Bangor, Maine - Ammoland. The K98 was the standard issue rifle for one of the most notorious and violent regimes in history, Nazi Germany. The rifle went on to see use in other conflicts after World War Two and was even used ironically by the Israelis. The K98 is also regarded as one of the finest military bolt action rifles in history.
The Gew 98 action was the final product of several years of development and earlier Mauser designs such as the Model, and rifles. The Gew 98 proved to be a reliable weapon but it was long and heavy.G33/40: German Elite Alpine Troops' Carbine
Carbine versions of the Gew 98 had been issued in smaller numbers to specialized German troops during World War One but they never became standardized. Following the war both FN in Belgium and the Czechs began producing a shortened version of the 98 Mauser called the Model The Model was sold all over the world and was a success. To get around the Treaty of Versailles the Standard Modell was intended for export rather than domestic sale, however some of these guns were bought within Germany.
This rifle had a turned down bolt handle, and had the same barrel length as the Standard Modell. Further improvements and changes were made to the Reichspost Rifle which resulted in the K98 rifle, which was adopted as a the standard rifle of the German Army in K98s were produced by a wide variety of companies including Erma, Mauser Oberndorf, J.
Sauer, and Steyr. Over 14 million were produced by the end of World War Two, making it one of the most widely produced infantry rifles of all time. When Germany invaded Poland inthe K98 would have the chance to go to war. The gun was used in every major battle and theater where Germany fought including North Africa, Eastern Europe, France, and the Balkans. Although there were semi automatic and select fire weapons available later in the war, such as the G43 and MP43, there were never enough to supplant the K98 as the standard service rifle.
Some K98 rifles were fitted with 1. These were not intended to be sniper rifles but rather to be given to infantrymen who demonstrated superior marksmanship abilities. This concept is similar to the role of designated marksmen in the US Military today who have specialized rifles like M14s, or the MK12 Special Purpose rifle.
Other K98 rifles were set up as sniper rifles. K98 sniper rifles had a variety of mounts and optics. These optics were larger than the ZF41 and varied from 4x power to 8x power scopes. As the tide of war changed against Nazi Germany, changes were made to simplify K98 rifle production.
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From the end of World War II through the late s, many thousands of Mauser rifles hit American shores via the surplus market. While many were preserved in their original military configuration, a great number were sporterized for hunting and target shooting. The action made for an economical sporting rifle build when compared to sporting rifles built by Remington, Winchester, and Savage.
Typically, the barrel was replaced and the stock either modified or changed out to what is known as a sporter stock. These rifles were popular and chief alternatives to newly manufactured domestic made hunting rifles.
The older sporterized rifles were often converted and housed in stocks of questionable origin. While there are many that reflect master craftsmanship with regard to caliber conversions, trigger work and handmade stocks; the majority were put into the cheapest stocks that could be found or had the original military stocks cut and altered. Photo Source: Paul Mauser Archive. Not only was it one of the most widely distributed military bolt-action rifles in history, but it has influenced the designs of many modern bolt-action rifles over years later.
They also manufactured, or had manufactured under license, tens of thousands of what are known as small ring Mausers such as the 91, 93, 94, 95 and 96 models. The action is strong enough to handle belted Magnum cartridges such as the Winchester Magnum. This made them an ideal candidate for sporting rifle conversions. It has small differences such as the handguard and sights and a straight bolt handle as opposed to the turned down version found on the 98K.
Their lower price made them desirable for the art of sporterizing. Mauser Argentino Perhaps one of the most graceful looking Mauser rifles of all time, the Argentino sports fine roll marks and national crests on the barrel and receiver.
Many of these were ground off as the rifles often switched sides by partisans and invading armies in South America and the loss of these markings lead to their devaluation and potential collect-ability and thus, their potential for sporter conversions.German ordnance began looking for a military selfloading rifle to augment the K98k as early as the s, although the pressures of war initially made that development a second priority. Bythough, two competing designs from the Walther and Mauser companies had been developed to the point of mass production, as the Gewehr 41 W and Gewehr 41 M rifles.
These both shared a gas-trap operating system to comply with an HWa requirement that no gas ports be drilled into the barrels.
When it came to locking systems, the two designs differed greatly, with the Walther being the more successful of the two. Thousands of examples of both designs were put into field testing, mostly in the East, and it because clear that the gas trap system was not suitable for combat.
The Walther company responded with a new version of their design which used a much more modern short stroke gas piston, basically copied from the Soviet SVT rifle. The G43 was very quickly recognized as a significant improvement over the G41 Wand was very quickly put into production, with approximatelybeing manufactured by the end of the war. Well, I found an example of the G43 that I could shoot thank you, Mike and took it out for some video….
It has all of the typical late war improvements including the heavy barrel, single bolt guide, repositioned extractor, stainless steel gas piston, and three millimeter gas cylinder relief holes, all of which contribute to accuracy and relibility. I had a long detailed reply, but it was somehow erased, so no the short version. The right locking lug showed carbon on 3 sides indicating it had fractured long ago, there was a small air hole that formed during casting in the center of it.
