Can anyone help me get more info on an old Mauser from 1914? I 've attached some pictures. Can't get much on the internet...
The rear swivel's not original and the sling loop hook's been removed from the forward stock band - assuming it's a Gew98 band and not K98k. With replacement components in mind the turned down bolt might be from a Kar98AZ or K98k.Welcome aboard . I have not seen many with a bent bolt handle before . I know they had "sniper" versions with it . But don't see the mount holes for scope . Pretty cool rifle great history . Hope it has a good bore for you ..
Did a bit of research regarding the U with Broad Arrow stamping, and it is indeed Union of South Africa. The flag on the OP's avatar is (I believe) Namibian, the area once known as German South West Africa, which would explain the presence of a Gew98 in that neck of the woods, and the likelihood it was captured from or surrendered by German forces and subsequently used by the South Africans.That's an odd one by the markings. The "WR 44 530" marking on the barrel indicates it was re-worked in 1944. But any rework on a GEW98 in 1944 would have been to convert to a 98K profile. The WR looks to be stamped with a chisel, and I can't find any reference to it. When they were done by Erma, ERMA was stamped there with half the alphabet and a host of numbers. Resembles Poland re-works, but they were pretty consistent in their markings.
It's known as the Lange Visier rear sight. Here's our Gew98. The "Trench Mag" is a repro - just couldn't resist installing it.I think the only reason I got my Gew 98 was because of the roller coaster sights they have on them !!!! Can't think of the correct name for them .... .
Very nice grouping! I'd recently been considering a 71/84 that'd surfaced on a C&R site I frequent, and of course by the time I'd decided to go for it it'd been sold. The Trench Mag had popped up on Numrich's site a few years ago, so after comparing photos of the repro to the original item (it's an excellent repro) I went for it. Apparently Numrich had periodic runs made of both the mag and the rarely encountered Gew98 dust cover - sorta along the lines of the Arisaka or Siamese Mauser's. Hope to find one someday.