This is my latest addition to my WW1 collection, a rare DWM 1915 dated Gew 98. This is probably one of the hardest wartime production rifles to get, as DWM ceased production of the rifle in 1909; and did not resume manufacture until 1915. Even then they had production problems - with very few being turned out in 1915, and as a consequence not many have survived.
Although not a matching serial number, it is very interesting for other reasons. The woodwork, magazine housing, and bolt are from one rifle, and the barrel and receiver are DWM. The serial number on the bolt has been struck through with a bar, and the barrel/receiver number has been applied. The same has been done to the butt plate too. Just near the tip of the butt plate is a field depot repair number, so it is highly likely that this has been rebuilt in the field. The sling is also period-issue.
The rifle was deactivated in December 2015 after the bore became too worn for use. Click on pictures for larger view.