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Weapon Spotlight #1

Posted March 31st, 2016 at 11:10 PM by TotalAaron

The Karabiner 98 kurz


Type: Bolt Action Rifle
Place of Origin: Nazi Germany
Designed: 1935
Manufacturer: Mauser
Produced: 1935-1945
Number Built: 14,600,000
Weight: 3.7-4.1Kg
Length: 1,110 mm (43.70 in)
Barrel Length: 610 mm (24.02 in)
Cartridge: 7.9257mm Mauser
Range: 500-1000m

In February 1934 the Heereswaffenamt (Army Weapons Agency) ordered the adoption of a new military rifle. The Karabiner 98k was derived from earlier rifles, namely the Mauser Standardmodell of 1924 and the Karabiner 98b, which in turn had both been developed from the Gewehr 98. Since the Karabiner 98k rifle was shorter than the earlier Karabiner 98b (the 98b was a carbine in name only, a version of Gewehr 98 long rifle with upgraded sights), it was given the designation Karabiner 98 kurz, meaning "Carbine 98 Short". Just like its predecessor, the rifle was noted for its reliability, great accuracy and an effective range of up to 500 metres (550 yd) with iron sights and 1,000 metres (1,090 yd) with an 8 telescopic sight.

The Mauser Karabiner 98k rifle was widely used by all branches of the armed forces of Germany during World War II. It saw action in every theatre of war involving German forces, including occupied Europe, North Africa, the Soviet Union, Finland, and Norway. Although comparable to the weapons fielded by Germany's enemies at the beginning of the War, its disadvantages in rate of fire became more apparent as American and Soviet armies began to field more semi-automatic weapons among their troops. Still, it continued to be the main infantry rifle of the Wehrmacht until the end of the War. Resistance forces in German-occupied Europe made frequent use of captured German Karabiner 98k rifles. The Soviet Union also made extensive use of captured Karabiner 98k rifles and other German infantry weapons due to the Red Army experiencing a critical shortage of small arms during the early years of World War II. Many German soldiers used the verbal expression "Kars" as the slang name for the rifle
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    Nice and concise. For the record I am mostly a gun normie.

    "Would you like to know more?"
    Posted May 27th, 2018 at 09:22 AM by Lord Oda Nobunaga Lord Oda Nobunaga is offline

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