Lot 0303: 1941 Mauser Karabiner 98k 7,92×57 (Germany)
The Karabiner Kar 98k (k for kurz = short) was the last of the long line of Mauser rifles used by the German Army that started with Model 1871, the first to be designed around the now-famous bolt action developed by Peter Mauser.
Before World War I the Germans-as did the British with the Short Lee-Enfield in 1903 and the Americans with their short Springfield decided to produce a short version of the Gew 98, calling it the Karabiner 98. The main change was to reduce the length of the barrel by six inches, in addition the bolt handle was turned down and the wood of the stock was cut away to allow the bolt to be grasped more easily. The rear sight was also simplified. The weapon so created became the standard German infantry weapon of World War I and afterward completely replaced the Gew 98 rifle. Between the wars it was redesignated into the Kar 98a.
In the early 1930s the design was simplified to facilitate mass production, and the resulting weapon was adopted as the standard rifle for the new Wehrmacht in 1935 as the Kar 98k. It was produced by the millions in a number of factories, and production continued until the end of the war in 1945, because there were never sufficient automatic weapons to replace bolt-action rifles completely.
This weapon was produced by Mauser in 1941. The stock is equipped with two large purchase stamps and one small Luftwaffe stamp.
The iconic standard German infantry weapon of World War II!
Type and Model: Kar98k
Weapon number: 8446e
Year of Manufacturing: 1941
Length: 43.6 Inch (1,110 mm)
Manufacturers: Mauserwerke AG
Weight: 8 lb 9 oz (3.9 kg.)
Barrel: 23.6 in (600 mm); four grooves; right-hand-twist
System of operation: Mauser turn Bolt System
Feed system: 5 round integral box magazine
BAIV Reference: 0134
Location: Nederweert, The Netherlands.
Condition: In good condition with nice patina.
Permits: Will come with EU deactivation certificate.
Between € 750 and € 1.100