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Old December 11, 2011, 01:42 AM   #1
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1939 ww2 german k98 8mm mauser...need info...

I'm sitting on a piece of history I really want to learn about. My grandpa gave it to me and the story goes that his dad gave it to him. Its supposed to be a WW2 German K98 8mm mauser. It has 17 German Eagles on swastikas and below that is the inscription WaA623. It has all matching part numbers on the gun they all have 8122 on them including the stock.

So far I have learned it is made by Steyr-Daimler. It is a model 660 on the right side of the stock there are 3 German eagles one of which and an "L" stamp beneath it standing for Luftwaffe, the other 2 are stamped WaA623. What is this gun worth and can you tell me a little bit more about it. I posted 2 sets of pictures below.

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Old December 11, 2011, 03:27 AM   #2
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these are the best pictures I can really get of it right now let me know if you need better or different pictures and if so what of
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Old December 11, 2011, 03:29 AM   #3
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Old December 11, 2011, 04:24 AM   #4
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Your K98a was made in 1939 by Steyr-Daimler-Puch in Austria, plant code 660 (not model 660).

It is chambered for 7.92X57mm IS, aka 8X57mm JS, aka 8mm Mauser, the standard service rifle cartridge of Germany from 1905-1945. The cartridge has also been used by Yugoslavia, Turkey, Spain, Albania, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Iran, and others.

Yours appears to be a Luftwaffe rifle based on the one stamp. That could draw a premium from a collector.
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Old December 11, 2011, 06:47 AM   #5
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Hi C, I need to apologize.

I shouldn't be doing this this early in the morning, but I accidentally deleted this thread instead of closing it (and I wanted to close the one in Rifles, not this one).

When that happens, the pictures are deleted from the thread as a space saving move.

Mea culpa.
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Old December 11, 2011, 11:52 AM   #6
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Would the "L" be for the Luftwaffe or a police rifle?
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Old December 11, 2011, 01:11 PM   #7
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Would the "L" be for the Luftwaffe or a police rifle?
So far from what I have read it stands for Luftwaffe
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Old December 11, 2011, 10:38 PM   #9
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Well someone has been messing with the stock. The rifle is a K.98k, but the stock appears to be from a VZ-24. Regardless, it is not original to that barrelled action.

Either the stock is from a rifle taken over by the Germans or the German markings are not original, casting doubt on the Eagle/L marking, which appears much newer than the other markings.

HWaA (Heereswaffenamt) inspector 623 was the head of the inspection team at Steyr in those years, and that number will appear on all rifles that were made there in that period.

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Old December 12, 2011, 12:09 AM   #10
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Based on that distinctive pistol grip and the 'wrap around' buttplate, that sure looks like an Austrian model 29o you are holding.

I would think the left receiver wall is marked as such. What does it say there? Or maybe post a pic of it for us to see.

That is a VERY uncommon rifle in any condition and you say yours has all matching numbers.

I would really like to see a photo of the sling swivels also.

No big story behind the manufacture. Steyr was contracted to build them for the Luftwaffe - the 'L' mark- during 1938 and 1939 after Austrian annexation.

In 1939 , Steyr phased the production over to the 98K style and assembled rifles with Polish receivers and marked the left receiver wall as the 'G29/40.
These are also uncommon, but the 29/40s do turn up.

I won't place a value on it without a few clearer pics and a shot of the left receiver wall.


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