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Old November 24, 2008, 01:10 AM   #1
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Even a blind pig finds an acorn every now and then...

A teaser, as it were, but something basically fell into my grubby little paws tonight.

I considered it one of my Mauser Holy Grails, so it's turning out to be a very good, albeit early, Christmas this year.

Q: When is a K98 Mauser not a K98 Mauser?

A: When it's a K. K. Wehrsportgewehr made by the Gustloff-Werke in Suhl.

The SAd.NASDP stock cartouche is very obvious, as are two examples of a type of Waffenampt eagle on the barrel and receiver, albeit with an "N" versus the typical swastika underneath.

Different views, starting with the receiver ring:



Right side receiver markings, showing the toggle safety:



Left side receiver markings, Waffenamts?



Muzzle end, bayo lug accepts standard 98 Mauser bayonet...



Happy dance of joy!
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Old November 24, 2008, 01:28 PM   #2
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Great find

Love milsurp .22's!
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Old November 24, 2008, 03:10 PM   #3
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I have a Mauser with some of the same markings on the barrel. Mine is a sport version my dad picked up during the occupation in the 40s. My question is what deos "Buschen" mean? It says caliber 22 long for "Buschen". I speak passable German (or did) butthat one leaves me clueless.
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Old November 24, 2008, 05:00 PM   #4
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Gewehr98,

Ooh! A KKW! Nice catch! Notice how green with envy I am ->



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My question is what deos "Buschen" mean? It says caliber 22 long for "Buschen".
"Büchsen" is the word for a sporting or hunting long gun. ".22 lang für büchsen" is ".22 Long Rifle".

(The old German bazooka copy was called the "panzerbüchse", or tank hunting rifle.)
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Old November 24, 2008, 06:09 PM   #5
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"Büchsen" is the word for a sporting or hunting long gun
I agree, I have a late 19th century German-made double rifle that has the maker's name & 'Hofbuschenmacher' on the top rib. Translates to 'Court Arms Maker', similar to some of the English makers using 'By Appointment to HRH......'.
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Old November 24, 2008, 09:47 PM   #6
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(The old German bazooka copy was called the "panzerbüchse", or tank hunting rifle.)
I think you're thinking of the Panzerfaust ("tank fist"), a rocket launcher as opposed to a rifle, and which actually wasn't a copy of the US 2.75 inch Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher, aka "bazooka".
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Old November 24, 2008, 10:37 PM   #7
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I think you're thinking of the Panzerfaust ("tank fist"), a rocket launcher as opposed to a rifle, and which actually wasn't a copy of the US 2.75 inch Anti-Tank Rocket Launcher, aka "bazooka".
Good try, but actually I was confusing the Panzerbüchse and Panzerschreck.

Sorry, it's been a couple years since my last game of Squad Leader.
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Old December 23, 2008, 08:25 PM   #8
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"The SAd.NASDP stock cartouche is very obvious, as are two examples of a type of Waffenampt eagle on the barrel and receiver, albeit with an "N" versus the typical swastika underneath."

The Eagle-N marks are the commercial proofs that were required starting in April 1940, replacing the earlier BUG/Crown commercial proof marks. Your rifle is most likely from 1940-41. The Gustloff series ended at around 274,000 late in WWII.
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