K98k Rifle: Backbone of the Wehrmacht

The German K98k served Nazi Germany from the mid 1930s until the end of World War II, and was by far the most prolific German small arm during the conflict. The rifle is essentially a shorter, lighter, and handier version of the old Gewehr 98 rifles with some tweaks and modifications to make it more suitable for use by the German war machine. In this video, we take out one of these old workhorses and do a bit of shooting.

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Alex C.

Alex is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and Director of TFBTV.


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  • Rnasser Rnasser

    What a great specimen of a K98k you got, Alex! One of my favorite rifles of all time.

  • Reef Blastbody

    I have a pair of CETME rebarreled Wehrmacht captures, the FR7 and FR8, based on the small ring and large ring Mauser 98 action respectively. They were rechambered in 7.62X51 as an interim while CETME and Ludwig Vohrgrimler developed what would eventually become the Model C battle rifle, which H&K would then license as the G3 and all their other roller delayed blowback guns.

    Fun little carbines, and while I believe both the FR7 and FR8 are safe with modern .308, I’e only shot milsurp 7.62X51, and they’re really quite nice to shoot.

  • Matt

    Okay, rifle – cool, but the salient question is, Wehrdafuq d’you get that shirt?!?!

  • HKmaster

    Beautiful rifle! May i ask how much you paid for it?

  • Why you no run and gun any more, don’t like heat stroke? 🙂 I do enjoy your run and gun videos.

    • The series has been postponed due to rain in North Texas. It rained every day for like a month, and my range still is flooded.

      • Yeah, its been raining just as much down here in the Houston area as well. I have considered getting lumber delivered for an ark project.

  • mechamaster

    The Kar98k and the m/38 and m/41 ‘Swedish Mauser’ is my favourite classic bolt-action rifle now !

  • derpmaster

    Great sound in the video. Really captures the noise and echo of a high powered rifle.

  • Lance

    Like the K-98K is far more handy and likeable than the LONG G-98 from WW1. One I shot was made in 1938 and was in the regular Wehrmacht rifle. Cool thing is I do know this was brought to the US by a USGI and its used in the West. One way to find out as if you look at the German markings. The Russian and later the east Europeans who used them briefly in the 50s ground out most German markings on the rifle. Most captured by US and UK forces kept there proof marks.
    The K-98K also was used after WW2 in the 50s and 60s by East German, Romanian and Army reserve and auxiliary units till the number of AK-47s could replace them. Still found in Syria Iraq and Afghanistain by enemy forces today.

    • SlowJoeCrow

      They also saw use in the West. Israel was a major user of mostly Czech supplied Kar98ks which were converted to 7.62 in the 50s and sold off in the 70s. France also used a lot in the 40s-50s mostly in the Foreign Legion, where a lot of them ended up in Vietnam.

  • Joshua Knott

    Just watched the video on youtube and I just want to say, Alex that has to be the most beautiful K98k I’ve ever laid eyes upon. My grandfather has two that hes had since after the war, I’m not sure how he got a hold of them, as one is mainly all matching numbers aside from the rear sight. He’s never shot them and I’ve never understood why.

  • The comments aren’t closed. You can comment anytime you want. you did put a link in your comment so it was blocked and came to me for moderation.

    • Mountain Rock Hauler

      On that article the comments are closed. Big letters “Comments for this thread are now closed.”

  • I don’t know where you got your information, but it is extremely incorrect. Are you saying that if I purchased a rifle for $20 in 1970, in 2016 I have to sell it for $20? Of course not.
    You are absolutely allowed to sell your private property for any amount you want, however you cannot be engaged in the business of buying and selling without a license.

    • Mountain Rock Hauler

      I opened my mouth before getting all my facts straight and I was wrong about not being able to sell a firearm if the price happens to go up. But to buy firearms with the intention of making a profit is illegal unless you have a FFL. From the ATF website ” ‘with the principle objective of livelihood and profit’ means that ‘the intent underlying the sale or disposition of firearms is predominantly one of obtaining livelihood and pecuniary gain, as opposed to other intents, such as improving or liquidating a personal firearms collection.’ ” To purchase firearms with the intention of reselling them at a higher value does not fall under “improving or liquidating” it falls under “profit”. So before I sold an NFA weapon for profit I would be sure to okay the “profit” with the ATF. Because NFA weapons are rare enough without the ATF claiming you were dealing in firearms without a license then seizing and destroying it, then imprisoning you. And ATF agents do entrap people by selling someone a gun then buying it back through a second agent, happened to my dad once he bought a small pistol from a guy for cheap, then two minutes later another guy walks up and do you have that pistol. He was not stupid and knew what was going on, told him “No I do not have that pistol for sale, I have wanted one of those for a long time now and now I have one.”