Rare WWII Mauser K98

Rare WWII Mauser K98

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This is an early Second Word War Nazi K98 that was later used by the Israeli Defense Force in the late 1940s. The rifle was originally produced in 1939 by Mauser using secret maker code 42 and the receiver bears the correct Nazi acceptance stamps to confirm this. In the aftermath of WWII the newly formed state of Israel declared independence, which declaration subsequently lead to military attacks from its Arab neighbours. Bizarrely small-arms assistance came from Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin himself. Often forgotten, approximately half a million ethnic Jews served in the Red Army during WWII. Stalin saw an opportunity to assist a new country, which appeared to be a good candidate for a future communist base of influence in the Middle East. And thus in about 1947, Stalin allowed the Jewish Agency to begin purchasing large amounts of arms and ammunition for the Haganah. These weapons came from the communist Soviet-occupied satellite state of Czechoslovakia, who had stock piles of captured German weaponry. In 1947 an initial shipment of MG34 machine guns and 4,500 rifles were sent, followed by aircraft, machine guns and automatic rifles, along with about 35,000 K98s, 10,000 bayonets and more than 90 million 7.92x57mm cartridges. This rifle would have been among one of those shipments!

This rare rifle still has the correct parts, finish and configuration used by the Israeli's, and is still in the original German calibre of 7.92mm. Most were converted to 7.62 NATO.  The overall condition is extremely good as is the bore.

An FAC with the correct variation is required to purchase this rifles.

To order Call 01547 529093 or 05603 416575 or email sales@deactivated-guns.co.uk.

Product Code: 79233