I have been given a project and I am looking for more information before I move on with it.
This is what I know:
- 1942 Oberndorf-am-Neckar Mauser Mod 98
- pretty sure the stock either has been modified (a lot) or replaced with after market
- numbers match every where except stock (do not remember if they had a SN)
- receiver has been modified (JB Welded) to accept a side peep sight, at least that is what it appears to be
So I am looking for any other information on this particular Mauser.
One other piece of information I would like is what is the difference between the Mauser Mod 98 and the K98
Hopefully I loaded the pictures correctly:
Thank you for your time.
Fyi, YES, your Oberndorf 98 Mauser has been "sporterized". = A military stock has been "Bubbaed" as HUNDREDS of THOUSANDS of war souvenirs were after WWII.
BEFORE you decide to fire it, get a QUALIFIED person to examine it CAREFULLY, as many of these military Mauser rifles (right after WWII) were RECHAMBERED to "8mm-06" to accept US .30-06 brass.
SOME were rechambered/rebored to other calibers, too, so you NEED to KNOW what caliber that YOUR rifle is..= I once had a 98 Mauser that had been rebored to 9.3x62mm.
SW, thank you for the info. Yes I figured I was going to have measure the chamber, just have to buy the cerrosafe to get it done. Still have to do some more research but I am leaning towards a full make over for the individual. He wants a shooter and with the information I am getting either through others or interweb I am not going to harm the value any. Hell might even make it a bit more onces it is cleaned up LoL.
With a 42 date, yours is a 98K. The K stands for Kurtz, which means short. Wikipedia is a good "Cliff's Notes" on 98 Mausers: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gewehr_98
I wouldn't worry about changing that rifle all you want. 98k's aren't rare by any means, and that one appears to be altered in a way that it would take a lot of effort to take it back to military (it looks re-blued).
So check the chamber and make sure it's safe to shoot. Once you have done that, just do whatever you want with it. A 1942 rifle is a very good rifle; that's before the Germans were getting desperate to turn out gazillions, so everything will be first rate quality on that rifle.
There are a lot of stock options out there, after market triggers etc. It's not expensive to have it drilled and tapped for a scope. Have fun with it.
GunGeek, thank you. Would you happen to know what the double e (think they are E's) are? That is one symbol I have not found a reference to.
I'm suspecting it was perhaps rebuilt/rebarreled at Erma Werke at some point.
On the letters following the SN, check with the Mauser bible "Backbone of the Wehrmacht" by Richard Law. Pretty sure the Germans used letters following the numbers to extend the numbering. The "ee" may just be part of your SN.
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