Mauser Gewehr 1898

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Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser. The only visual difference between the 98b and 98k is the 98b has a 29.1" barrel and correspondingly longer stock.
Post WW1 Weimar reissue Scharfschutzengewehr98 - 7.92x57mm Mauser. Note tangent-leaf rear sight, indicative of Reichswehr service.

The Gewehr 98 rifle was the final development in Mauser's line of turn-bolt rifles. First patented by Paul Mauser in 1896, it was adopted by the Imperial German Army in 1898. The Gew.98 action featured cock-on-opening, meaning that the cocking piece was forced back (and thus the mainspring compressed) by camming with an inclined-plane cut into the circular wall of the bolt body. Furthermore, the diameter of the receiver ring was increased by 1/8" (3.18mm), allowing the receiver to withstand greater chamber pressures.

The Gew. 98 incorporated several new safety features designed to cope with a burst cartridge. First, the receiver incorporated a ring of metal that would surround the bolt head between the locking lugs and the chamber face when the bolt was fully locked. This was to prevent the gasses from a burst cartridge from forcing the bolt head apart and traveling down the bolt raceway. The bolt body also had two large holes in the wall of the bolt, which allowed gasses from a breached primer to vent laterally out of the side of the bolt, rather than compressing and deforming the mainspring. In case the primary locking lugs gave way, a third locking lug was placed on the rear of the bolt body, which was designed to engage a recess in the bottom of the receiver and prevent the bolt from moving backward. In the event that burst gasses did escape into the bolt raceway, a large flange was designed into the front of the bolt shroud, which would deflect the gasses away from the shooter's face.

The design retained the 29.1" barrel of previous Mauser long rifles, but featured a new rear v-notch quadrant sight now known as the Lange-Visier. A very short handguard extended from the sight base to the lower barrel band, and the buttstock featured a pistol grip for more comfortable shooting. The Gew. 98 also featured a new bayonet lug projecting forward from the forend of the stock, which allowed the bayonet to be mounted closer to the centreline of the bore.

After World War 1, the Weimar Republic adopted the Gew. 98 for the 100,000-man Reichswehr allowed them under the Treaty of Versailles. The Lange sight was replaced with a conventional v-notch tangent-leaf sight, which would be retained on the later Kar98b, Mauser Standard-Modell, and the Kar98k. Other variants based on the Gew. 98 can be found on the Mauser Rifle Series page.

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Specifications

(1898 - 1918)

Type: Battle Rifle

Weight: Gewehr 98: 9 lbs (4.1 kg), Karabiner 98a: 7.7 lbs (3.5 kg)

Length: Gewehr 98: 49.2 in (125 cm), Karabiner 98a: 42.9 in (109 cm)

Barrel length: Gewehr 98: 29.1 in (74 cm), Karabiner 98a: 23.2 in (59 cm)

