Mauser K98k Field Strip

The Mauser 98 stands in history as Paul Mauser’s masterpiece; Every little thing, every improvement that he could think of came together in the Model 1898, and the K98k is a carbine version of his famous rifle. The K98k rifle is notorious for being used and implemented by Nazi Germany, but countless other nations have used the rifle to suit their needs. Today the gun is still in production, and most bolt action rifles being produced today use a modified Mauser action of some sort (with most changes being present for cost cutting reasons). In this episode of TFBTV we take apart a 1944 dated K98k.

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Alex C.

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


  • gunsandrockets

    uh, wrong video alert!

  • LG

    Mauser 98 forever.

  • Also this is a bit of a frankengun. Almost no parts match but it is mechanically fine and will throw lead down range.

  • john huscio

    Prefer Swedish and Spanish musters myself.

  • Isaac Newton

    Your comments on the welded barrel band got me thinking is it possible for you to comment (perhaps on future takedown videos) on how some of the important parts may have been made (non obvious)? Machining, forging, casting, stamping, extrusion…etc.

  • Brian Fulmer

    Mausers kind of ruined me for Mosin’s, even though I gave two I didn’t like away (one came back). I definitely like my Persian better than my 03A3. Good vid, thank you.

    • DGR

      Same here, I just cant go back. It would be like trading a 2016 Corvette for a 1996 Cavalier…

  • Bucho4Prez

    Have to admit, to my shame, that I have never disassembled the bolt on my 98k… Maybe one of these days I will get up the gumption.

  • Mack

    I got a question: was is the Mauser 98 considered the father of the modern bolt action rifle? or how is the R700 derived from it?

  • UCSPanther

    The Mauser Kar98k and the M1917 Enfield are my two favorite military turnbolts.

  • Richard

    It looks like you could stab someone to death with the firing pin.