Now here's a bolt-action the German Wehrmacht (defense force) couldn't
say enough good about. But then it was their standard infantry rifle during World War II.
Developed in 1935 by Germany's finest long-gun arms maker, Mauser, in
service from the mid-1930s to the present, the Kar98k, K98k, a.k.a.,
Karabiner 98 Kurz (short) is a carbine chambered in 7.92x57mm IS that is much sought after by today's collectors.
As we all know, Mauser produced a string of excellent military firearms.
Karabiner 98k is the pinnacle of that company - and country's - arms design.
The Kurz is a bolt-action rifle based on the Mauser Model 98 (1898).
It is chambered in the ubiquitous German 7.62x57 as is the Model 98, but
features a turned-down bolt handle design unlike the Mauser 98 with its straight-bolt handle.
There was a method to the German designers' madness (i.e., turned-down bolt). It
made mounting a sniper scope easier, accounting for much of the rifle's service use.
The K98k has an internal, staggered magazine of five rounds that is loaded by
way of stripper clips. It's short - slightly more than 43 1/2 inches, including
its 23 1/2-inch barrel (probably why it's called a carbine) - and it weighs a modest 8 pounds and change.
With iron sights the Kurz hurls spitzer rounds nearly 2,500 feet per second a
good 1,600 feet or more. Using passable optics, it's capable of sniper precision to half a mile!
Now that's nothing to sneeze at - especially if you're on the Russian front, on
the receiving end of all that German attention - and long-range firepower.
Like any good military rifle, the Kurz has its drawbacks.
It's heavy, and it wasn't the fastest cycling shooting iron on the front.
But given the opportunity to add one of these bad boys to your arsenal - rather,
your fine gun collection - it would be a very smart investment, indeed.
In the world of gun collecting, you could make worse selections. After all, the
K98k is one of der Fuhrer's finest legacies, next to the Autobahn and the Volkswagen.