112. Rare SS Marked and Reworked GEW 98 Bolt Action Rifle

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serial #4582, 8mm Mauser, 24" barrel with a very good bore that shows some scattered frosting and some oxidation near muzzle. The metal surfaces show a fading arsenal-quality blue finish with scattered areas of freckling, silvering scratches and some small areas of oxidation staining. The walnut stock rates very good as lightly-cleaned with an added oil finish, a faded large "Death Head" marking on pistolgrip, a 2" x 1 1/2" armorer repair on the underside of butt, scattered dings, scratches and handling marks. The buttplate and front triggerguard screw are force matched, the floorplate, front sight, follower, triggerguard, barrel, stock, bands and bolt stop are matching to the receiver but the remaining parts appear unnumbered or mismatched. The top of the receiver is unmarked, underside of the barrel is correctly marked with German commercial proofs and the left side of the barrel is marked with an "SS2/(Death Head)" marking and another "(Death Head)" marking. The early SS rifles were converted from older weapons such as the GEW 98 due to the fact that the SS was outside of the regular German armed forces. One of the small triggerguard screws is not present and a folding muzzle cap is included. A solid example of these rare and infamous rifles for the World War Two collector. (207879-216) {C&R} [Craig Brown Collection] (3000/5000) SOLD FOR $4,025.00

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