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H005181 K98 SLING.(K98 Trägriemen)
BACKGROUND: The development and production of German army ordnance was under the supervision of the HwaA, Heereswaffenamt, (Army Ordnance Office), which was a subsection of the OKH, Oberkommando des Heeres, (High Command of the Army), and was responsible for testing, evaluation and eventual issue of all ordnance. The HwaA would issue all ordnance to a units Quartiermeister, (Supply HQ unit/Quartermaster), which contained the units Administration, Medical, Veterinarian, and Transport officer’s and its main responsibility was the control of all supplies to the forward troops including all vehicle fuel, and lubricant requirements as well as animal feed and rations and ammunition and accessories. The K98 rifle evolved from the WWI Mauser Gew 98 model with slight modifications. The main modification was the shortening of the rifle. Due to restrictions of the Versailles Treaty the K98, wasn’t actual produced in Germany until 1934, although the Mauser company had licenced out production rights to other European countries. When issued all K98's were equipped with a carrying sling. Of Note: The K98 and MP38/40 slings are almost identical and are interchangeable. The main difference is the K98 sling has three stud holes and the MP38/40 sling only has two stud holes. Also the K98 has the separate leather covered steel tab, which the MP38/40 sling didn’t require.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 128cm long, 23mm wide, age and usage darkened, brown leather construction K98 rifle sling with steel fittings. The sling has a faint, impressed, groove near each outside edge and an all over, impressed, diamond pattern to the exterior side for better grip. One end of the sling has a pointed tip with three, cut-out, tear-drop shaped, stud eyelets and a separate, leather covered, tooled steel tab with an extended steel stud for fastening it to the K98. The opposite end of the sling is folded over and machine stitched to the reverse to secure a partially leather covered, tooled steel, grasping buckle with an internal, gripper bar. Leather to the grasping buckle is slightly torn. The sling also has a sliding, leather, retaining loop intact. Unmarked.
GRADE *** 3/4 PRICE $149.00
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