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Israeli K98
IDF Contract
fab. nat. d'armes de guerre herstal-belgique
Calibre: 8x57mm
Serial No: 535070
Price: £650 - Sold

Very Good Condition

The vast majority of Israel’s 98k inventory was obtained from Czechoslovakia, in one of history’s greatest arms-smuggling operations.
In 1947, Haganah and other groups in alestine were fighting a small-scale insurgency, both against the Arabs and against the British.
The Jewish effort to obtain weapons overseas was codenamed operation “Balak”.

In 1950, Israel opened negotiations with the Belgian arms maker Fabrique Nationale (FN) to produce more 98ks. FN had already produced a similar rifle for Morocco after WWII.
The FN-made 98K for Israel used no German parts; everything (including the production machinery) was new.

The newly established Israel Defence Force ordered more Mauser Karabiner 98k rifles, produced this time by Fabrique Nationale. These have Israeli and Belgian markings on the rifle as well as the emblem of the IDF on the top of the rifle's receiver.

The FN-made Karabiner 98k rifles with the IDF markings and emblem on the rifle were produced and sold "legally" to Israel after it established itself as an independent nation in 1948.


This rifle is an example of the rifles purchased from FN circa 1950, these were only purchased in 7.92 (8mm) for a couple of years before the adoption of the 7.62 standard.

Its uncommon to find Israeli K98s not converted to 7.62mm.

Side of the receiver is marked (FN) Fab. Nat. d'armes de guerre herstal-belgique and the receiver ring has the IDF (Israeli Defence Force) Logo

Very Good Condition