Manufactured late in the war in Suhl, this Gustloff Werke K98k rifle is outfitted in the "long rail sniper" configuration, with the 3 1/2 inch long mounting rail secured to the receiver side wall with two guide pins and three screws, the latter also fitted with a set of smaller lock screws; mechanically this mounting system was very similar to the American-fielded M1C Sniper, though the use of an extended mount arrangement to bring the scope directly over the bore simplified armorer installation and end-user adjustment of the optics. The rifle is fitted with a hooded blade front sight and a tangent rear sight, with the receiver ring manufacturer code marked "bcd/4" and "eds" on the breech of the barrel. Small eagle proofs stamped on various components. Mounted on the rail is a "dkl" code Dialytan 4x scope numbered "3053/+", with a ring and mount set numbered "55382" (only 15 numbers away from rifle). Both the mount and base bear "eagle/359" proofs. The bolt components are numbered to match the receiver, with a "key" profile safety. Fitted with a smooth pistol grip stock, bearing the Heer "eagle/H" stamp on the right of the buttstock, with a checkered cupped steel buttplate. High quality examples of late war German sniper rifles are very rare on the market, as many snipers made a point to destroy or discard their equipment prior to capture for fear of reprisals. Includes leather sling.
Fine, retains 60% original phosphate finish with smooth brown and gray patina on the balance and scattered light spotting. Stock is very good with scattered scratches and dents, a few small cracks on the right around the stock lug, some openings in the grain on the comb, and a sanded down area on the left of the stock ahead of the buttplate. The front barrel band/bayonet lug is missing its retaining spring. Mechanically excellent. Scope is very fine, retains 85% original blue finish on the tube with some light chipping of the black paint on the dial, and the optics are a bit hazy with a solid reticle and smooth adjustment.
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