K98 Mauser









My introduction to the K98k Rifle began in 2008 when I acquired my first Russian capture rifle. Eight years later I am an even more enthusiastic about this classic bolt action rifle. Despite being a Russian capture weapon my seventy five year rifle fires, functions and hits a target like it was new. The genius of the design and quality of production make this combat rifle very special.


This web site is designed to offer information about the K98k produced between 1935 and 1945. Additionally, it provides a Facebook  and a GunDictrict.com link to allow readers to post information and provide comments about their adventures with this fine rifle. Thank you visiting the site. I hope you share your K98 story with us.




On 31 July 1811, his Majesty Friedrich I of Wurttemberg signed documents establishing the Royal Rifle Factory in Oberndorf am Neckar, Germany. The factory began operations by employing 133 workers and was operational by 1812. Little did they know at the time but the seeds for the future Mauser infantry weapon were now planted.



Some fifty years later, Wilhelm and Paul Mauser invented a uniquel bolt action system for breechloading rifles. This weapon was introduced as the German infantry weapon M71 in 1871. In 1897, the royal weapons factory became Waffenfabrik Mauser AG. By the beginning of the 20th century the factory expanded and a new product line, an infantry weapon model 98, was introduced.


The Karabiner 1898 Kurz was used by the Wehrmacht from 1935 to 1945. The designation K98K translates to: short carbine model 98. The Mauser rifle family dates back to the 1890's. The weapon was introduced by order of the Kaiser in 1898 as the Gewehr 98. This rifle became the standard infantry weapon of all German forces. A modified, shortened version of the rifle (K98K) was introduced into the Wehrmacht in 1935. The K98K was shorter than the Gewehr 98, had a different front sight, and had a curved rather than straight bolt action handle with a fixed internal magazine of five rounds.


The K98k was also used very effectively as a sniper rifle when a ZF41 2.5x scope or a ZF42 5x scope was attached. Additionally, the K98k could fire both explosive and armor piercing grenades by the attachment of a shot cup to the end of the rifle. The Wehrmacht entered the Second World War with a nearly 3 million K98k rifles. The estimated cost of each rifle was seventy Reich Marks. A German infantryman could fire about 15 rounds per minute. It is estimated that about 14 million rifles were produced over ten years.




The Karabiner 98k is a controlled-feed bolt-action rifle based on the Mauser M 98 system. Its internal magazine can be loaded with five 7.9257mm Mauser cartridges from a stripper clip or one-by-one. The straight bolt handle found on the Gewehr 98 bolt was replaced by a turned-down bolt handle. This change made it easier to rapidly operate the bolt, reduced the amount the handle projected beyond the receiver, and enabled mounting of aiming optics directly above the receiver. Each rifle was furnished with a short length of cleaning rod, fitted through the bayonet stud. The joined rods from 3 rifles provided one full-length cleaning rod.





1943 Russian capture


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