H019261 K98 MUZZLE COVER. (Mündungsschoner 98K)

BACKGROUND: 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 the K98 came accompanied with assorted accessory items including a sling, a cleaning rod, a M34 cleaning kit and a protective muzzle cover. Originally the muzzle covers were constructed in tooled steel but they proved impractical as the muzzle cap had to be folded back into the open position before the rifle could be fired. This problem was overcome with the introduction of rubber muzzle covers which could be shot off in the case of immediate use. After the introduction of the rubber muzzle covers the manufacture of the earlier steel covers was discontinued.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: The roughly, 2" long, 1 1/4" tall, 1/4" wide, early pattern, blued, tooled steel construction, slip on muzzle cover features a brazed on, raised, forward sight guard and a spring loaded, circular, fold back muzzle cap. The muzzle cover would be slipped on to the end of the K98 barrel and turned to position the sight guard over the forward sight. The spring loaded, circular, fold back muzzle cap was designed to prevent dirt from entering the barrel. The muzzle cover has no visible manufacturer’s markings.

GRADE ***1/2                             PRICE $35.00

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