Make: Mauser A.-G.
Model: GEW 98
Serial Number: B7915
Year of Manufacture: 1916
Action Type: Bolt Action Internal Magazine
Markings: The receiver ring is marked “Waffenfabrik / Mauser A.-G. / Oberndoprf A./N. / 1916”. The left side of the ring is marked “B7915”, and the right side is marked “AL. 8MM Turkey”. The right side rear receiver is marked “RIDGEEIEI”, and some Turkish letters. The left side of the receiver is marked “GEW 98” There is an Eagle and a crown over “M” on the bolt. The trigger guard is marked “5410”, and the floorplate is marked “11”. The rear sight is marked “71”.
Barrel Length: 29 ½”
Sights / Optics: This rifle is mounted with a blade in a dovetail slot on a raised post front sight, and a slide elevation adjustable rear sight.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The stocks are cleaned military wood. There is little finish remaining. There are just a few minor gouges and a small chip missing from behind the bolt but there are no cracks. The LOP measures approx. 13 ¼”. The stocks rate in about Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Blue
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is dull and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is mild erosion in the grooves. This bore is very shootable.
Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 40% of its metal finish. The balance of the finish shows thinning and wear at the muzzle, and thinning and beginning mild surface erosion at the receiver. The trigger guard and bottom metal show wear, scratches and surface erosion. The bolt shows light wear and some discoloration. The Screw heads are in good serviceable condition showing minor wear and mild disfiguration. The markings are mostly clear. Overall, this gun rates in about Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: A cleaning rod is provided.
Our Assessment: This is a Weimar Republic Mauser that somehow ended up in Turkey. Actually it ended up here in the U.S. but we know the rifle was made in Germany in 1916 and we know there is Turkish writing and the word “Turkey” stamped on the receiver. However there is no Turkish crest. In any case this is a WWI era solid as a rock Mauser. Add this oddball to your collection, and take it out shooting.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This rifle can be transferred in California.
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