09-18-2012, 11:03 AM
Hi guys I need some help dating my k98. I know that it was produced in late 1945 in the Obendorf factory. It is different from most other late war k98s though, as you can see on the fore end. At the end of the war they started saving $$ and not including full length stocks or bayonet lugs, but this mauser looks even different from those. I am almost 100% percent sure that it is a ww2 bring back, since it was past down from my grand parents to me. The original owner was a ww2 vet. The rifle was given with numerous other ww2 weapons, so I am certain that its an authentic bring back, although I do not have the papers on her. At first you will look at the fore end you might think it has been chopped down, but I removed the clamp and it has the original finish underneath. I can tell it is the original finish, because the German markings are still present and untouched or sanded. Also there is no signs of a"cut" on the fore end. The website will only let me upload 5 pics, I will try to get some more up. You can see the markings on the but of the stock.