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Herman ordnance chart of the last Mauser model. Mechanically it is the same as the Gewehr 98.

All Mauser and Mauser System rifles wherever made since 1924 are based on the above design. This differs from the World War I 1898 design in having a broader gas flange; a magazine follower which holds the bolt open when last shell is ejected, different sights and stock. It is also shorter. Mechanically all are nearly indistinguishable.

The Evolution of the Kar, 98

The Kar. 98 underwent no change of any kind from 1908 to 1916. In 1916 a hole was bored through the stock and provided with a bushing. This hole which has been characteristic of all Mausers of military type since that time, serves several purposes. It was originally designed to permit passing a locking rod through the sides of a rifle case, and through the holes in the butts to secure cased rifles for shipment and storage. It was later used as a resting point for the striker in dismount-in the bolt to prevent injury to the point. During World War I it served as a special mount for a trench periscope.

In 1907 finger slots were provided below the rear sight to permit a firmer grasp with the fingers.

During World War I various models of sniping rifles were made, many using 20-shot box magazines, and some equipped with bolt covers. The essential mechanical design, however, has not changed; and most important operating parts are interchangeable.

The "Kar. 98," the "Kar. 98 K," and the "Kan 98 K 42" are practically identical. They differ only in minor points of construction or in manufacturing processes.

They weigh about 9.5 pounds, measure about 43.5 inches overall, and have barrels of about 23.4 inch. Rifling is the same as in the Gewehr 98.

The foresight may be blade or barleycorn with a V-notch radial rearsight.

The descriptive and operational data on pages 121-138 substantially cover all Mauser models wherever made after 1898. Specifically that data is based, however, on the Mauser 1924 series; the pattern was evolved from the Gew. 98 after World War I to increase efficiency and permit mass manufacture.

Belgium, Chinese, Czech, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish and Yugoslav "Mauser System" manufacture is practically identical with the German.

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