posted on Dec, 22 2006 @ 12:36 PM
The Mauser K98k is my absolute favorite. Or the m-48 Yugoslavian(which is not ww2 era, but late 40's and 50's, but is basically the same anyway, and
was used to great extent as late in history as the Bosnia conflict as a sniper weapon). There were some m-48's that have been imported to the U.S. as
surplus rifles with a small painted green fluer-de-lis on the stock from the conflict in Bosnia. If you find one of these GET IT. These were in the
hands of some of the most notorious snipers in that war. And I've heard that the mere sight of one of these rifles with the markings still sends
chills down some people that were there and know about it.
These were sent to the U.S. as surplus rifles, and were not sorted, only boxed up with un-marked ones, so it's luck of the draw, on what is inside
any given shipment. Or was, anyway, as I think the m-48 shipments are drying up now. Occasionally, you'll find one with, of all things, cartoon
stickers on it. Oh well, humour is a good thing to have in times like that, to keep one from going nuts.
But, yes, the 98 Mauser, is my hands down favorite for many reasons.
First-the sights-I love the fine sights-the front blade and fine v-notch on rear. Mainly because I was raised from a young age to draw a "fine"
Second-Although it is 5-round bolt action, it illiminates human instinct to fire before aiming well. Every shot, will be more finely calculated this
If one has a semi, they will usually fire haphazardly in a stressful situation.
This eliminates the urge to just spray, and not aim well-which is key in using a rifle anyway.
Third-it does not require many parts, that can easily break or malfunction with dirt or sand.
Fourth-it feeds from stripper clips of 5-rounds each which works well.
Fifth-Ammo is EXTREMELY cheap to practice with as of now, but I don't know how long the surplus ammo is going to be here, so STOCK UP.
6th-It's lighter, seems to me anyway, than a fully loaded ak-it's not as chunky.
7th-yes, with corrosive ammo-you have to clean when finished shooting, but, don't you do that anyway? Windex is what I use on a patch for this,
followed by a dry patch.
8th-it uses the full-power 8mm cartridge, which is, well, great in all respects. But, not in others, as you can't carry the same amount of ammo as
you can with say, the 5.45x39. But, you'll definately know it's nice when it hits something, anyway.
9th-it's full power doubles well as a hunting gun for deer, hog, etc.-in which you can simply use WOLF-gold hunting loads. Don't use the u.s. brands
as they are lower in power for safety reasons since there are 8mm-jr-bore rifles out there with a smaller bore dia.-the u.s. loads are not much better
10th-remember, its a good full power cartridge, and the Germans did not use it for AA for nothing. Try that with a 7.62x39 and see where you get.
11th-Basically, the Mauser eliminates trouble found in more complicated semi's. The Germans knew this, and it was one of the factors.
12th-The German Imperial ordnance people before WWI had a stipulation for what the 8mm cartridge had to do--and that was to knock a living horse over
at a distance of 1000 meters. It did it. And was passed through.
13th-did I mention cheap ammo?
[edit on 22-12-2006 by KingTiger]