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Classic Military Rifles



Israeli K98
Code 243
War Time Code for The Mauser Factory
Date: 1938
Calibre: 7.62mm
Serial No: 999n
Price: £575 - Sold

As the Arab-Israeli conflict approached, the Haganah and other Jewish forces in Palestine tried to get hold of as many weapons as they could in the
face of an arms embargo by British colonial authorities.

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”.

The only country who was willing to sell arms to the Jews was Czechoslovakia. The country was full of German WWII-era weapons, mostly abandoned on Czechoslovak territory when Germany surrendered in May 1945.
On 14 January 1948, a contract was signed for the delivery of 4,500 98k rifles.
These rifles all had the winter trigger guard.

In 1954 Israel was looking to re-equip it’s frontline units with the then-new FN FAL assault rifle which used the 7.62 NATO round. This presented a dilemma as the country still had thousands of 98k rifles and millions of 7.92x57mm Mauser rounds on hand. It could either maintain a parallel logistics system, or rechamber the 98ks to the new round. The latter option was selected.

This example is one of the original rifles supplied to the new Jewish state of Israel in 1948, an original German issued K98 manufactured by Mauser in 1938,
it has the winter trigger guard, original Nazi inspectors marks defaced and later converted to 7.62 in March 1956.

Comes with a genuine Israeli sling

Very Good Condition