Tell me about my new (to me) K98


August 22, 2010, 05:25 PM
New to me K98. i bought at a gunstore for 350 on impulse Seems like finding one with all markings intact is much easier than getting one with the wrong stock; so i bought it.

what is the deal with this thing? the numbers do not match, but I don't see an import mark, none of the markings have been defaced (not obvious from pics i know); the only hint i can give is that on top of the gun by the bolt; there is "duv" and a "41" where i usually see an eagle. also there is a "k" in cursive by where russian captures that i often see, have an "x" stamp.

is it a eastern european capture ?

where did this thing get refurbed?

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August 22, 2010, 05:29 PM
Ouch, $350 for a sporterized K98? That is very steep. Unless this was a custom build or something of the like.

The pics are a little blurry so it's hard to tell what the markings are.

You can find out about "duv" "41" here

Ohio Gun Guy
August 22, 2010, 07:02 PM
It could be a bring back. If the bolt is not matched to the reciever that happened often with bring backs. If the numbers on everything else doesnt match it's anyones guess. Remember, the Germans reworked guns also. So it could have been battle damaged, adding a mis-matched part or 2. then captured, further mis-matching the bolt. Or it could be a gun assembled on a reciever from parts.....

If its all original less the stock, then having a all original less stock mis-matched mauser isnt bad for 350, IMO. You can find the original style stocks for those. Look up the maker and year, etc and get an appropriate example.

Better pics or a write up of the markings are needed for the specifics.
Tell us what is on the reciever top, what the Waffenampt numbers are, etc.

There are lots of knowledgeable folks here. (Plus that's the fun part of surplus guns.....figuring them out.)

August 22, 2010, 07:27 PM

the little eagles are numbered 24 (not very visible), then a "7,91". It says DUV on top; 41; reading from left to right respectively. sorry for iphone pics ....

from big e's link "DUV" means . . .

Berliner-Luebecker Maschinenfabrik, Luebeck plant

i take it 41 is the year.

the trigger has no numbers. it has svw & byf which means:

Mauser-Werke, Oberndorf on the Neckar. It either superseded or supplemented 'byf'. Found on małych arms

PS - where are you guys getting guns? On GB they go for min. $250; mismatched; russian cap. w/ x's on 'em; import marks; german markings defaced etc. part of the reason i bought this one is i can tell the markings weren't defaced unlike pictures online

August 22, 2010, 08:40 PM
Oh okay well if it isn't defaced, markings intact and most parts matching then I guess it isn't too bad a price. I am just used to seeing vz-24's for $200. What you got there is an early war (usually better build quality) made in the Fatherland.

Personally, I could care less about matching parts if the rifle isn't gonna be worth a whole lot, just get out and shoot it.

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