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Re: Military Surplus k98ks commonly found at gun shows

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:31 pm
by 72 usmc
German WW2 K98 Mauser, an interesting Gew Rebuild

I am providing photos and links for two specimens. The first is Libertytreecollector' Spandau 1917s with a replacement barrel and Beswick's, 1918, C G Haenal Suhl, Gew98 with the original Gew 98 barrel cut down. I am providing photos from the sources because if one has an outdated computer sometimes the links do not open. Other times the original link/post is gone/deleted. So here is a documented record of two nice Gew 98s converted to K98k rifles.

Here is an odd duck, a K98 made up from a rebuilt GEW 98 in 1937. Not what I would call a cheep or a commonly found K98. I have never seen one of these at a gun show in WI. I wonder how many of these were made? Source is Libertytreecollectors: ... dcategory=
What they say about this jewel.
This offering is for the pictured German WW2 K98 Mauser Rifle. An interesting configuration of parts, likely assembled into K98 configuration as need for the war effort.

From the Craig Brown German Mauser Collection.

Receiver is WW1 Spandau Arsenal, dated 1917, metal finish is mostly a worn blue, attractive gun metal gray in most of the receiver area.
Serial numbers no longer match but these parts match the receiver, barrel, rear sight, bolt stop, butt plate, follower, floor plate and trigger guard. Band are mis matched and unmarked. bolt is mis matched. Barrel is an Erma marked replacement.
Sound Laminated stock and hand guard, both un numbered.
Chambered in 8mm Mauser the bore is brite with very good rifling, slight frost in the grooves. Not import marked.
When it's sold the pictures will be gone so here are some highlights from their photos so they stay as a record.

Re: Military Surplus k98ks commonly found at gun shows

Posted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:32 pm
by 72 usmc
Here is a link to another example on the K98 forum with some nice close up views, so they must be out there? Beswick's C G Haenal Suhl Gew98 rework to a K98k. You got to see this fine example; compliments of the K98 forum link shown below. He has some great views. ... -98-Rework

Re: Military Surplus k98ks commonly found at gun shows

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:35 am
by 72 usmc
Here are some of the pictures you can not see in Beswick's, 1918, C G Haenal Suhl, Gew98 rework to a K98k. All pictures are from above source: Beswick photos ... -98-Rework
A truly fantastic rifle. This source hidden views are reposted here:

Re: Military Surplus k98ks commonly found at gun shows

Posted: Thu Aug 02, 2018 9:37 am
by 72 usmc
More Beswick hidden views:
Some deletion problems on a duplicate?? :doh: This lower photo is a duplicate that does not want to go away?

I guess we can all add a very hard to find, I have never seen one at a show in Wi, example of a Gew98 converted to a k98k to our list. Also, the impossible to find: Norwegian 30-06 K98k. Those are two you just never see. The big time collectors on the 98 forum sure have some great finds. Note the condition and patina of the metal & wood on this rifle- what dreams are made of. I guess if one was lucky to find one in such nice condition, the price would be beyond the reach of most. Values seem to be around $1000 and who knows at todays market's crazy prices. Most likely much more. :think:

Re: Military Surplus k98ks commonly found at gun shows

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 9:03 am
by 72 usmc
Time for a switch on the german K98. Any see anything at the shows.

Re: Military Surplus k98ks commonly found at gun shows

Posted: Wed Sep 26, 2018 10:25 am
by indy1919a4
Picked up a nice 1893 "Argentine" Mauser carbine in 7.65.. But here was the catch it had a spanish Crest on it.. So it turned out to be one of the 10,000 carbines that were being made for Argentina, But were shipped to Spain from Mauser for the 1893-94 rebellion in the City state of Melilla in Spanish Morocco. After the Rebellion was put down. These guns were not wanted back in Spain, because Spain standardized to the 7mm cartridge. So these were sent off to Cuba... So the story goes... and then later captured in Cuba and sold to Bannerman and then by Bannerman.

The rifle is stamped Berlin 1894 so it was one of the few Rifles that not already made for Argentina, but was finished for Spain, When the emergency in Melilla happen and then was shipped to Morocco for the battles that took place in 1894... It shows how fast things can ship at the turn of the 20th Century

Re: Military Surplus k98ks commonly found at gun shows

Posted: Thu Sep 27, 2018 12:30 am
by 72 usmc
I stumbled upon an old gun boards post that I really like; I could not have said it better:

It has to do with Russian Captures and the urge to modify them & spoken by Gunboard's member Fritz:
There is a whole lot of wisdom here.
Senior Member

The argument for leaving it on is as follows:

It is a part of the history of the gun: Removing it is no different than removing shellac finish from a 1939 K31 that was refurbished in 1951 (and so marked) and then applying a linseed-wax finish correct for 1939. It is no longer correct as it left service, it has been restored to an earlier configuration. A knowledgeable collector will know the rifle is no longer like the Russian packed it away after refurbishment. That which is done cannot be undone.

A lot of collectors cannot resist the urge to make their arms pretty. In a few decades the guns with the shellac will have added value for being in the last issued configuration. Similar to guys with unissued No4 MK II guns in the grease wrap. Many cannot resist the urge to unwrap and so now 15 years after imported, the ones still in the wrap are worth a 200 dollar premium (to some people) over a perfect rifle with the wrap removed.

Now some may find the above comparison silly, but consider the red shellac coated K98K rifle were set up for long term storage that way: the shellac-iodine mix was meant to preserve the wood in storage (prevent the wood drying out and mold).

Further just because today folks like rifles that look a certain way does not mean that will be the case 25 years from now. In 1965 sporting old military rifles was the thing to do: By 1985 collectors look on them as "butchered" guns, despite the fact many of them are very nicely done. But fashion changes and arms that were sported along the lines of what was considered modern in 1965 seem very dated today in a time when plastic stocks with stainless metal and a scope are the norm.

Case in point: in 1995 SCW arms were pretty much ignored, now there is a small set of collectors who want them, and they want them as they left Spanish service. Today everyone want a K98K as it left German service and so many post war reworks are being humped back into that which approximates that condition. The time may come when the post-war Russian, Hungarian, east German, west German, middle eastern, Czech, Romanian and Yugo modified K98K rifles that saw use in the post war conflicts from 1945 to 2000 are seen a highly collectable in their last issued form.

Yes there are arguments for removing the shellac, but this post was specific to the argument for retaining same.
source of quote: ... -remove-it

Re: Military Surplus k98ks commonly found at gun shows

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:39 am
by indy1919a4
Ahhh The vagaries of collecting

Price = ((Object + Desire) x (Time + youthful desires & Wishes / Mortality) - Changing society desires & Norms ) / your desire to spend money that week