The Mauser 98 (Gewehr 98) is a bolt-action rifle chambered in 7.92x57mm Mauser. The Mauser 98 was the German military’s service rifle beginning in 1898. German soldiers carried and fought with it in the trenches of World War I. Afterward German law enforcement carried it, when necessary, as did hunters. It was an advanced model for its time with a sturdy and accurate barrel. It revolutionized bolt-actions hence “Mauser-type.” The bolt had a large non-rotating claw, so shooters could depend on it to do what it was designed to do: chamber, fire and eject casings. It has a detachable floor plate that holds five rounds. Originally it didn’t have any sights, but little by little, like most rifles, the design evolved. Iron sights were added and later it was redesigned for a scope creating a sniper model. And, finally it was replaced as the German service rifle around 1935 by a shorter version called the 98k.

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