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The German code and date remain on the receivers. On examples I have seen, only receivers with clear stampings were generally selected for their better rifles. Some Nazi markings are altered or added to make rare rifles. There are no electro pencil markings, no pinged dirty birds, no shellac on the stock, and the bolt, butt plate, and stock washer are in the bright. The rifle comes with a cleaning rod and sight hood. Mitchell's Mauser's can be identified by an import stamp that contains “MMC FV CA” or “MCC Fountain Vly CA” usually stamped on the barrel. The MMC is the key to its identification.
In conclusion, I would say the Mitchell Mauser K98k can be considered a contemporary replica for shooters that do not have the same concerns of a true military collector. It is a well built, accurate, like new rifle with dubious markings that comes in a cool box at a somewhat high price. If you want an expensive great shooter that looks like a K98k with no historical value, this is a great rifle. It looks better than a non firing Denix replica to hang on the office wall. Some want a nice clean rifle to hang up- not a dirty bring back. I do not really consider them a true surplus rifle due to the Mitchell conversion.
The best Mitchell import marked K98k rifle is one that was rejected for rebuild. It was never tinkered with. Early in the marketing some of the rejects were sold as common RCs by Mitchells. It has the Mitchell's import mark on the barrel (MMC), but no other modifications were done to this lucky RC specimen. It is still a Russian capture, just that it's poor condition saved it from a replica-like conversion to a spic & span Mitchell’s K98k. These Russian captures have the Mitchell import mark on the barrel and were sold by Mitchell's as discards around 2006-2009. If I remember right, these were seen in old shotgun news ads. Considering all of the above, and factoring in the Mitchell price, I would rather have a nice gunsmith, 1950s professionally sporterized, K98 conversion of an original bring back as a shooter for my buck or just the RC with a MMC import mark.
Here are some of my comments from an old SRF post in 2012 a quote from my section that was lost in the SRF 2017 crash:
RC $300-500 vs Mitchell $ 400-800 old 2012 price
Mitchell is a completely redone, rehashed, scrubbed & renumbered, perfectly new like K98 that will shoot fine.
No historical value what so ever, zip
An RC will have a reddish to dark brown stock, the Mitchell a blond refinished to new, light colored stock--no aged patina. No shellac on an original K98 just an oiled finish with patina
The RC will have a heavy sand mark on the left where the Russians restamped the stock, with the serial # . The Mitchell will not exhibit heavy sanding at one spot where it has the former RC renumber on stock. On original K98 bring backs there is no serial # on the left side. Numbers were under the butt or in the barrel channel.
An RC ( most) will have a black blued bolt with electro serial number on the top ( this is forced match to the stamped original receiver #), Mitchell will have a renumber to match, stamped, sliver - polished like new bolt. Original K98 will have the bolt in the blue (Not in the White), all matching numbers on bolt that match receiver.
The RC receiver most likely will have the large "X ." Mitchell an Asterisk. Original K98s do not. The RC & Mitchell will have an import mark, Original K98 bring backs do not have import marks.
An RC will have a mix of serial numbers on the parts some will have line outs with electro # to match the receiver # ( variations do exist). THE Mitchell will be scrubbed and (FAKED) renumbered to match on all parts no line outs an all matching K98 Ha! Original K98s will have all matching numbers, or all most all matching. The bolt could match itself ,but not the rifle, due to mix ups while cleaning in the field. All parts will be correct style for the year. On a RC or Mitchell there is a mixture of late war and early war parts- machined and stamped parts - incorrect parts wrong style stock for the year.
Electro numbers on RC, Never on a Mitchell- all nicely restamped
The RC will generally come without a cleaning rod, sight hood, capture screws on the trigger assy. screws and sling ( Now some add originals after they buy an RC). Mitchells will have repro. sight hoods, repro cleaning rods, repro. capture screws, and a repro. sling as it comes. Original K98s generally have original cleaning rod, sight hood and capture screws. Early ones have code # stamped on screws. And an original sling may be present. Ya Hoo! to that.
The RC can have Nazi markings intact or more likely pinged out on the dirty birds. Generally the swastika is punched and appears as a dot - nicely done ping to remove the swastika leaving the stamped dot . All Nazi markings are intact on the Mitchell, and you may actually have some fake marks added!