S/243 Code German k98 Norwegian Rework in 30-06
Here is a nice variation of the WW2 German k98 that you don't see very often. It started life at the Mauser Borsigwalde factory in 1938 designated with the secret German production code of "S/243". From there it saw service in occupied Norway, where it was surrendered at the end of WW2. From there it was re-issued to the Norwegian Air Force! In the 1950's these rifles were rebuilt by the Norwegians at the Kongsberg Arsenal where they were re-barreled and otherwise modified to shoot then NATO standard US 30-06. The rework consisted of modifying the magazine, and milling a slot in the receiver opening to handle the longer shells. The sights were modified from a "V" notch to a "U" notch and many shooters find these sights more pleasant to shoot with. This particular example shows some interesting features. The rifle started out as serial number 8823 in Germany. During the Norwegian rework, the rifle was renumbered to the serial number "FLY - 7637", and this number was matched to the stock (buttplate), bolt, and receiver. The rest of the small parts on the rifle seem to match the original German serial number, and were never renumbered by the Norwegians. Rifle has a tiny import mark from the early 1990's on the bottom of the barrel near the muzzle, and has a STUNNINGLY MINT bore! Externally the bluing shows some thinning, and the stock was refinished and repaired during the Norwegian rework, where some wooden pins were added to the wrist area of the stock. Rifle comes with a nice reproduction sling that compliments the rifle well. All in all this is a VERY hard to find variation of the post war used German k98 Mauser.