Mint & still covered in cosmoline!

Offered for sale is one of the more interesting variations of a Nazi manufactured Kar98k.

The Zastava M98/48 (also called Mod.98/48, Model. 98/48, Yugo K98k) was a German built Kar98k which was refurbished by the Yugoslav Partisans at Kragujevac, Serbia which is the current location of Zastava Arms. These retained the original 7.92×57mm Mauser cartridge that was temporary adopted in the years after World War 2 by the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA). These were refurbished Mauser Kar98k rifles that had been left behind by the Germans in 1945 or were captured by Tito’s Partisans during World War 2.

Soon after World War 2 when the newly formed Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was trying to re-arm its military forces they faced a problem whereby the Yugoslav government had a distinct lack of funds. The new post war socialist government agreed to put aside some of the claims against the Germans for damages, instead receiving from the Western Allies captured parts, incomplete rifles, captured rifles & machinery still intact for production of Mauser arms. Aa a temporary solution they increased refurbishment of rifles that were either captured by the Partisans or arrived from Western Europe. The project only took a few years & by 1947 most of the war rifles had been inspected, repaired & turned over to the JNA.  Yugoslavia had been a country that already was a producer of Mauser rifles prior to WW 2 so skilled workers existed already. Yugo Mausers (captured) were noted for their reliability, great accuracy, effective range & would not require a new mass production plant – thanks to the fact that all the components of the rifles were already available. These rifles were never used extensively until they were warehoused in 1948, as the newer totally Yugoslav-made Zastava M48 came into being.

As these rifles are actually Karabiner 98k rifles that were left over by Germany or captured by Marshal Tito’s partisan army, or Liberation Army, the only difference between a Nazi German K98k & a Zastava M98/48 consists of the markings, the front barrel band & most obviously, the front sight. They are virtually identical to each other, since they are still the same rifles at their core.

The original German markings were scrubbed & replaced by the Yugoslav ones, as can be seen on this example. The Nazi Waffenamts can still be seen on this rifle including on the underside of the bolt handle & on the rear sight. Correctly, the original Nazi markings have been removed & replaced with the Yugoslav Crest & the “Preduzece 44” which refers to the site where it was refurbished. “Preduzece 44” stands for “Institute 44”-Kragujevac, Serbia & is present on the receiver’s ring. Another correct marking is the one present on the left side of the receiver, the “Mod. 98/48″. The Mode. 98 is original German & the addition of ”/48″ indicates what this is as this is correct for all the rifles that have been refurbished before 1950.

This would make an excellent addition to your Mauser collection or be the start on one.

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. The rifle itself is in excellent condition & has been stored correctly for who knows how long so anything that looks like something nasty is just cosmoline. Ask for more if desired.

We are offering this rifle as a collectable piece of military history & acknowledge the grievous atrocities committed by the Nazi regime & some of its military, particularly toward the peoples of occupied territory & the Jewish population in Europe. In no way do we condone or glorify the Nazi regime which must be remembered for the vile stain on human history that it was.

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.

We have a pretty unique refund policy on our collectable guns whereby we will refund your money if it is not as described when you receive it. Just let us know before you decide to send it back.

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