Calibre 8 x 57mm
** DEACTIVATED **
This is the rare K98A model which was the forerunner
to the standard K98
Double Dated & Nazi Waffenamt Inspectors Mark
on the Butt
The German Kar 98a is known by several names including but not limited
to: Kar.98AZ and Kar.98a.
An obvious ancestor in the K98k lineage of German carbines the Kar.98a
has many common features to be later incorporated in the K98k including
turned down bolt handle, a sling slot cut into the butt stock and overall
similar looks and functionality.
Designed as a replacement for the Model 1898 Carbine and adopted in 1908
as the Kar.98AZ it has an increased barrel length over the 1898 Carbine
to help reduce muzzle blast and felt recoil. Made in four arsenals: Amberg,
Danzig, Erfurt, and Spandau.
During the early stages of WWI it was carried primarily
by Cavalry, and Assault Troops. Later the carbine was carried often by
regular German Army forces.
Easily distinguishable by the curved stacking hook located at the front
underside of the carbine's forestock.
After WWI the carbine was renamed the Kar.98a to differentiate it from
This particular rifle has matching numbers & double date the same
as the example in Ludwig Olson’s book on Mauser rifles. The turndown
bolt has the under checkering on the bolt handle.
It was manufactured in 1916 at Erfurt and has a second
date of 1920 date when it would have been issued to the German Reichswehr
as specified by the Treaty of Versailles, 1919
Mostly all matching see pictures below
This example is fully marked & in Very Good Condition, a good
example of a rarer Mauser not often encountered in the UK
WWI & later Reissued in 1920 and again during
the Nazi era
The "1920" would indicate that it was
legally in the possession of the German Military post WWI after the Versailles
Treaty limited the
number of weapons & Soldiers (100,000) Germany was allowed to have.