.55
Make: jhv. In 1943 jhv was the Nazi Ordnance code for Fémáru Fegyver és Gépgyár (FEG) in Budapest, Hungary.
Model: Mannlicher G98/40 Infantry Rifle (German Gewehr 98/40)
Serial Number: 1425
Year of Manufacture: 1941
Caliber: Originally 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)
Action Type: Bolt Action, Internal Magazine
Markings: There is no visible import mark. The top of the receiver is marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika / 173” Waffenamt, “jhv” and “43”. The left side of the receiver is marked with a Nazi “eagle / swastika”, with the serial number, “h” and “G 98/40”. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with an “eagle / swastika”. The bolt handle is marked with the serial number & “h”. The rear of the cocking indicator and the safety lever are each marked with the last 2 digits of the serial number. The underside of the rear sight, nosecap, barrel band, bottom metal (twice) and underside of the buttstock are each marked with the serial number. The underside of the buttstock is marked “jhv”. The underside of the grip and the wood ahead of the magazine are each marked with an “eagle / swastika / WaA173” Waffenamt.
Barrel Length: Approximately 23 3/4 Inches
Sights / Optics: The front sight is an inverted “V” post set under a protective hood. The rear sight is a sliding escalator marked from “1-20”.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The hardwood stock has a semi pistol grip, barrel band with sling loop, nosecap, hole for the included cleaning rod, sling well with sling pass through and a metal buttplate. The buttplate shows scratches and pin prick surface erosion. The stock shows several scrapes, small scratches & handling marks. There is staining to the stock (old Blood?). The LOP measures 13 1/2 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good Plus overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: Original
Bore Condition: The grooves are dark and the rifling is deep. There is erosion present, mostly in the grooves.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 90+% of its metal finish. The metal shows a freckling of surface erosion, scrapes and some discoloration from oxidation. The top front & right rear of the receiver has small patches of surface erosion showing through the new finish. The screw heads show use. The markings are deep. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good Plus condition.
Mechanics: The action functions 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: None
Our Assessment: This Rare Hungarian made Mannlicher G98/40 Infantry Rifle was made for the Nazi’s in 1943. It is a German contract gun that was made by Fémáru Fegyver és Gépgyár (FEG). The G98/40 is based on the Hungarian Mannlicher Model 1935 Infantry Rifle. It was redesigned for the German contract. The caliber was changed to 8mm Mauser, the bolt handle was turned down, a staggered Mauser magazine was fitted flush with the bottom of the stock and Mauser stock hardware was used. The rifle still has deep Nazi markings with intact “eagles” and “swastikas” on both the metal and wood.
For more information and photos of a complete Mannlicher G98/40 go to http://www.hungariae.com/Mann9840.htm. Good Luck.