Rare Rare Rare,
NEVER IMPORTED INTO THE US BEFORE!
Czech made K.98 K last war production with large winter
trigger. These rifles were manufactured on German equipment in
Czechoslovakia, at Brno and the Banská Bystrica plant. The codes are dot 45, swp 45 and
The rifles were made for export to Ethiopia for the emperor
Haile Selassie . The rifles are identical to the German made K.98K but instead
of the NAZI eagle the rifles have the Czech lion stamped on the receiver and
Also the firearms have the “St. George” coin embedded in the
stock as a symbol for Ethiopia. These guns were not known to exist. They are
nowhere found in any literature.
The condition is fair to very good. All rifles feature the
large winter trigger magazine, a laminated stock and the late war stamped
Rifles are complete and functional but expect varying
degrees of bluing wear ( some heavy, some less ) , and stocks with dents,
dings, scratches, dings, gouges, and discoloration from service use, handling
and storage. Further concerning the stocks, most stocks are made of laminated
wood but some may have small cracks and/or in some cases even a little trench
art. We have not found any that are broken or unsafe to use as these have
all been sorted out by the importer. You can expect a good solid shooter.
However, we have done a thorough inspection on these and there are a lot of
exceptions to that rule as many are quite nice so the cosmetic condition is
pretty much all over the place. Overall we would say that these guns average
about 50% of original bluing. These guns have been in Africa for 75 years and
are in 100% original condition. Again these guns were not known to exist and
are extremely rare. We only have a small quantity of these rifles available.
We do offer a hand select in which we will pick the best of
10 from any particular group. Now remember, the more rifles that sell, and the
more hand selects are drawn from the lot, the lower the standard for the hand
select will be even though it will still be the best of 10. As such, the early
bird gets the worm so to speak on the best of the hand selects.
Some stocks may possibly have trench art (field carvings) in
the stocks as represented in one of the images above. We are not disqualifying
these carvings from hand selects as these are prized by some collectors and
many consider this field art extremely desirable. We also do not disqualify a
slight repairable crack in the stock from qualifying as a hand select as the
rifle may be head and shoulders above the others in its group otherwise. This is a
must for every collector.
C&R OR FFL REQUIRED