Mauser Model 98 rifle (gun)
Category: Shotguns and Smoothbores
Information About The Mauser Model 98
Brief History of the gun
It is evident that every bolt action rifle on the planet owes a part of its design to Paul Mauser’s creativity in 1898 models. The 98 Mauser is a rifle model that has some or the highest number of productions in terms of its variants (some of which are not licensed by Mauser Waffenfabrik).
The 98 Mauser debuted as the assault rifle of the day as it had a staggering five-round magazine that could instantly be loaded using stripper clips- allowing for a sustained rate of fire, something that was never seen before in the battlefield. Also, the action was strong and could handle cartridges with both power and velocity way about how what any other designer’s rifle was able to.
The rifle was therefore reliable, tough, powerful, and incredibly accurate. Probably due to these reasons, the rifle was chosen by the German forces as their standard battle rifle throughout the first and the second world wars. The US federal government actually paid royalties to Mauser just before the outbreak of World War 1 and saw the production of the American’s Springfield in 1903 following the Mauser Model 98 design.
Most other countries adopted several other variants of the Mauser Model 98 making them their standard battle rifles for both world wars. The Germans later replaced the Mauser Model 98 rifle with its shorter version, the 98k.
Currently, the used rifle markets are considered an authentic part of the twentieth century history and the riffle is currently available in countries such as Brazil, China, Czechoslovakia, Iran, Israel, Mexico, Russia and Turkey, among a few others. However, they are so expensive that only a few dedicated collectors can buy them. This rifle is not just any other collectible we have around.
Specifications of the gun
This bolt-action rifle is chambered in 7.92 x 57mm Mauser. The Mauser Model 98 was an advanced model for its days thus had a sturdy and an exceptionally accurate barrel. The rifle features a capacity of 5, its overall length is 49.2 inches while the barrel is 29.15 inches in length.
The Mauser Model 98 is not such a heavy rifle but, most people do not find the 9.02 pounds of weight easy to carry everywhere the go. The rifle is revolutionized bolt-actions as the bolt had a large non rotating claw so shooters could rely more on its ability to chamber, fire, and eject casings with utmost accuracy.
The Mauser Model 98 also has a floor plate that's detachable, capable of holding five rounds. Its original make did not have any sights but this changed with the addition of iron sights in the subsequent models and later redesigned for a scope that created a sniper model.
Since those found in the market are military rifles that have fired thousands of rounds during exercise, you should make sure that you inspect your rifle well when you buy it. This, of course, is if you are not buying it as a collectible but as a hunting rifle. Use of corrosive ammunition and lack of proper cleaning results to an eroded throat that is very unfavorable for the rifle’s accuracy.