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Lot 1514: German K98k High Turret Sniper Rifle with Scope

Auction Date: August 27, 2022

World War II German Mauser K98k High Turret Sniper Rifle with Scope

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $5,000 - $7,500

World War II German Mauser K98k High Turret Sniper Rifle with Scope

Manufacturer: Mauser
Model: 98
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 7.92 mm Mauser
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: laminate
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 368
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun
Description:

This is a solid representative example of a late World War II German high turret sniper rifle that was manufactured by the Mauser factory, fitted with a Dialytan 4x "bmj" code sniper scope. The top of the receiver ring is covered by the front turret scope base, reinforced with correct late war style soldering around the edges. The breech end of the barrel, left of the receiver and left of the rear scope base correctly have a small "Eagle/135" proof from the Mauser factory, with the receiver side wall marked "MOD 98". The receiver and barrel are period factory renumbered to match. The rifle has a late war stamped trigger guard and follower with a set of stamped barrel bands both marked with matching partial serial number "0623". The matching numbered bolt is wearing a correct "flattened" sniper safety. The stamped floorplate is maker marked "byf" with two "eagle/135" marks and the matching serial number. The rifle is fitted with a late war laminated stock numbered "31100" inside the stock channel, and laminated handguard numbered "30623" underneath to match the rifle, with a checkered steel buttplate. The scope tube is marked "DIALYTAN 4X/bmj" and "69825/+" on the left. The scope has the correct style sniper elevation knob on top graduated from 100-800 meters. The left of the front scope ring is numbered "36996 i", and the underside of the rear scope ring mount is marked with a period overstamped "33996" (likely a factory error with the second digit differing from the front base number). Includes a brown leather sling and reproduction leather scope caps. Relevant information and similar pictured examples can be found on pages 54-62 of the book "Backbone of the Wehrmacht Volume II: Sniper Variations of the German K98k Rifle" by Richard D. Law. Provenance: The Steven Preston Military Collection

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 95% arsenal refurbished blue finish with a few areas of light pitting beneath the finish. Stock is also fine as lightly arsenal sanded and re-oiled with some light scratches and a few small cracks at the rear of the handguard. Mechanically excellent. Scope is fine with 50% of the original blue finish remaining and smooth brown patina with some scattered light pitting on the balance, and slightly hazy optics.



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