In use from 1939 through 1945, the "high turret" sniper was one of the most effective sniper weapons in the German arsenal; ways were found to make less expensive snipers, but they never introduced a better model during the war. Blade front and tangent rear sights, with the scope mounts screwed and welded to the receiver. "Eagle/135" proofs are present on the rear sight sleeve, receiver (double struck, factory error), and the rear scope block, with "Mod. 98" on the receiver wall and a matching number on the bolt components (minus the unnumbered, trimmed-down safety) and the floorplate. The barrel bands (both stamped) are unnumbered, and both the trigger guard and floorplate are stamped with "byf" markings. The smooth laminate pistol grip stock is fitted with a brown leather sling, marked with a faint WaA stamp on the side, and fitted with a checkered and cupped steel buttplate. The Dalyran 4x scope is marked "76876/+" and "bek", with the front ring renumbered to match the rifle, rear ring with windage adjustment, a rubber eye cup and a set of leather lens covers.
Very fine, with 75% of the original blue finish, showing areas of brown and gray patina, mild spotting. Oxidization is present on the toe of the buttplate. The stock is very good as repaired (above trigger guard), and revarnished with a number of dents and scuffs overall. The optics are slightly hazy from age, but the reticle is solid and the body shows minor spotting and strong original blue. Mechanically excellent.
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