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Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k Bolt-Action Rifle (1935)

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The Kar 98k was the standard German bolt-action rifle of World War 2.

With origins as far back as the First World War, the Kar 98k (with "Kar" being short for "karabiner" or "carbine") was a direct descendent of the Mauser-produced Gew 98 rifle, appearing basically as a short stock version of the preceding design. Defined by models such as Model 1898 (Kar 98), Model 1898a (Kar 98a) and the Model 1898k (Kar 98k), the system lived long enough in production to fight in the Second World War as the standard infantry rifle for the Germans.

The Kar 98k represented the German World war Two edition now made available under a new manufacturing brand. Debuting in 1935, the K designation was used to signify "kurz" or "short" as the system was shorter in length than the A model before it.

As the war began to progress, the Kar 98k was produced in large quantities but never modernized since appearing as German resources were dedicated to armor and aircraft production in force. The bolt-action system was of good design and offered the German infantryman a comparable counterpart to the British Lee rifle models.

The Kar 98k was also adaptable to the sniper role once a telescope sight had been fitted to the weapon at mid-length. Other subtle design elements that let it stand apart from the Gew 98 and earlier Kar production designs included a recessed forward grip for better handling and a bolt that pointed down instead of out, lowering the chance that the system could snag clothing in the heat of battle.

Other built-in modifications included the ability to launch grenades in house-clearing initiatives. The system could also mount the standard infantry bayonet underneath the barrel. The Karabiner Kar 98k model would end up being the last Mauser-produced bolt-action system made for the military.

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Specifications for the
Mauser Karabiner Kar 98k
Bolt-Action Rifle


Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
Manufacturer: Mauser - Germany
Initial Year of Service: 1935


Overall Length: 1110mm (43.70in)
Barrel Length: 0.00mm (0.00in)
Weight (Empty): 8.60lbs (3.90kg)


Caliber: 7.92x57mm Mauser
Action: Bolt Action
Feed: 5-Round Internal Box Magazine
Range: 1,969ft (600m; 656yds)


Variants:
Kar 98K - Base Production Series Deisgnation


Operators:
Nazi Germany