Help with Mauser 98 ID please


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dcloudy777@aol.com
June 13, 2007, 01:30 PM
Hello all... I picked up a rifle today, and I'm not a mil-surp rifle guy. I'm hoping some of you gurus czn help me figure out what I have.
It's a lightly sporterized Gew98, the only thing that's been altered that I can tell is the stock. All of the numbers I can see (receiver, barrel, floorplate, bolt handle), match. The serial # is W24##, and all of the serialed parts also have what apprears to be a small dagger or leaf.
And that's where the markings almost stop. The left side of the receiver is marked "cal 7.92" with a "P" and an "R" in small squares following (proof marks?) On the top of the receiver is nothing but a large crest with which I'm not familiar. It's a simple looking crossed sword and axe, no wording or embellishments. I'll try to get some pictures up as the day goes on.
So thats what I have... any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

DanO

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Jubjub
June 13, 2007, 02:54 PM
Is this the crest?

http://i88.photobucket.com/albums/k169/obviousfakename/GC_Crest.jpg

If so, you have a 1916 Spanish Guardia Civil Mauser. I was under the impression that they were mostly converted from 7x57 to 7.62 NATO, though, so if yours is 7.92, I've guessed wrong.

dcloudy777@aol.com
June 13, 2007, 02:56 PM
That's the crest... thank you

DanO

Spiggy
June 13, 2007, 03:23 PM
it's a broadsword and fasces ;)

Jubjub
June 13, 2007, 03:25 PM
Incidentally, what's crossed with the sword isn't an axe, it's a fasces.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fasces

dcloudy777@aol.com
June 13, 2007, 04:13 PM
Well, there's an axe inside the bundle... :evil:

Thanks again guys

Niner
June 13, 2007, 04:18 PM
According to Robert Ball's Mauser book some 1916's in Spain were converted to 7.92x57 in 1943 to conform more closely to the Model 1943 rifle. The original model 1916 being in 7x57. The ones we see for sale now days are later conversions to 7.62 nato. And all of these conversions on a small ring Mauser! Safety issues have been debated about these conversions with strongly held opinions on both sides of the debate.

dcloudy777@aol.com
June 13, 2007, 05:37 PM
Any idea of what this rifle is worth? I'm way more of a handgun and AR kinda guy, I'll be the first to admit I'm way out of my depth on this one. Thanks

Niner
June 13, 2007, 11:11 PM
My guess would be a low $100 figure in "good" condition.

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