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Lot 402: World War II Steyr-Daimler "bnz45" Code K98k Bolt Action Rifle

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Late World War II Steyr-Daimler "bnz45" Code K98k Kriegsmodell Bolt Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,600 - $2,500

Late World War II Steyr-Daimler "bnz45" Code K98k Kriegsmodell Bolt Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Steyr
Model: K98
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 7.92 mm Mauser
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: phosphate/blue
Stock: laminate
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Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 332
Class: Curio & Relic Long Gun

Introduced late in World War II, the "Kriegsmodell" (War Model) 98k was designed for easier and faster production, increasing the number of stamped components while eliminating some features. This particular K98k was produced in the "t" suffix range, placing it very late in the war at a time when getting rifles in the hands of soldiers was the main priority at the expense of fit and finish, as a last ditch effort. Fitted with a hooded blade front and tangent rear sight on the "EO" stamped barrel, with "Mod.98/bnz45" on the receiver ring, and "WaA623" proofs on both the barrel and receiver ring. Matching full and partial serial number markings visible on the barrel, bolt, bolt safety sleeve, rear sight and rear sight base. Fitted with a stamped "SVW" trigger guard and "byf" floor plate, and a pair of screw-secured stamped and welded barrel bands. Crude cast bolt safety sleeve. Fitted in a smooth laminated pistol grip stock and hand guard, with an "eagle/swastika/H" Heer stamp (partially defaced) on the right of the buttstock and a cupped steel buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Excellent, retains 95% original phosphate finish, and 80% original blue finish on the bolt. Stock is fine with a few chips along the right edge, an absent 1/2 inch wide sliver on the right of the buttstock, and otherwise defined edges. Mechanically excellent.

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