Karabiner 98k K98K byf 43 WaA135

(Revision 2 due to a lot of information and I should say, corrections  from PTSanchez on Gunboard.  Thanks!)

Karabiner 98k K98K byf 43 WaA135

Manufactured at Mauser-Werke Oberndorf Maschinenbau GmbH in Oberndorf am Neckar, birthplace of Peter Paul von Mauser, in 1943.

The carbine was manufactured at the Oberndorf Mauser-Werke factory in 1943. It was built to be a marksman’s rifle as it has the Zf-41 scope mount base.  Some of these ended up in sniper use in the Russian campaign.

The barrel is an uncommon Ruhrstahl AG, Witten, Ruhr. (WaA13) marked barrel with their arrow logo.

The rear sight has the receiver’s matching S/N as does the front bands,  trigger guard, floor plate, upper and lower stock, sear,  and bolt release.

The bolt is not matching, but two parts match themselves.  Per PTS it is likely a “dou” bolt due to the font they used.  Suspect when imported the bolts were removed and later put in some other carbine.

The buttplate has the qgm code indicating Loch & Hartenberger.  It is marked “43”, consistent with the date of the rifle.  They were a subcontractor and provided the butt plates to byf.  Per Sanchez, there are no byf butt plates.

The front sight hood is missing.

At the encouragement of Mr. Sanchez, I pulled the carbine apart to get additional information I inserted above.  Was happy to find that the stock was matching and the inside condition was impeccable.

Other than the bolt, this appears to be a all matching, as manufactured carbine.

both side view of k98k

both side view of k98k

top of receiver showing byf 43

top of receiver showing byf 43

main serial number

main serial number

factory installed short scope rail on thickened receiver

Zf-41 scope mount rail, not a SSR as marked

right rear stock

right rear stock

right side of receiver

right side of receiver

right side showing bolt handle

right side showing bolt handle

left side of stock

left side of stock

right front side showing barrel

right front side showing barrel

front band showing matching s/n

front band showing matching s/n

trigger guard and floor plate matching s/n

trigger guard and floor plate matching s/n

right side of stock

right side of stock

non-matching(?) butt plate

correct sub-contractor butt plate, underneath, a  6 30 43 cure date

non-matching bolt, but parts match each other

non-matching bolt, but parts match each other, have been corrected, it is 8992, probably a “dou”

matching bolt release

matching bolt release

side of barrel showing matching WaA135

side of barrel showing matching WaA135, it isn’t a thickened SSR sidewall, it is the thickened Zf-41 base.

front band and sling mount have matching serials

front band and lower band sling mount have matching serials

original sling

original sling made by AOS?

lower case "d" on cleaning rod

lower case “d” on cleaning rod

butt end of stock showing cure date of 6th day, 30th week, 1943

butt end of stock showing cure date of 6th day, 30th week, 1943

Reichsadler on stock, possibly a double strike, both very faint

Reichsadler on stock, possibly a double strike, both very faint

bolt release showing matching s/n

bolt release showing matching s/n

top of chamber showing the byf Mauser-Werke in Orbendorf manufacturer and the year, 1943

top of chamber showing the byf Mauser-Werke in Orbendorf manufacturer and the year, 1943

top of rear sight

top of rear sight

stock halves showing matching carbine serial 24273

stock halves showing matching carbine serial 24273 and you can see a blue dyed mark on the left I am unable to identify

right side of the receiver

right side of the receiver showing the WaA135 waffenamt

back of rear sight

back of rear sight showing matching serial numbers

rear sight and Zf-41 scope mount

rear sight and Zf-41 scope mount

top of chamber showing the byf Mauser-Werke in Orbendorf manufacturer and the year, 1943

top of chamber showing the byf Mauser-Werke in Orbendorf manufacturer and the year, 1943

left side of chamber showing serial number, Reichsadler, etc.

left side of chamber showing serial number, Reichsadler, barrel production number, and Mod. 98

scope mount bottom with arrow logo and better quality logo inset

scope mount bottom with arrow logo and better quality logo inset

barrel shank marked 0

barrel shank marked 0

barrel shank marked 5

barrel shank marked 5

receiver underside detail showing the WR logo

receiver underside detail showing the WR logo

circles identify other markings. Between the 3 and the 7 might be a 1. To the right of the three is a H, but it might be an FH or something in addition to the H. Ro the right of that is either a machining mark or some other symbol. The lower left circle appears to be a 1, and the lower right circle is clearly an "s"

circles identify other markings. Between the 3 and the 7 might be a 1. To the right of the three is a H, but it might be an FH or something in addition to the H. Ro the right of that is either a machining mark or some other symbol. The lower left circle appears to be a 1, and the lower right circle is clearly an “s”

k98k bore shot at different focal points

k98k bore shot at different focal points

Thanks to the internet, I was able to find a picture taken during the war of an SS soldier shooting my carbine.., well, maybe not MY carbine, but maybe….

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