Cartridge: 7.92x57mm Mauser

Capacity: 5 round internal magazine fed with 5-round stripper clips

Fire modes: Bolt action


The Mauser Gewehr 1898 and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Wonder Woman German soldiers 2017
Batalion German soldiers 2015
Stalingrad A German soldier 2013
Emden Men German Sailors 2012
War Horse Nicolas Bro Friedrich 2011
German soldiers
My Best Enemy SS guards 2011
Hans Kloss. Stawka wieksza niz smierc WWII German mariner patrolman 2012
Battle of Warsaw 1920 Polish troops / Red Army soldiers 2011
Beneath Hill 60 German Soldiers 2010
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Liev Schreiber Victor Creed During melee fight in WW1 2009
Hugh Jackman James Howlett During melee fight in WW1
German soldiers
Spoils of War 2009
Mutant Chronicles Devon Aoki Cpl. Valerie Duval Modified into Sci-Fi rifle 2009
The Red Baron German soldiers 2008
Bavarian Outlaw Simon Schwarz Gendarm Grasser 2008
Thomas Schmauser Gendarm Förtsch
Michael Schreiner Policeman
Hitler's Kaput! (Gitler kaput!) German soldiers 2008
The Bridge François Goeske Albert Mutz 2008
Lars Steinhöfel Walter Forst
Alexander Becht Ernst Scholten
Florian Heppert Siegi Lindner
German soldiers
Frontier(s) Patrick Ligardes Karl 2007
Days of Glory Roschdy Zem Messaoud with Zeiss ZF42 scope and curved bolt handle 2006
Bernard Blancan Sergent Roger Martinez with Zeiss ZF42 scope and curved bolt handle
Flyboys WWI German soldiers 2006
The Wind That Shakes The Barley IRA Members 2006
King Kong SS Venture Crew 2005
Joyeux Noel Benno Fürmann Nikolaus Sprink 2005
A Very Long Engagement WWI German soldiers 2004
Strange Gardens (Effroyables jardins) Bernard Collins Bernd 2003
Christian Koerner Otto
Rémi Thiberge Karl
Markus Fennert Fritz
Benoît Magimel Emile Bailleul
Nazi German soldiers
The Lost Battalion WWI German Sniper Fitted with telescopic sight 2001
Uprising SS soldiers 2001
Three Kings Shiite Refugees 1999
Bataan WWII Japanese Soldiers Impersonating Arisakas 1998
Legionnaire Rif/Berber Horsemen 1998
Kamel Krifa Abd-El Krim
Anaconda Jennifer Lopez Terri 1997
Jon Voight Paul Sarone
Ice Cube Danny Rich
Capitaine Conan Bulgarian soldiers 1996
Michael Collins Jonathan Rhys Meyers IRA Sniper 1996
The Quest Dobbs' men and Turk smugglers 1996
Nemesis 2: Nebula Sue Price Alex Sinclair 1995
Legends of the Fall WWI German soldiers 1994
A Midnight Clear German soldiers 1992
The Last Emperor Kuomintang soldier 1987
Biggles: Adventures in Time WWI German soldiers 1986
Three Amigos Kai Wulff The German 1986
Alfonso Arau El Guapo
The Jewel Of The Nile Arab Tribesmen 1985
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Chinese Soldier at Airport 1984
Sahara Nomadic tribes fighters 1983
The Lives of a Bengal Lancer Gérard Rinaldi Alfred 1983
Jean Sarrus Emile
Gérard Filipelli Marcel
German soldiers
The Big Red One Seen on ground 1980
The Stuntman WWI German soldiers 1980
The Passage Malcolm McDowell Capt. von Berkow 1979
Marcel Bozzuffi Perea
German soldiers
Go Tell the Spartans James Hong The Old Man 1978
A Bridge Too Far German soldiers 1977
The Island of Dr Moreau Burt Lancaster Dr. Paul Moreau Commercial model 1977
The Eagle Has Landed WWII German soldiers 1976
Smoke and Shorty (Smok i Malysh) A prospector 1976
The Land That Time Forgot Doug McClure Bowen Tyler 1975
John McEnery Capt. Friedrich von Schoenvorts
Keith Barron John Bradley
The Wind and the Lion Berber warriors 1975
The Old Gun (Le vieux fusil) WWII German soldiers 1975
Borsalino and Co. Reinhard Kolldehoff Sam 1974
The Odessa File WWII German soldiers Flashback Scenes 1974
The Last Four Days Italian partisans 1974
Zeppelin WWI German soldiers 1971
You Can't Win 'Em All greek soldiers 1970
The Battle of Neretva Ustasha patrol and partisans 1969
Oh! What a Lovely War German soldiers 1969
The Green Berets Mike Force soldier 1968
The Last Adventure Found in the old arsenal 1967
Is Paris Burning? German soldiers 1966
Pierrot Goes Wild (Pierrot le Fou) Anna Karina Marianne Renoir With a Scope 1965
OAS members Fitted with a scope and suppressor
Behold A Pale Horse Gregory Peck Manuel Artiguez Fitted with a scope and suppressor 1964
Guardia Civil
The Train German soldiers & French resistance 1964
55 Days at Peking German soldiers, Chinese troops and "Boxers" 1963
The World in My Pocket U. S. Military Police 1961
Five Branded Women Carla Gravina Mira 1960
German soldiers, Italian partisans
Forty-Four Mutineers Juraj Sarvas Viktor Kolibec 1959
Dusan Blaskovic Tono Mikles
Austria Hungarian Soldiers
Carve Her Name With Pride French Resistance Fighter 1958
Ice Cold in Alex German soldiers, bedouins Converted to carbine lenght 1958
And Quiet Flows the Don (Tikhiy Don) German and French soldiers 1957
Paths of Glory French soldiers 1957
Between Heaven and Hell Japanese soldiers 1956
The Desert Rats German soldiers in one scene shown with bolt pulled back 1953
Action B (Akce B) Czech insurgent 1952
Go for Broke! German soldier 1951
Wolves' Lairs (Vlcie diery) German sniper 1948
Golden Earrings German soldiers 1947
Dead Reckoning Seen propped against couch 1947
The Story of G.I. Joe WWII German Soldier 1945
The Fighting Seabees Japanese soldiers Some equipped with the sniper scopes and flash hiders 1944
Ivan Nikulin: Russian Sailor (Ivan Nikulin - Russkiy Matros) Mikhail Rumyantsev Italian soldier 1944
Sahara German soldiers 1943
Immortal Sergeant Italian and German soldiers 1943
Hangmen Also Die! German soldiers, SS men 1943
Gung Ho! IJA Soldier 1943
Native Shores (Rodnye berega) German soldiers 1943
T-9 Submarine (Podvodnaya lodka T-9) German and Finnish soldiers 1943
Somewhere in France German soldiers 1942
Sergeant York WWI German soldiers 1941
Sundown Emmett Smith Kipsang 1941
Bruce Cabot William Crawford
George Sanders Major A.L. Coombes
Tribe fighters
In the Rear of the Enemy (V tylu vraga) Finnish soldiers 1941
The Fighting 69th WWI German soldiers 1940
The General Died at Dawn General Yang's troops 1936
La Bandera Jean Gabin Pierre Gilieth 1935
Raymond Aimos Marcel Mulot
Legionnaires
Shock Troop German soldiers 1934
The First Platoon (Pervyy vzvod) German soldiers 1933
Marionettes (Marionetki) Soldiers of "Bufferia" 1933
Hell on Earth German soldier 1931
Dishonored Austro-Hungarian soldiers 1931
Sniper German, Russian and British soldiers 1931
All Quiet on the Western Front WWI German soldiers 1930
Westfront 1918 WWI German soldiers 1930
Hell's Angels WWI German soldiers 1930
Journey's End German soldiers 1930
The New Babylon French officers anachronistic 1929
Verdun: Visions of History German soldiers 1928
Four Sons German soldiers 1928
Wings WWI German soldiers 1927
The End of St. Petersburg Imperial Russian and German soldiers bayonet attached 1927
Hearts of the World George Siegmann German officer Von Strohm 1918
German soldiers

