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Mauser Model 1907. Imperial German Army Issue.

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Slow day today so I thought I'd pull one of my more interesting milsurps out of the safe and post it up. This was Mauser's export version of the M98. It is a bit lighter than the issue GEW98, lacks the Lange Vizier coaster sights and uses a different bayonet. Modest numbers were sold to various Asian and South American countries. Examples are occasionally seen in the surplus market...usually in very poor condition. What makes this one unusual is that it was actually issued to German army troops in WW1 (see proof/ acceptance marks) and almost certainly saw combat. It was one of 12,000 rifles made in a 6.8mm caliber for a Chinese contract that were ready to ship but were embargoed by the German government soon as war broke out in 1914. The Germans rebored them for their standard 8mm round and issued them to reserve troops in 1915. Compared to the millions of GEW98 rifles made during the course of the war they are extremely scarce. The rifle is all matching except for the cleaning rod and the magazine follower and floorplate which apparently came from GEW98 rifles to match the dimensions of the German cartridge. Another interesting modification is a pin installed to limit the slider on the sight to 400 meters (not 200) to match the GEW98 sights. The rifle has been counterbored at the muzzle but no depot repair marks show on the buttplate. Some dummy put an inventory plate right over the stock serial number years ago but the numbers showing match the receiver. If anybody has a proper bayonet for one of these and is willing to sell please let me know! Enjoy. 16549730467361885529335.jpg 16549731343711796591237.jpg 16549732299431133645489.jpg 1654973357424969349836.jpg 16549734382151901515710.jpg 16549734850631396904005.jpg 16549735761601082323102.jpg 1654973623994645875608.jpg 1654973668392292447879.jpg 1654973792149970148149.jpg 1654973887708645353919.jpg
 

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Slow day today so I thought I'd pull one of my more interesting milsurps out of the safe and post it up. This was Mauser's export version of the M98. It is a bit lighter than the issue GEW98, lacks the Lange Vizier coaster sights and uses a different bayonet. It was one of 12,000 rifles made in a 6.8mm caliber for a Chinese contract that were ready to ship but were embargoed by the German government soon as war broke out in 1914.
If anybody has a proper bayonet for one of these and is willing to sell please let me know!
What do they look like?
 

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More info: A US military team searching German weapons dumps after the war for unusual weapons to examine found just two of these rifles, one of which now resides in the Springfield Armory Museum collection. There is another known example in the German military museum in Berlin.
 

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The bayonets? I don't know. Am hoping the real Mauser experts here might know. I expect that like the rifles they're pretty scarce.
[Not an expert] Probably look like any other 1907 vintage Gew98 bayonet - do you know the serial number range for the rifles? [/Not an expert]
 

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[Not an expert] Probably look like any other 1907 vintage Gew98 bayonet - do you know the serial number range for the rifles? [/Not an expert]
This isn't a GEW98 though it is based on the classic 98 Mauser action. It is a Model 1907 rifle. (Mauser's export model) I'm pretty sure I read somewhere it uses a different bayonet than the GEW98 and they do not fit interchangeably.
 

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This isn't a GEW98 though it is based on the classic 98 Mauser action. It is a Model 1907 rifle. (Mauser's export model) I'm pretty sure I read somewhere it uses a different bayonet than the GEW98 and they do not fit interchangeably.
Ok, then same suggestion - what's the serial range for 1907s sent to the Asian market?
It was one of 12,000 rifles made in a 6.8mm caliber for a Chinese contract
 

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Good question. I would have to research that. I'm not sure if the records still exist and I do know that surviving examples are extremely rare so they would be of somewhat limited help in nailing down a more precise serial number range. It's probably a good question for the k98k forum which I keep meaning to join but haven't yet.
 

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Good question. I would have to research that. I'm not sure if the records still exist and I do know that surviving examples are extremely rare so they would be of somewhat limited help in nailing down a more precise serial number range. It's probably a good question for the k98k forum which I keep meaning to join but haven't yet.
Exactly. The question has probably been asked and answered somewhere already.
 
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