The Mauser "98" series is world-famous principally because Mauser designs were until the introduction of the self-loading rifles the most widely used operating system, illustrated is the original Gew 98 used in World War II by reserve formations and Volkssturm personnel, but the Wehrmacht's Kar 98k is essentially similar.
Between 1919 and 1939 all the great German arms firms (Mauser, Walther, Haenel and Genschow) manufactured air and 0.22 calibre rifles which, except for the barrel and breech arrangements, were exact copies of the Mauser 98a. This facilitated military training in violation of the Versailles Treaty.
The Kar 98k was the standard Infantry rifle of the German Army, having been introduced in 1935. During the war's course, the Kar 98k underwent many minor variations in standard of finish, stock material, and design of lesser fittings such as barrel bands. Several other rifles were ultimately taken into the German Army to supplement the 98k, and were known as "fremdengerate" (foreign weapons); amongst them a Czech Mauser carbine which became the Gew 33/40 and an Hungarian Mannlicher, the Gew 98/40.
Basic Data (Kar 98K)
Feed: Box magazine. 5 rounds capacity (no magazine cut-off)
M.V.: Approximately 2.800f/s with standard German rifle ammunition
Barrel length: 23.4in
Overall length: (without bayonet) 43.5in
Weight: 9 Ib
Sights: V Blade front sight, rear leaf with open V notch graduated from 100 to 200 metres
Maximum range: Approximately 3.000 yards
Effective range: About 600 yards