Television

Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Reilly: Ace of Spies John Castle Count Massino 1983
Anzacs German & Turkish troops 1985
Rebel Heart IRA fighter 2001
Hitler: The Rise of Evil Robert Carlyle Adolf Hitler 2003
Verdun: Descent into Hell German soldiers 2006
The Somme – From Defeat to Victory German soldiers 2006
Birdsong German soldiers 2012
The White Guard (Belaya gvardiya) Soldiers of several armies 2012
The Man in the High Castle Greater Nazi Reich soldiers 2015

Video Game

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
Medal of Honor: Underground 2000
Empires: Dawn of the Modern World 2003
Battlefield: 1918 2004
Peter Jacksons King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie 2005
Darkest of Days 2009
The Saboteur Steiner Rifle 2009
NecroVisioN 2009
NecroVisioN: Lost Company 2010
The Great War 1918 2013
Battle of Empires : 1914-1918 2014
Verdun Gewehr '98 2015
Battlefield 1 2016

Anime

Title Character Note Date
Space Pirate Captain Herlock: The Endless Odyssey - Outside Legend 2002
Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo 2004-2005
Saga of Tanya the Evil Empire troops with Reichswehr tangent-leaf rear sight 2017

Animation

Title Character Note Date
Archer German Sniper "Double Deuce" (S02E05) 2011






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