Nice WW2 German CE 44 Mauser 98K 8mm
Interesting WW2 German 98k made by J.P. Sauer in 1944 (German code "CE 44}. We know the history of this rifle back to the 1950's. It was purchased as surplus out of a barrel from a Montgomery Wards store just as you see it. It has been stored most of its life since then, until we got it a week ago. The Bolt, Receiver, Trigger Group and small parts match... The stock, and barrel bands match each other, but not the rest of the rifle. It was imported just as it is, and was not a collector restoration of any kind. Was it a field repair? Put together from parts piles post war? That is now lost to history. Here is what we can tell you... The stock is a correct late 44 JP Saauer stock from the 4000x serial range. The rest of the rifle is from the 3900o serial range. (Hand guard does not match any parts) So while it does not technically all match by number, it does match by maker and by age range. The bore is stunning, shiny bright and tight. The stock shows some wear and a few dings but is not messed with, sanded or refinished. If you want a nice example of a WW2 German 98k, but do not want a safe queen that is too nice to shoot, this is a great candidate! Interesting also on this 98k is that the receiver was made by Erma WaA280 Marking, and the supplied to Sauer. The serial number on the barrel was mis-stamped at the factory and corrected, so if you zoom in on the picture you can see where two of the numbers are over-stamped with the correct numbers. Of course there are no import marks on this one and it still has an original sight hood on it, and the correct small eagle over the large "H" stock cartouche is still visible.