Found this rifle in my Grandfathers basement... Any Ideas?

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Found this rifle in my Grandfathers basement... Any Ideas?

Postby jkbrusdal » 17 Jul 2017 19:50

I was cleaning out my late grandfathers basement, and came across his old hunting rifle.
When I saw a small swastika and eagle stamp, I became curious and did some research, but didn't get very far.
Can someone give me some more information on what this kind of rifle may have been used for, and the value of it.
Located in Norway.
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Re: Found this rifle in my Grandfathers basement... Any Ideas?

Postby Gorque » 18 Jul 2017 01:03

It appears to be a Norwegian Reissue Model K98k Carbine. These were stop-gap rifles issued after the end of hostilities from the vast stocks of surrendered German rifles.

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Re: Found this rifle in my Grandfathers basement... Any Ideas?

Postby Knouterer » 18 Jul 2017 08:53

Many of these ex-German Mausers in Norwegian service were rechambered for the American .30-06 cartridge (as adopted by many NATO countries before the introduction of the 7.62 mm NATO round in the mid-Fifties). The stamping K.ART. means that it was issued to the coast artillery. The word "HAER" for "army" should be stamped on the receiver ring (according to the Standard Digest of Military Firearms).

That same Digest (5th edition of 2009) puts the value of such rifles (on the US market) at between US$ 175 and US$ 700 depending on condition. However, those buggered screws do not look so good and the fact that it has been drilled for scope mounting (by a civilian gunsmith, presumably) would also diminish its value in the eyes of a military rifle collector.
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Re: Found this rifle in my Grandfathers basement... Any Ideas?

Postby Knouterer » 18 Jul 2017 09:23

Here's a thread with some more info about Norwegian Mausers:

https://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=36555&page=1
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Re: Found this rifle in my Grandfathers basement... Any Ideas?

Postby jkbrusdal » 18 Jul 2017 10:35

Thanks guys.
Very helpful and interesting!


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