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GUNS Magazine February 2012 Digital Edition - Page 46
Bringing a rare K98k sniper rifle back into service. was no scope. He said, “Because it still had the mounts on the action.” Feeling dubious, I still decided to take a look, since my route went through Bozeman anyway. It indeed was a World War II German sniper rifle, and a rare one to boot. Most German sniper rifles were built on the K98k 8mm Mauser, but the manner in which their scopes were affixed varied to a bewildering degree. Mounting arrangements exist that gained names such as long side rail, short side rail, single claw, double claw, high turret and low turret. What the pawnshop owner showed me was a worn but still decent condition K98k with all numbered parts matching and a barrel date of 1943. Also it was wearing turret mounts. Those are unique. The front is a large open ring into which fits a truncated cone front-scope ring. Also, This time I’m going to tell you about a very historical there is a tunnel through both front and rear mounts, so rifle I bought recently. Getting it into action again was one the open barrel sights are usable just in case the scope is of those times when everything just literally fell together— damaged. sort of. Here’s how it played out. In my ignorance, I had no idea as to whether I was About a month prior to this writing, my cell phone looking at high turrets or low turrets. That didn’t deter me rang just as I was pulling onto the highway on my way to from buying the rifle, because the fact was that in all my life a weekend BPCR silhouette match. It was a friend calling I had seen nary a German turret mount sniper rifle. They to tell me about a rifle he saw in a pawnshop in Bozeman, are not exactly common. Mont. He said it was a German “sniper rifle” but sans scope Here’s how my thinking went. Knowing many types of or rings. I asked how he knew it was a “sniper rifle,” if there sniper rifle mounts and even scopes are being reproduced nowadays, my rather simplistic idea was I’d fill Duke’s happiness is evident and caused by how easy it was to return his K98k with turretin the missing blanks with replica rings and mount scope system back to original condition. Other projects haven’t been as easy. replica scope. Then at least I’d have myself a good shooting, almost original example of a historical firearm. Not! As said above I was ignorant. But ignorance can be cured by research and I had two books at home to help. One was Sniper Variations Of The German K98k Rifle by Richard D. Law. The other was The German Sniper 1914-1945 by Peter R. Senich. Both books contain chapters about turret-type rifles. According to them, two German factories built turret K98ks. They were Mauser-Werke Oberndorf and Sauer & Sohn. The German military was famous for stamping “Waffenamts” (inspector’s stamps) all over equipment. Mauser-Werke Oberndorf’s Waffenamt for turret sniper rifles was “135.” Sauer & Sohn’s was “37.” The “135” Waffenamts were supposed to be in specific locations on both barrel and scope mounts, and sure enough my new K98k I Mike “Duke” Venturino Photos: Yvonne Venturino n my never-ending quest to shoot historical firearms, there are usually bumps in the road getting a new find up-and-running. Such have ranged from broken firing pins (Japanese Type 14 8mm Nambu) to hopelessly ruined barrels (Sharps Model 1874 Long Range .45 2-6/10" target rifle). Often it takes much time, trouble and treasure to get such guns in good form again. 46 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 2