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Matching 1935 Mauser Standard Modell K98

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Currently awaiting import from Germany in our next consignment & due to arrive in Australia before Christmas is this rare & hard to find pre-WW2 Mauser Standard Modell in original mint condition. These rifles rarely come onto the Australian collector market, let alone in this condition!

The ‘Standard Modell’ was Mausers’ interwar attempt to remain commercially viable & compete with their version of the ‘Model 1924’ being offered by Czech & Belgian manufacturers selling to China & South America & was the acknowledged forerunner to the famed Kar98k. In 1935, the Standard Modell had further improvements which made it identical to the K98k including the turndown bolt handle, which was the idea with the re-armament intentions of Nazi Germany commencing. As part of Hitler’s rearmament program which started around this time, the Standard Modell was also ordered for official issue to the German Postal Service to ‘guard postal offices & rail cars during riots’.  The arming of the postal service was an official government Act, effectively arming them with the exact same rifles intended for the Wehrmacht. This was no coincidence & definitely the government preparing the German arms industry for mass production of the K98 with the added benefit of getting these rifles into the hands of the Nazi Party.

Mauser were making Standard Modell rifles for export to China & South America plus secretly, the various regional High Commands of the SA.  The SA was the Nazi Party’s original paramilitary wing whose methods of violent intimidation played a key role in Adolf Hitler’s rise to power & who after the ‘Night of the long knives’ were replaced by the SS. As they were not able to source firearms through official procurement channels, SA district commanders purchased direct from Mauser Oberndorf to equip their members but often with some difficulty. Apparently, both the SA & SS were placing orders which angered the Army Ordnance Directorate no end as the official military was in demand of new rifles & expected to be the sole recipient in the build up of German forces under Hitler & the Nazi Party. The SA at that time outnumbered the official armed forces allowed by several million, but had no direct access through official channels so often acquired these rifles from the organisations who originally acquired them from Mauser.

It must also be remembered that even though they were legitimately ordered by ‘the government’, the government was the NSDAP (Nazi Party) who wanted their paramilitary organizations armed. In ‘Backbone of the Wehrmacht’ it is formally acknowledged after the war by former Mauser senior management that large numbers of the Standard Modell made their way directly to the SA & SS. Of course we cannot know if this was one but it may well be.

The Standard Modell was produced for only a limited time before Hitler gave the world a surly display of two fingers, rejected the Treaty of Versailles altogether, geared up the war machine & gave up any effort at stealth. As on 21 June 1935, the Karabiner 98k was officially adopted to replace the Rifle 98 & Carbine 98b in the German Wehrmacht. It is known that many Standard Modell's ended up with the military, mainly Waffen SS as the SS continued to have conflict with the traditional military with regard to weapons acquisition.

This particular rifle bears all of the correct commercial proof marks including the Crown over the U & the Crown on N, indicating it is Nitro proofed plus the post 1934 ‘diamond’ mark. On the receiver ring is the classic commercial Mauser banner, leading to these also commonly being call the ‘Banner Mauser’. Below the Mauser banner is clearly marked 1935.

Clearly this rifle has been looked after over the decades & has all of the hallmarks of Fritz, Hans or Adolph greasing it up before hiding it away after the war before coming onto the collector market in 2020 Munich.

It is known that many Standard Modells were used by the Waffen SS because even in wartime, they often had a very difficult time acquiring Kar98k’s through the official procurement channels, as the OKW (Wehrmacht High Command) just didn’t like the SS & just refused to share, right up to the end of the war.

If you are a collector who wants one of the commercial bannered Mauser rifles known to have been acquired by the Sturmabteilung (SA) in the early 1930’s to arm the SA, also known as the Brownshirts, this could be your chance.

These are the only photos available at this time so please make your decision based on what you see as they form the main description & override all written information.

Do your own research & take this opportunity to own a rare, interesting & highly collectable rifle.

Whilst we check these out for serviceability, the warranty has expired & these are 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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