Patterned as closely as possible after the Gewehr 98 military rifle, the "Wehrmannsgewehr" was intended for civilian or paramilitary target practice, using the commercial 8.15x46 cartridge instead of the 7.92x57, which was restricted post-WWI. This specific rifle was presented to or used by a college fraternity type organization called a Technische Studenten Verbindung, which were known for their particularly radical and patriotic political views when it came to the Third Reich. This affiliation is evidenced in various ways including the "eagle/swastika" and "T. ST. V" ("Technische Studenten Verbindung") on top of the receiver ring along with the serial number, as well as with what appears to be a club sticker on the bottom of the butt marked with some illegible writing, "eagle/swastika", and is dated 1944. The left of the barrel at the breech has the serial number and caliber marking, and the left of the receiver has "crown/letter" proofs, and the Mauser Oberndorf address. The Mauser banner is marked on the top rear of the receiver. Various small parts show the partial serial number. Fitted with blade and elevation adjustable Haenel style rear sights and mounted with a nicely figured pistol grip stock with a serrated buttplate. Provenance: The Buckstix Collection
Very fine, retains 95% plus of the original blue finish with some light edge wear and a few scattered small patches of rough oxidation. The nicely figured wood is very good with some scattered minor dings and scratches, a duffel cut under the middle barrel band, and a thin coating of varnish, including over the sticker. Mechanically excellent.
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