Imagine what would have happened if it had come apart at firing. It fired 2 hots quickly from a single trigger pull. He has the worse case of scope eye I ever saw. I use mine and many other people do too.
Are there any companies manufacturing replicas or reproductions? Lovely right? Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.
Notify me of new posts by email. Site developed by Cardinal Acres Web Development. Contact Ian. Home German WW2 rifles Gewehr 43 German ordnance began looking for a military selfloading rifle to augment the K98k as early as the s, although the pressures of war initially made that development a second priority. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.Although supplemented by semi- and fully automatic rifles during World War II, it remained the primary German service rifle until the end of the war in Millions were captured by the Soviets at the conclusion of World War II and were widely distributed as military aid.
The Karabiner 98k therefore continues to appear in conflicts across the world as they are taken out of storage during times of strife. In February the Heereswaffenamt Army Weapons Agency ordered the adoption of a new military rifle.
The Karabiner 98k was derived from earlier rifles, namely the Mauser Standardmodell of and the Karabiner 98b, which in turn had both been developed from the Gewehr Since the Karabiner 98k rifle was shorter than the earlier Karabiner 98b the 98b was a carbine in name only, a version of Gewehr 98 long rifle with upgraded sightsit was given the designation Karabiner 98 kurzmeaning "Carbine 98 Short". The pattern 7. It was found that the s. Patroneoriginally designed for long range machine gun use, produced less muzzle flash out of rifles that had a shorter barrel and also provided better accuracy.
Because of this the S Patrone was phased out in and the s. Patrone became the standard German service ball cartridge in the s. The Karabiner 98k is a controlled-feed bolt-action rifle based on the Mauser M98 system.
Its internal magazine can be loaded with five 7. This change made it easier to rapidly operate the bolt, reduced the amount the handle projected beyond the receiver, and enabled mounting of aiming optics directly above the receiver.
Each rifle was furnished with a short length of cleaning rod, fitted through the bayonet stud. The joined rods from 3 rifles provided one full-length cleaning rod.
The metal parts of the rifle were blueda process in which steel is partially protected against rust by a layer of magnetite Fe 3 O 4. Such a thin black oxide layer provides only minimal protection against rust or corrosion, unless also treated with a water-displacing oil to reduce wetting and galvanic corrosion. The impractical "Langevisier" or "rollercoaster" rear sight of the Mauser Gewehr was replaced with a conventional tangent leaf sight.
The Karabiner 98k rear tangent sight was flatter compared to and does not obstruct the view to the sides during aiming as the Langevisier long sight. Originally, the Karabiner 98k iron sight line had an open-pointed-post-type front sight, and a tangent-type rear sight with a V-shaped rear notch.
These standard sight lines consisted of somewhat coarse aiming elements, making it suitable for rough field handling, aiming at distant area fire targets and low-light usage, but less suitable for precise aiming at distant or small point targets. It is graduated for 7. Patrone cartridges loaded with The sight line of early productions rifles have the ranging scale copied at the bottom of the tangent aiming element for setting the range whilst lying down.
Early Karabiner 98k rifles had solid walnut wood or from some had solid oak wood one-piece stocks. From onwards the rifles had laminated stocksthe result of trials that had stretched through the s.
The laminated stocks were, due to their dense composite structure, somewhat heavier compared to one-piece stocks. The butts of the semi-pistol grip Karabiner 98k stocks were not uniform. Until early the stocks had a flat buttplate. After some stocks had a cupped buttplate to prevent the separation of the butt stock. All stocks had a steel buttplate. The rifle grenade launcher could be used against infantry, fortifications and light armored vehicles up to a range of m yd. For these differing tasks, several specialized grenades with accompanying special propelling cartridges were developed for the 1, produced Schiessbecher rifle grenade launchers.
The rifle grenade-propelling cartridges fired a wooden projectile through the barrel to the rifle grenade that, upon impact, automatically primed the rifle grenade. The HUB weighs 0.
Starting in lateKarabiner 98k production began transition to the Kriegsmodell "war model" variant. This version was simplified to increase the rate of production, removing the bayonet lug, cleaning rod, stock disc which functions as a bolt disassembly tooland other features deemed to be unnecessary.I am seeking information for a friend regarding two mauser rifles. One is a single shot bolt action carbine, barrel lenght of about 18 or 19 inches.
I can make out two stampings, "" and "Model ". The other rifle is a bolt action repeater, actually feeding from a tube magazine under the 30 inch barrel. Neither rifle has any designation for caliber, but he also has a single box of very old ammuniton that fits both guns and actually still fires. It is advertised as "43 or 11mm Mauser".
On the back of the box it says it fires a grain bullet at FPS. Any information you could provide regarding these two guns would be much appreciated.
Last edited by AdamHnetka; at AM. Jack Monteith. There's some info on the cartridge here. Bolt Action Rifles, by Frank de Haas, has a chapter on them.
Hungarian Weapons - Mannlicher 43M Infantry Rifles
Bye Jack. Last edited by Jack Monteith; at PM. Fascinating snapshot of military rifle development right as repeaters were in their infancy and smokeless powder was just over the horizon. Pictures would be helpful. There's been some recently imported to the U. First one look like this? JPG Second? Remove Advertisements.
