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"BSW" on "bnz 4" k98. Meaningful?

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"BSW" on "bnz 4" k98. Meaningful?

#1 Post by kbog1234 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:34 am

I have this totally mismatched "BNZ 4" K98. It has a BSW logo on the right side of the receiver, and no lightning bolt runes that I have found. Any idea what the "BSW" means? I have not yet seen a photo of another like it. Is this rare?

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#2 Post by indy1919a4 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:55 am

BSW .. Berlin Suhler Waffen the renamed SUHL company. The Nazi Government in the mid 30s took over the SUHL company from Simpson family because they were Jewish and kicked them out of Germany. The company went though many name changes as it changed through the late 30s and 40s.
They made a wonderful line of Military 22 trainers in the late 30s..
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#3 Post by B32dominator » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:17 am

Due to the earlier Weimar waffenamt eagle and the fact that BSW made the Kar98k through 1940 I would think it was an unused receiver or even a refurb receiver. I would tend to lean towards unused. I also believe your rifle is an SS contract or rebuild for the SS. The lack of waffenamt (army acceptance proofs) usually denotes this. Have you posted this on the K98k forum? They have some experts who could give you more information than me. It's a very interesting rifle.

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#4 Post by toot » Sat Jul 01, 2017 9:14 am

i think you have a very interesting gun.

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#5 Post by kbog1234 » Sat Jul 01, 2017 8:47 pm

I really appreciate the replies I got here. I was getting cold feet about trading that K98 for another Mauser today. I finally ended up going through with it: The K98 is gone and I brought home a VZ 98/22 in much finer condition.

I know... I already feel like there's a hole in my modest collection that can only be filled by another K98. The fact of the matter is this: I enjoy punching holes in paper targets with milsurp firearms, and the K98 was not accurate nor consistent. It was pretty beat, especially as far as bore condition is concerned. This Czech mauser that I acquired today is in superior condition and will certainly be a better shooter.

I am pretty sure that this deal was an even swap as far as cash value in today's market is concerned: I fell into the K98 for a very reasonable price when I acquired it. The concensus here and elsewhere, is, as Toot put it, that it is an interesting rifle, but not much more than that.

There are way better K98's out there to be found. I am really happy with the 98/22. I hope the K98's new owner is pleased with his end of the deal.

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