The Karabiner 1898 Kurz was used by the Wehrmacht from 1935 to 1945. The designation K98K translates to: short carbine model 98. The Mauser rifle family dates back to the 1890's. The weapon was introduced by order of the Kaiser in 1898 as the Gewehr 98. This rifle became the standard infantry weapon of all German forces. A modified, shortened version of the rifle (K98K) was introduced into the Wehrmacht in 1935. The K98K was shorter than the Gewehr 98, had a different front sight, and had a curved rather than straight bolt action handle with a fixed internal magazine of five rounds.
The K98k was also used very effectively as a sniper rifle when a ZF41 2.5x scope or a ZF42 5x scope was attached. Additionally, the K98k could fire both explosive and armor piercing grenades by the attachment of a shot cup to the end of the rifle. The Wehrmacht entered the Second World War with a nearly 3 million K98k rifles. The estimated cost of each rifle was seventy Reich Marks. A German infantryman could fire about 15 rounds per minute. It is estimated that about 14 million rifles were produced over ten years.
The K98 Mauser today is a sought after World War II collectors rifle. Its reputation for accuracy is known worldwide. They are simply a pleasure to shoot.