Warsaw Uprising, August 1944. 

Note the second K98 slung over the shoulder of the German infantryman.

  • Millions of K98s were captured by the Soviets at the conclusion of World War II and were widely distributed to allies of the Red Army. To this day the K98 continues to appear in conflicts across the world as they are taken out of storage as small arms are needed.

  • K98 receivers were stamped with a factory code indicating date and location of manufacture as well as a myriad of other interesting markings that must be researched in order to be decoded.

Interesting Facts

In 1934 Germany began designing a new rifle for its military. The Karabiner 98k was derived from earlier rifles, namely the Mauser Standardmodell of 1924, the Karabiner 98b, and the Karabiner 98a, all of which in turn had been developed from the Gewehr 98.

Just like its predecessor, the rifle was noted for its reliability, excellent accuracy and an effective range of up to 550 yards with iron sights and 1,100 yards with an 8× optic.

Although semi-automatic rifles such as the G43 were developed in the 1940s The K98 remained the primary German service rifle until the end of World War II in 1945. 

Historic Photographs

Origin:                             Nazi Germany

Military Service:                   1935 - 1945

Wars:                               WWII

Cartridge:                          8MM Mauser

Action:                             Bolt Action

Magazine:                           5 Round Internal Magazine

Significance: Standard service rifle of the German military during WWII.

Karabiner 98k

German cavalry training to fire from the standing position - 1935.