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Karabiner 98k
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A Kar98k

Users

Germany

Entry into Service

1935

Cartridge

7.92x57mm Mauser

Magazine Capacity

5 rounds

Effective Range

500 m

The Karabiner 98k is a bolt action rifle that is chambered for 7.92x57mm Mauser cartridge.

Description

It was adopted as the standard service rifle by the Wehrmacht and it was able to holds five 7.9mm rounds on a stripper clip. The length of the Kar98k is about 111 cm and the weight is about 3.9 kg.[1]The Kar98k is mainly made out of wood, while the barrel and other small components are made out of metal. The iron sights are leaf-type in the back of the Kar98k and open in the front.[2]

The Kar98k is best known for excellent accuracy and being able to fire over 800m and still be effective. This was very difficult to achieve however and it was usually done with telescopic sights. Many different attachments were made for the Kar98k. These included the S-84/98 III bayonet, the Schiessbecher rifle grenade launcher, and the Zf-39, Zf-41, and Zf-42 scopes. There were no variants of the Kar98k besides the first production model and it rivaled most allied rifles like the M1903A4 Springfield.

HistoryBearbeiten

The Kar98k was derived from the original Gewehr 98 and it also had a variant designated the K98. It was finally modified into the Kar98k which was introduced in 1935 by MauserThe Karabiner 98k was used during WWII by German and other Axis soldiers. It has been used in every campaign during WWII that Germans were involved in. Germans soldiers nicknamed it "Kars". By the end of the war over 14 million 98Ks were produced. The Red Army and resistance forces made good use of captured 98K rifles. During the final years of the war the Wehrmacht were leaving the Karabiner 98k for the StG 44. However, StG 44 numbers weren't sufficient so the Karabiner 98k remained the standard rifle.[3]

ReferencesBearbeiten

  1. http://www.militaryfactory.com/smallarms/detail.asp?smallarms_id=49
  2. http://world.guns.ru/rifle/repeating-rifle/de/mauser-9-e.html
  3. http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/smallarms/p/kar98k.htm

Vorlage:German Infantry Weapons

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