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Thread: HELP! Polish K98 Marking help!

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    Default HELP! Polish K98 Marking help!

    I just bought a rifle and need some help, its a WWI Polish K98, a reparations rifle from Germany, later it was sold/given to Spain during the Spanish civil war (which I know because there is a large "A" stamped on the stock). It was scrubbed of all receiver markings except the serial number "40XX H" and a small "790" at the top center of the receiver ring below the step, plus the serial number repeated on other parts. The other markings I'm curious about are in the sling bar well, on one side is a gothic "4" and another mark on the other side that I've included a crude drawing of (little ladybug looking thing). Any information on these markings and the rifle would be greatly appreciated.

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    Welcome Gonzo. I'm going to link this to the Mauser board as they may be able to help you more than we can.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hambone View Post
    Welcome Gonzo. I'm going to link this to the Mauser board as they may be able to help you more than we can.
    Cheers,
    Hambone
    Thank you! I'm going crazy trying to find someone to help me with this. I'm starting to think these are rarer than i thought.

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    one thing about Polish mausers are that there are many proof marks on the bolt and barrel under the wood that are hard to ID or define.Many inspecton marks.The carbine you have pictured looks like a Polish mfg K-98-The stacking hook is different than Kar98 that the Germans used in WW1.While there may be some German mfg parts on the carbine the Poles made quite a few K-98 carbines themselves.
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    hey mike, enjoying your new carbine?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Betonfahrer View Post
    one thing about Polish mausers are that there are many proof marks on the bolt and barrel under the wood that are hard to ID or define.Many inspecton marks.The carbine you have pictured looks like a Polish mfg K-98-The stacking hook is different than Kar98 that the Germans used in WW1.While there may be some German mfg parts on the carbine the Poles made quite a few K-98 carbines themselves.
    I have a Polish made Karabinek wz 98 but she was scrubbed and sold to the Spaniards for use in the Spanish Civil war.

    She is a bit mis-matched but it looks like half of the rifle has parts from two other rifles as serials match in different parts but not the receiver.

    The bolt also appears to be from a Greek Mauser as the other marks on it are Greek letters.

    As far as some of the few symbols are concerned, I have no reference to identify them but I would love to find out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gun Addict View Post
    hey mike, enjoying your new carbine?
    Yes I am, is that you Tim??? Just trying to figure out what this weird proof mark is, to no avail. Figured out what the "790" was, kind of a "Duh!" moment, its the bore diameter..... But I can't figure out this little proof mark that I'm sure I've seen before somewhere and can't remember what I saw it on, needless to say its driving me crazy!

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    Yeah it's me

    well good, the crazier it drives you the better it makes me feel :eek:

    you going to the gunshow coming up? I'll bring the SP M1 carbine there, the rear sight is loose and i need some stuff to tighten it up

    btw, have you shot the K98 yet?
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    Ill be at the show, not sure what time though. Haven't had time to shoot the k98 yet, probably won't for awhile, between the baby and work its hard to get out to the range anymore. I'm still pretty bummed out that I sold the carbine with out ever getting to shoot it, I hope I don't turn in to one of those guys that collects guns but never shoots them. I wanna take the k98 apart but those trigger guard screws are trashed, too torn up to turn very hard and too tight to finesse loose. I love the polish k98 for the history of it, that's how I got into collecting in the first place, fun tangable history.

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    well good luck getting the receiver screw off. I looked at it, did a few turn with a gunsmith screw and decided it's not worth getting all frustrated over. Try taking it to a gunsmith or machine shop, i'm sure they will find a way to get it out
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    Yeah, I'm half tempted to drill it out with a screw remover kit, but I'd hate to do it and have it still not budge. I've got some spare screws from a parts collection I bought a few months ago.

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