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1943 k98 mauser byf h 135 waffenamt vet bring back found in a german fox hole in belgium 1944

Article about: Shame on the rather humped repair of the stock. Sadly the rear sight assembly have been removed totally and likely lost forever. A bit pricey for the issues it has.

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    Default 1943 k98 mauser byf h 135 waffenamt vet bring back found in a german fox hole in belgium 1944

    A rifle I recently purchased from a vets son, here is the email I recieved when I bought it from him as follows.

    This is the real McCoy that saw action in WW2.


    My father was a Lance Corporal in the 23rd Field Regiment RCA during the war and picked this rifle up in a German foxhole in Belgium in 1944. In order to fit it into his duffel bag to bring it back to Canada he had to cut the stock. It was later reconnected back in Canada. In Canada it has been in the family ever since and has been used lightly for deer hunting. The stock still shows the marks of the conflict, but the steel is in good shape and as you may know is of very high quality. According to my later father, it was much better than the Lee Enfield he carried.


    The serial number 6323 is matched on all parts and is visible in at least seven locations that I can see. The byf letters indicate that this rifle was manufactured in Oberndorf, Germany.
    I am looking for $400 canadian for the rifle.
    As far as the history of the rifle, all I can be sure of is that it was picked up by my father, Lance Corporal Foster Ross Inkpen, in Belgium in 1944, when he was part of the 23rd Field Regiment RCA. My brother and I each shot our first deer with the rifle and it has been in the family ever since 1944.


    Have fun.


    Thanks


    Barry
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    Default Re: WW2 1943 german k98 mauser byf h 135 waffenamt vet brring back found in a german fox hole in belgium belgium 1944

    Are those "duffle bag cuts" on the stock from where the GI cut it down to fit in his bag?

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    Default Re: WW2 1943 german k98 mauser byf h 135 waffenamt vet brring back found in a german fox hole in belgium belgium 1944

    Quote by doomtown View Post
    Are those "duffle bag cuts" on the stock from where the GI cut it down to fit in his bag?
    Sure looks that way, what a shame, the guy was no carpenter was he?? It's a wreck.

    Ned.
    'I do not think we can hope for any better thing now.
    We shall stick it out to the end, but we are getting weaker of course, and the end cannot be far.
    It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. R. SCOTT.
    Last Entry - For God's sake look after our people.'

    In memory of Capt. Robert Falcon Scott, Edward Wilson, Henry Bowers, Lawrence Oates and Edgar Evans. South Pole Expedition, 30th March 1912.

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    Default Re: WW2 1943 german k98 mauser byf h 135 waffenamt vet brring back found in a german fox hole in belgium belgium 1944

    I still like it congrats and welcome to the forum.

    Eric

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    Default Re: WW2 1943 german k98 mauser byf h 135 waffenamt vet brring back found in a german fox hole in belgium belgium 1944

    That is a shame. For a second I thought it was one which had been cut in half for disposal.

    A competant craftsman/woodworker could repair it, and make the join almost invisible
    by replacing a half inch or so of the same type of wood, but there will always
    be slight cut lines showng.

    A friend of mine has a WWII Japanese rifle where this also happened,
    but overall it is not as nice as the one above...........!
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    Default Re: WW2 1943 german k98 mauser byf h 135 waffenamt vet brring back found in a german fox hole in belgium belgium 1944

    Its certainly very distinctive and different I quite like it, has quite an obvious story behind it

    Welcome to the forum and thanks for sharing

    Thanks

    Danny

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    Default Re: WW2 1943 german k98 mauser byf h 135 waffenamt vet brring back found in a german fox hole in belgium belgium 1944

    Quote by GasMasksUK View Post
    Its certainly very distinctive and different I quite like it, has quite an obvious story behind it

    Welcome to the forum and thanks for sharing

    Thanks

    Danny
    Thanks Danny, I still cant believe I got an actual vet bring back for a reasonable price with some history with it at that, that duffle cut is obvious proof that it is, I do need a rear sight assembly-front blade and hood-cleaning rod sling and a boyonet to complete it, the sights were swapped for a aftermarket in the 50's i asked him if he had the parts but he said he has looked over the years with no luck but will keep me in mind if he does find them it would be a bonus as those would be numbered too.

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    Default Re: WW2 1943 german k98 mauser byf h 135 waffenamt vet brring back found in a german fox hole in belgium belgium 1944

    I like the history of the duffle cuts myself, and what a great story, nice catch!

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    Question Re: WW2 1943 german k98 mauser byf h 135 waffenamt vet brring back found in a german fox hole in belgium belgium 1944

    This sling was given to me with the mauser I bought can anyone tell me anything about it? all I can see is made in germany I dont think it is a original mauser sling http://warrelics.eu/forum/album.php?...hmentid=212632
    http://warrelics.eu/forum/album.php?...hmentid=212629
    http://warrelics.eu/forum/album.php?...hmentid=212628
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    Default Re: 1943 k98 mauser byf h 135 waffenamt vet bring back found in a german fox hole in belgium 1944

    As you suspected, this is not an original sling.

    Cheers, Ade.

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