German K98k Mauser dot 1944 Brno 8mm Mauser Bolt Action Rifle C&R

SOLD FOR: $800

WOA#: WY231113SM003

Make: Waffenwerke Brunn (Zbrojovka Brno), Brno, Czechoslovakia

Model: K98k

Serial Number: NSNV

Year of Manufacture: 1944

Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)

Action Type: Bolt action, internal 5 round magazine.

Markings: The left side of the receiver is marked with a faint reichsadler and “Mod.98”. The top of the receiver is marked “dot”, “1944”, and with a faint waffenamt. The right side of the receiver is marked with two faint waffenamts. The left side of the barrel shank is marked with a reichsadler and a waffenamt. The top of the bolt handle is marked “8” and with a circle “T” stamp. The top of the bolt sleeve is marked “2278”. The rear of the cocking piece is marked “2278”. The extractor is marked “22”. The top of the magazine follower is marked with a waffenamt. The underside of the rear sight slide is marked “70”. The underside of the rear sight ladder is marked “1670”. The top of the rear sight base is marked ‘1670”. The trigger guard assembly is marked “5229”. The magazine floor plate is marked “3574”. The left side of the rear barrel band is marked “87 20”. The left side of the front barrel band is marked “9808”.

Barrel Length: 24””

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a blade post dovetailed into a small barrel-mounted base. The rear sight is a v-notch sliding escalator assembly marked 1-20.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The wood stock has a semi-pistol grip, scallop for the bolt handle, barrel band with bayonet lug, hole for the missing cleaning rod, barrel band with sling loop, through bolt, sling well, sling pass through, bolt disassembly disk, and a checkered metal buttplate. The buttplate has pitting near the center and at the toe. It is also not fully fitted to the stock and there is a gap. There are compression marks, scuffs, and scratches throughout the wood. The top right side of the forend is missing a small chunk of wood. There are a few larger divots in the grip and the buttstock. The LOP measures 13” from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Good overall condition.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is gray and the rifling is defined. There is heavy erosion in the bore.

In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 3 out of 10.

Many military and C&R eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950s..

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 25% of its metal finish. There are scuffs and scratches throughout the metal surfaces. There are larger scuffs on top of the barrel shank and receiver. The barrel bands are covered in a patina. There is pitting on the magazine floor plate and trigger guard assembly. The trigger guard and assembly both have a large number of impact marks. The through bolt and bolt disassembly disk are heavily worn and covered in rust. Overall, this rifle rates in about Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all used firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance requirements.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: None

Our Assessment: The K98k was the standard issue service rifle for the German military from its introduction in 1935 to the conclusion of the Second World War in 1945. Based on the previous Gewehr 98 and taking lessons learned from the Kar 98a, the K98k was chambered in the stout 7.92x57mm cartridge. The K98k would go on to have a long service life not only with Germany, but with many other countries in the form of military aid and via post-war refurbishment programs, such as with Norway and Israel.

This example was originally built by Waffenwerke Brunn in 1944. Waffenwerke Brunn, more commonly known as Zbrojovka Brno, built many small arms for Germany following their annexation of Czechoslovakia in 1938. The stock is a replacement and most of its parts point to it being an early war example, in contrast to the 1944 date on the receiver. The stock is in good condition, aside from some of the fittings being heavily rusted and the buttplate not fitting correctly. The metal retains some of its finish and there are large scuffs on the barrel shank and receiver. The safety has been replaced with a modern extended type. The barrel has a heavy amount of erosion, but there is enough rifling left that it should be able to be an adequate shooter after some heavy cleaning. This rifle would fit into any German or Mauser collection. Please see our photos.


German K98k Mauser dot 1944 Brno 8mm Mauser Bolt Action Rifle C&R
German K98k Mauser dot 1944 Brno 8mm Mauser Bolt Action Rifle C&R