Picked up a byf 43 K98 today, from a dusty little pawn store an hour South of town.
All matching numbers, all matching bolt, all metal fittings matching - everything except the unnumbered buttplate is the same serial number. Un touched stock, unpeened eagles, and the sling, and sight cover all look original, too.
The rifle had been at the store for years, but that means nothing.
There are no Russian "crossed swords" markings, and there is no import address on the rifle (I know this doesn't mean it is not RC or imported, just not marked.)
However - there is a 8-9 digit electro stenciled number on the barrel and receiver, and also on the woodwork hand-guard. This number does not match the serial number on the rifle.
The rifle is in lock-up for ten days and then I can post pictures.
But the above description covers it pretty concisely.
It was amongst a barrel of sporterized military rifles and was the same price, so I am not concerned about value more about the nature of the electro stencil numbers - I know the G43's and MG42's had electro stenciled numbers on them, pre-capture, I am just not familiar enough with K98's.
Any pre-posted-picture thoughts as to the nature of this one?