H.Scherping 43 Mauser Double Rifle
Adam, These are very interesting rifles, and beautifully made as would be expected of Germany in the 's. This is a little duplication, but I'll do it anyway. The Carbine is a Modelthe is year of manufacture.
If you look on the top flat of the short octagon section of the barrel it will be marked as to manufacturer. This is a magazine version of the model There should be a date on this also, between and or ' The lever at the left rear of the receiver is the magazine cut-off.
You think it is heavy, just load the magazine and see how it feels!The design was based on that of the earlier G41 Wbut incorporating an improved short-stroke piston gas system similar to that of the Soviet Tokarev SVTand it incorporated innovative mass-production techniques. Germany's quest for a semi-automatic infantry rifle resulted in two designs — the G41 M and G41 Wfrom Mauser and Walther arms respectively. The Mauser design was introduced in and at least 12, were made, but it proved unreliable in combat.
The Walther design fared better in combat but still suffered from reliability problems. The problems with both designs stemmed from a demand made by the Army that the rifles not use holes drilled into the barrel, known as portsto run the automatic loading mechanism.
Meeting this requirement meant the designs had to use uncommon mechanisms that were simply unreliable and highly prone to fouling. It was clearly superior to the G41's, and simpler as well. InWalther combined a similar gas system with aspects of the G41 W providing greatly improved performance.
It was accepted and entered into service as the Gewehr 43, renamed Karabiner 43 in Aprilwith production amounting to just overbetween and Just prior to the opening of hostilities the Soviet Red Army had started re-arming its infantry, complementing its older bolt-action rifles with the new semi-automatic SVTs and SVTs. This was a shock to the Germans, who ramped up their own semi-automatic rifle development efforts significantly.
The SVT series used a simpler gas-operated mechanism, which was soon emulated by Walther in its successor to the G41 Wproducing the Gewehr 43 or G The simpler, sturdier design and mechanism of the G43 made it lighter, easier to produce, more reliable and also much tougher than the Gewehr 41; elite German mountain troops would use them as ladder rungs during climbing. The addition of a round stamped-steel detachable box magazine was an improvement over the integral box magazine of the G41 W. The Gewehr 43 was intended, like the G41, to be loaded using 5-round stripper clips without removing the magazine.
The G43 utilises the same flapper-locked mechanism as its predecessor. The Gewehr 43 was put into production in Octoberand followed in by the Karabiner 43 K43which was identical to the G43 in every way except for the letter stamped on the side.
The name change from Gewehr to Karabiner carbine was due to the fact the rifle was actually two centimetres shorter than the standard Karabiner 98k and therefore the term Gewehr meaning: long rifle was somewhat unfitting. The Wehrmacht intended to equip each grenadier infantry company in the army with 19 G43s, including 10 with scopes, for issue as the company commander saw fit.
This issue was never completely achieved.
The iron sight line had a hooded pointed-post-type front sight, and a tangent-type rear sight with a V-shaped rear notch. These standard sight lines consisted of somewhat coarse aiming elements, making it suitable for rough field handling, aiming at distant area fire targets and low-light usage, but less suitable for precise aiming at distant or small point targets. It is graduated for 7. Patrone cartridges loaded with Walther used its satellite production facilities at Neuengamme concentration camp in addition to its main production facilities at Zella-Mehlis to make the rifles It does not appear that complete weapons were assembled in the camps, similar to how Radom P35 pistols were assembled in occupied RadomPoland without their barrels, which were built and installed by Steyr in AustriaWilhelm Gustloff-Werke used some slave workers to augment its depleted staff from Buchenwald concentration camp.
The Gewehr 43 stayed in service with the Czechoslovak People's Army for several years after the war. Likewise the East German Border Troops and Volkspolizei were issued reworked G43 rifles, which are recognizable by a sunburst proof mark near the serial number and the serial number engraved by electropencil on removable components.
The important consideration is that no changes were made to the rifle design specifically to coincide with the nomenclature change from Gewehr to Karabiner, with the exception of the letter stamped on the side. Careful study of actual pieces will show that many G-marked rifles had features found on K-marked rifles and vice versa.
There is therefore no difference in weight or length between the G43 and the K Although G43's have threaded muzzles with removable nuts for a blank adapter, the K43 does not have this feature. An unknown number of late-war K43 rifles were chambered for the 7. When equipped with a scope, it was exclusively the ZF 4 4-power telescopic sight. Many strange variations have shown up after the war, but all have been proven to be the work of amateur gunsmiths. Rifles with broken-off butts are common, as German soldiers were instructed to render semi-automatic rifles useless when in danger of capture.
In June the Mauser Werke's Weapons Research Institute and Weapons Development Group decided to adapt the Gewehr 43 design to use a relatively cheap to produce roller locked action. The production Gewehr 43 used a more expensive to produce and less sturdy Kjellman-style flapper locking system. These locking methods are similar in concept. Although the prototype rifle was machined it was designed with pressing and stamping steel components production methods in mind to simplify mass production and keep production costs low.
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