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Old 01-19-2005, 06:02 PM   #1
 
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98K German Mauser

Just picked up a model 98 German mauser, it is in sweeeeet shape, its got a few swasticas under the eagle, not sure what that means, the receiver is marked BFY 5 - 41, where was this made and when, anybody know?? thanks.. oh, by the way, where do I get a cleaning rod for it, it doesnt have one...
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Old 01-19-2005, 07:13 PM   #2
 
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I think you mean "byf" for the code which would be manufactured by the Mauser plant in Oberndorf, Germany. That is their main facility. The "41" means it was made in 1941. Is the "5" between the two or is it right in front of the "41"? If the "5" looks more like a lightning bolt and is located between the two, that would signify it as being made either for the SS or made at a death camp, I can't remember which. It would be referred to as a "single rune" if this is the case.
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Old 01-20-2005, 07:26 PM   #3
 
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ok.

you are correct, it is BYF, and the 5 is located right above the BYF... thanks for your help.., oh, and what does the little eagle with a swastika under it mean, this thing is covered in them..
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Old 01-22-2005, 05:47 AM   #4
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Can you post a picture of the receiver and it's markings? The swastika and eagle on the left side of the receiver and barrel are the fire proofs that were stamped onto it when it was made. The other eagles with swastikas over numbers are the WaA's (Waffen Ampts) or inspector's markings. Prior to 1939 the Germans used the Weimar eagle on the rifles for fire proofs. Around '38-39 they started to phase in the Nazi eagles with swastikas and phased out the Weimar stick birds.

byf signifies that your rifle was made by Mauser (specifically Mauser Werke A.G., Oberndorf-am-Neckar). I'm not too sure that Mauser Werke produced SS rifles in 41 either. Known examples have only been found starting in 42. I'm not an expert on SS rifles but I believe that SS single rune coded rifles would have a bnz code, no letter block suffix after the serial #, and no acceptance proof mark on top of the receiver. Be advised that many forgeries exist out there in order to turn a $200 rifle into a $500 plus rifle.

The 5 above the byf could be what remains of the WaA and just looks like a 5 at this point due to wear. A picture of it would help answer a lot of questions. Oh and congratulations on getting a K98!!
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Old 02-19-2005, 11:40 AM   #5
 
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Be advised that many forgeries exist out there in order to turn a $200 rifle into a $500 plus rifle.
how can you determine a forge vs. an authentic K98? I plan on buying one next month...to add to my new hobby (bought a M1 Garand last month).
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Old 02-20-2005, 10:54 AM   #6
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byf is indeed Mauser. 41 is the year produced (1941). Baffled as to the 5. Photo would be helpful.

Those markings to which you refer are waffenamts - acceptance proofs and will have Nazi-styles eagles. The numbers under some of the eagles should be 655. The stock will most likely be laminated, if original to the gun (a small amount, however, were walnut). Upper and lower bands, floor plate and follower should all be milled rather than stamped, if not replacement parts.

Any numbers or markings on the barrel, just forward of the byf?
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Old 02-20-2005, 08:20 PM   #7
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BDA:

I have been shopping here in Ohio for a real K98. I don't want a RC or a sporterized one. Can you drop me a PM and give me some tips?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-27-2005, 04:48 AM   #8
 
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i also just got my first 98,its a nazi marked from j and g sales.the reciver says 1938 with 237 on the top.nazi proofs all over the place, and 2 kinds of eagles. how did i do? thanks
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Old 02-27-2005, 10:30 AM   #9
 
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ok

Drill sergeant and bda, here are some more detailed pics, hope these help. It is a 5 above the byf, there is no mistaken it, what could it mean?? thanks guys...
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Old 02-27-2005, 01:03 PM   #10
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I will venture a guess:

This may be a Russian Capture gun. The X is similar to other Russians that I have seen. If this is so, the 5 has been added after capture. It is not the same font as the German. The Russians did not always remove (ping) all of the eagles and Nazi markings.

Is there an import mark on the barrel?
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Old 02-27-2005, 03:52 PM   #11
 
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oh

yes, it is a Russian capture, I just wasnt sure if the 5 was original or not, the Russians did not remove any of the swastikers (that spelled right?) or eagles, this is a fine example of a German Kar 98, the gun is in almost perfect shape, bore is great muzzle and throat erosion are non-existant and all parts look to be new, even though it has been reparked they still look to be in very new shape. And the stock is emaculate. I love this gun, cant wait to shoot it.
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Old 02-27-2005, 06:02 PM   #12
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OK. So, how much was it?
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Old 02-27-2005, 06:32 PM   #13
 
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it was

Paid $249 bucks... I think that wasnt to bad..
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Old 02-28-2005, 08:42 AM   #14
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That's not a bad price at all if the rifle is in real nice condition. I have never seen a number 5 in place of an acceptance stamp and I don't think that the Russians did it either. They didn't scrub receiver's and remark them like the Yugo's did. They just left their X mark or pinged the swastika and moved on to the next rifle.
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Old 02-28-2005, 03:35 PM   #15
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Very interesting. I have found other markings placed by the Germans on these rifles, however not above the maker mark. That area seems to be reserved for the eagle (when present).

You may be correct, bda, however I'll keep looking. Still think that it may be a Russian mark.

Neat stuff, huh?
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Old 02-28-2005, 08:26 PM   #16
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You're right about that Drill! 1941 was the first year Mauser Oberndorf used the byf code from the previous 42 code. Maybe it was something they used in the transition? Too many Mausers and too many different examples to keep track of.
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Old 03-13-2005, 07:31 PM   #17
 
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well, thanks for the help guys, maybe some day ill find out what the 5 means. Took her out shooting, she did awesome, I think she shoots better than my yugo and czech mausers, very smooth....and accurate.
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