I offer up this k98 as a refutation to all my friends who call me a milsurp snob who doesn't have or appreciate anything showing hard use or unoriginality.
First, here's why I own it. It's a code 27, "A" letter block early '39 Erfurt manufacture, which filled a hole for me:
Now let's count the ways this gun is wrong or incorrect, the things that would make the true snobs toss their cookies:
1. It has a - gasp!
- Gew98 rear band and a chipped hand guard:
2. Besides the barrel, there is not a single matching part on this rifle, and the bolt number is obviously a non-German font so it's been renumbered somewhere in its postwar life:
3. Some schmuck painted the stock with a rack number or some such nonsense that insults the gun's original Teutonic glory! WHY BUBBA?!
4. Incorrect, unoriginal sling provision:
5. The exposed metal shows pitting & finish loss:
Obviously, this is gun saw postwar service & upgrades, likely in Czechoslovakia. Here's the circle Z on the firing pin:
And here's where things get a little weird for me. Also on the firing pin is something I've never seen on a K98 or its parts: A crescent moon and Arabic numbers on the firing pin:
K98s are known to have gone to Iraq, but to the best of my knowledge all of those guns are marked with the triangle 2/Jeem property stamp. There are no markings like that on this gun.
Yeah, this gun is far from correct. It's bastardized. But guess what, I'm fascinated by the long & diverse service life it lived. Whod'a'thunk it!? Now please refrain from berating my alleged snobbish demeanor from herein. Thank you.