Anschutz Reichswehr .22

Mauser Dsm Blueprints

German Gtw 9S. Top drawing shows left side section of rifle with fixed case in chamber. Except for compressed magazine spring, all parts are at rest. This design has a one-piece striker.

Center drawing illustrates ejection system. Ejector operated by bolt in its rearward travel is being swung out to free empty case from grip of extractor and pivot it out of the rifle. Note guide rib on top of bolt cylinder and safety lug at rear; these are characteristics of all rifles based on the Mauser OS system,

The bottom drawing shows chamber loaded and rifle ready to fire. Note that in this design the bolt sleeve screws into the rear of the bolt cylinder. This is considered the strongest form of bolt design.

their rifles after they were empty, as the magazine follower did not interfere with bolt closing when the arm was empty.

The necessity for maximum production would not permit changeover to new models at that time, but they evolved two major experimental models.

The 98/17 was developed to permit speeding up manufacture by reducing machine operations without interfering with the basic 98 design. A bolt cover was added to protect the bolt in trench warfare. It was soon discarded. The magazine follower was altered to hold the action open when empty. A tangent leaf sight with a 100-meter setting was provided for the short range fire demanded by fighting in the close quarters developed by trench warfare.

The Gew. 18 was a different approach entirely. It used the Gew. 98 bolt altered slightly for a new enclosed mainspring. A bolt cover was built in. The bolt stop was part of the trigger assembly. Maga7ines of 5, 10 and 25-round capacity were provided. These were detachable box types inserted from below. They could be clip loaded from above. The magazine could be removed only when the action was open.

It must be emphasized that these were experimental rifles. The Treaty of Versailles at the close of World War I prohibited the Germans from changing over, and these arms were not put into general production.

Kar. 98a and Kar. 98b

The Reichswehr, the 100,000 man Army permitted Germany after World War I, immediately turned attention to altering the Gew. and Kar. in line with the lessons learned during the War.

The Gewehr 98 was equipped with 100 meter sights having interchangeable ramps. These ramps permitted adjusting sights to handle either the older "S" bullet with pointed nose and flat base, or the new "SS" bullet with pointed nose and boat tail base. The magazine floor plate was altered to permit use as a dismounting tool when removing or replacing the firing pin. The magazine follower was designed to hold the action open when empty. The sling was still on underside of rifle.

At this time the older Kar. 98 was renamed "Kar. 98a." The "a" in this instance is a code designation to differentiate the pre-War from the post-War design.

The Gew. 98 as altered was fitted with side sling and the bolt handle was bent down. This slight modification was named the "Kar. 98b" and was issued to armored and cavalry units. (Note: These arms are often encountered stamped "Gew. 98" or "Mod. 98".)

Trainer Rifles

Service ammunition of 7.9mm caliber was restricted to 60 rounds per soldier per year. To permit practice and underground training, the Germans developed auxiliary barrels and magazines to permit the use of .22 R. F. ammunition in the standard Gew. and Kar. The next step was the development of a wide variety of .22 rifles closely resembling the Service arm. The ultimate form of these was the "German Sports Model 34" (DSM 34) and the "KKW Model"-"Small caliber service sport rifle."

Pics 4mm Rifle

Typical German Training Hi fie*. Upper photo shows J. C. Anschutz turn-holt 4mm rifle. Lower view shows one variety of turn bolt sprint; operated air rifie. ' &

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  • Luukas
    How to disassembl gew98 bolt?
    8 years ago
  • nairn
    When did germany began putting 100 meter sights on Gewr 98?
    6 years ago

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