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1943 Norwegian K98k Mauser Rifle
1943 Norwegian K98k (.30-06) Mauser Rifle
(Mfg by J.P. Sauer und Sohn)

Caliber: ................................... 7.62mm (.30-06 - NOT 7.62x51mm)
Rifling: .................................... 4-groove, RH Twist. 1 Turn in 254mm (10.0 in.)
Barrel Length: ......................... 23.6 in. (600mm)
Overall Length: ........................ 43.7 in. (1110mm)
Weight: ................................... 8.38 lb. (3.8 kg without sling, ammo or bayonet)
Magazine Capacity: .................... 5 rounds
Total K98k Qty Mfg ................... 14,048,789 (Estimated 1934 - 1945 from Richard Law's calculations), though less than 250,000 are estimated to have been absorbed by Norway after 1945.

Source: ....................... Backbone of the Wehrmacht (The German K98k Rifle, 1934 - 1945) by Richard D Law" (1993) - ISBN: 0-88935-139-2 and Mauser Military Rifles of the World, 4th ed. by Robert W. Ball (2006) - ISBN-13: 978-0-89689-296-5

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Full length view of the Norwegian K98k in .30-06, along with a stick grenade and the issue M84/98 bayonet.

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Reverse side view.  Note the issue K98k sling.

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This rifle, marked FLY, is Norwegian air force issue.  Army issue HAER marked rifles are far more common.

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Note the KAL 7.62mm markings.  Note that when this rifle was converted, the 7.62x51mm had not yet been developed and 7.62mm refers to 7.62 M2 ball, or .30-06.  Also note the older German receiver markings.

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Rear ladder sight.  Note that the Norwegians changed the V notch to a U notch.  Virtually no .30-06 Norwegian mausers have matching rear sigh ladders as they were removed for conversion.

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Note the restamped serial number to match the Norwegian serial number added to the receiver.

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Front band.  Note most parts match the original German serial number still stamped below the new Norwegian serial number on the receiver.

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Muzzle.  Not the square post as opposed to the German inverted V.

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Matching rear band.

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Note the Eagle77 WaA stamps on the base.  Bases may not be original as they were removed and replaced during re-barrelling.

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WaA 359 on the receiver meaning the original JP Sauer receiver was forged at Walther's Zella-Melis plant.  The ciscled A is thought to be a Norwegian proof mark.

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Note the rear sight ladder is a late-war variant without reverse numbers.  Also note the slide and button match the German serial numbers on the receiver.

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Rear sight ramp, matching.

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Receiver markings.  CE43.  Note the relief cut to accommodate .30-06 spitzer ammo.

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Note the Heer proof on the stock dating to the rifle's original German origin.

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Note the dowel re-inforcing pin in the dish cut.  Tis is almost a universal feature on Norwegian .30-06 conversions to strengthen the trigger slot web of the stock.

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WaA's on the bolt shroud and under the bolt handle.

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Note the bolt body used at refurb does NOT match the original German serial number.  Sometimes the bolts are original matching, other times they are not.  The Norwegians used whatever was necessary to assemble a serviceable rifle.

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More bolt details.

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Note the butt plate has the new Norwegian serial number applied.

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What appears to be a rack number stamped into the pistol grip.

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Bolt stop, matches German serial numbers.

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Floorplate and trigger guard match the original serial number.  Inside, the trigger guard's magazine box has been lengthened to accommodate the .30-06 round.

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bayonet lug and cleaning rod.

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Rear side of the sling keeper.  The markings are faint, but they read "clo 41".

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Open receiver.

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