Need some help on this one please;
a friend of mine (no military collector) came across this rifle, and wishes to sell it. It was found in a house in the North of France, but he has no history to go with it. So as he knows I collect this kind of stuff he came by today to show it to me. It's a very nice Gewehr 98, all matching numbers, not deactivated and not reissued to the Turkish army. Very nice markings, Danzig 1915, but the strange thing is that the barrel seems to be shortend at one point. No clue who did this, or why they did it, but as it is now missing its front sight I don't think its a great help to hit your target.
Anybody have a clue why this could be done? Seen anything like it before? My best geuss is it was damaged at one point, maybe even exploded, or had a bent barrel.
The rest is in very good condition, and with the first patern roller coaster sight.
He's looking for 350 euros for it, that doesn't seem to bad for a rifle is this condition, but I won't buy it, so if there is any interest please let me know.
Sorry about the bad pictures!