Offered for sale is this used example of a rare & hard to find M937-A which was produced by Mauser Oberndorf in 1937 at the request of the Portuguese government, which was on good terms with the Germans.
The original contract was for 100,000 of which the first 50,000 were delivered in 1937/38. These were standard German Kar98k’s & the 2nd delivery, being the M937a had the distinctive wings on the front sight as this does, along with different sling swivels.
Produced for the Portuguese, they were designated as the model M937-A by the Nazis. These are marked with MAUSER-WERKE A.G. OBERNDORF A.N in place of where the usual Mod. 98 would ordinarily be. The quality of these rifles is well known as these were still an export model & so were finished to a higher standard than the K98’s destined for German service. They were also known for the solid walnut stock, even after production had changed to the laminated stock.
The overall design is almost identical to the Kar98k with some small differences & chamber the same 7.92mm ammunition. On the receiver ring is the Portuguese crest & dated stamp along with the year of the contract. This rifle is from the original 1937 contract as identified by the stamp below the Portuguese coat of arms.
Within collector communities, the 1937 contract is considered the most desirable as 1941 contracts are simply more easily found. This is an example of what is often called a 1st Contract Portuguese contract Kar98k rifle. Correctly, there are Nazi firing proofs (the eagle with outstretched wings over the swastika) everywhere including the left side which has clearly visible Nazi firing proofs ahead of the serial number & the right side is marked with three “eagle/63″ proof marks.
Some later Portuguese Kar98’s were withheld by the Germans as their need to rifles increased & some which were retained by the Nazi’s ended up with the Luftwaffe, although there is no evidence this is one of these.
This rifle is in excellent condition as can be seen in the photos & comes complete with the sling & 10” cleaning rod.
1937 Portuguese contract Kar98k’s have always been desirable & highly collectable rifles so this would make an excellent addition to any serious Kar98k collection.
Do your own research & you will know if this is for you. Please view the photos carefully & make your decision based on what you see as they form the main description & override all written information. Ask for more if desired.
We think we have described it accurately & correctly but do not claim to be infallible so if we have got anything wrong, it is unintentional & are happy for feedback from people who know more than we do.
Whilst we check these out for serviceability, the warranty has expired & this is sold on an ‘as is’ basis. As with all used guns, we recommend you have this checked by a suitably qualified person prior to shooting.
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