WW2 German k98 Mauser duv 1942 Russian Capture 8mm
At the end of WW2 the Soviet Union had millions of WW2 German weapons under their control. Many were later used and issued to various Soviet troops and communist nations. In later years these weapons were rebuilt under the Soviet Arsenal system, and stored away for future use. When the Soviet Union fell apart, many of these German Mauser k98 rifles were sold as surplus to the US market. This is one of those rifles.
Built at Berlin-Lübecker Maschinenfabrik in 1942 (German secret code duv) The firm was a manufacturer of infantry rifles, in Lubeck Germany from 1936 to 1942 and so this is one of the last k98's built by the firm. This rifle was rebuilt by the Russians. During these rebuilds, the rifles were disassembled, sorted, inspected, and the best parts reassembled into a functioning rifle. The Russians did not bother to keep the original German parts and matching part numbers together. At the end of the rebuild process, the newly assembled rifles were often electro-penciled with matching numbers. This example does show such a number on the bolt. This rifle is from an early batch of imports from the 1990's and has the discreet tiny import marking on the bottom of the muzzle end of the barrel. It has not been modified since importation, and is still in all of it's Soviet Era trim. with 80% of the dark shellac sealant on the wood still. Speaking of wood this is a cupped butt plate laminated wood stock. A really nice example of the classic WW2 German rifle, with an interesting addition of post war history!
The last picture shows what the end of war capture process often looked like. Many times these were outdoors, and this rifle looks to have fared better than a lot of the Russian Captured k98's. The Russian arsenal rework bluing is very nice, and in fact better done than many reworks. This rework bluing is overall at about 97%. This rifle is fully functional, and has a sharp bright shiny and tight bore. A really nice example!