The German Mauser Gewehr 98 5+1 7.92mm bolt-action rifle has been sold, copied or imitated all over the world. Its DWM brand is short for Deutschen Waffen und Munitionsfabriken (German Weapon and Munitions Factory).
The company established in 1896, making munitions in Karlsruhe and arms in Berlin. The Mauser Gewehr 98, launched barely two years later, was an immediate homerun. Over 9,000,000 were built when production ceased in 1935. But that’s just the start.
Among other laurels, it’s the basis of other greats such as the Springfield M1903. Springfield made a near copy with some tweaks and then even developed its .30-06 from the Mauser’s 7.92mm ammo.
While production of the original Gewehr 98 ended in 1935, starting 2019 or thereabouts, the firm resumed production with three models. These reincarnations are extremely faithful to the originals. The trio counts the entry-level (so to speak) Model 98 EXPERT, Model 98 DIPLOMAT uses luxurious Grade 7 wood and the larger caliber Model 98 MAGNUM.
Mauser claims its guns are the best combination of the original drawings and modern manufacturing and hand-fitted craftsmanship. Mauser mills the receiver from a single block of forged steel. No surprise, Mauser cold hammer forges its barrels making them markedly accurate, dependable and tough. All these G98s use M98 style open sights. The receivers are double cross-bolted into the stock for resilience and stability.
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Gewehr 98 Author: Jonathan Ferguson