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In Praise of the Gew 1888

Gew88, Gew98, Kar98 etc.
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Re: In Praise of the Gew 1888

#16 Post by Cattus Borealis » Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:46 am

Cool! Three regiments worth of service in your rifle before going to the Turks!

Neat bayonet.

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Re: In Praise of the Gew 1888

#17 Post by ffuries » Tue Dec 03, 2019 9:32 pm

Cattus Borealis wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 5:46 am
Cool! Three regiments worth of service in your rifle before going to the Turks!

Neat bayonet.
Got the rifle in Aug 2012 for $200.00 and found the bayonet for $35.00 on ebay not long afterwards. The rifle came with the cleaning rod and I got a awesome repro sling on the rifle, couldn't believe my luck on this rifle. All the pieces just fell into place within 2 weeks of getting it.

Love the history of these old rifles and it's fun figuring out the unit markings and trying to figure out where the rifle or at least parts of it has been.
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Re: In Praise of the Gew 1888

#18 Post by PennsylvaniaRifleman » Wed Dec 04, 2019 8:49 pm

ffuries wrote:
Tue Dec 03, 2019 12:40 am

Shoots great for an old rifle, and people are amazed at the age when I've got her out at the range
I agree their age helps make them special. Mine was built at Spandau in 1890, and can still shoot 3" groups (or less) at 100 yards. It's amazing to think of all the history it's seen--so much has happened in the world since 1890, when Queen Victoria reigned and Edison was perfecting the light bulb. When I get it out of the safe, I often marvel that it is older than virtually anything else in the entire town where I live. At the range, it just matter-of-factly goes about its business, completely oblivious to the fact that it is 129 years old. Honestly, how many other objects that age retain such utility after a lifetime of frequent neglect if not outright abuse? That's one of the things that makes this hobby so great to me.

Not bad for a rifle that was considered obsolescent before WWI, and virtually a grandfather by WWII. My three German rifles are each 26 years apart, and the youngest, my duv 42 98k, is 77 years old...
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Re: In Praise of the Gew 1888

#19 Post by Cattus Borealis » Thu Dec 05, 2019 6:24 pm

Nice Collection Pa Rifleman!

8x57mm is a great caliber.

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