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Identification of Military Rifles
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Gil Martin
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:03 am    Post subject: Identification of Military Rifles Reply with quote

In the latest issue of Shooting Times magazine there is an article about the guns of D-Day and the German Kar98k Mauser was mislabeled. I know I should have ignored it, but it bothered me. I wrote to the editor and got the following reply. I will stop writing to the magazine before they consider me a pen pal. All the best...

"From: Hutchcroft, Joel []
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 4:00 AM
To: Gilmartin_18078 @
Subject: Re: Kar98k versus Model 48

Thank you, Mr. Martin. I appreciate you taking the time to point out the error. And thanks for the photos.

Have a great week.

Joel J. Hutchcroft
Editor in Chief, Shooting Times!/ShootingTimesUS

From: Gilmartin_18078 @
Date: Monday, April 21, 2014 7:17 PM
To: Joel Hutchcroft <>
Subject: Kar98k versus Model 48

In your latest issue the article on guns of D-Day misidentified the German rifle shown as a Kar98. In fact, the rifle that was depicted appears to be a Yugoslav Model 48. I have attached pictures to provide some clarity. I pointed this out to you good folks previously when someone on your staff was unfamiliar with German rifles of WWII and made the same mistake. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Gil Martin
Schnecksville, PA

Kar98k versus Model 48
If the rifle under discussion has a short upper handguard it is probably a reworked Kar98k. The Model 48 has a longer upper handguard as denoted in the pictures below. A few minutes scanning with "Small Arms of the World" by Joseph Smith might provide some clarity. All the best...

Kar98k with short handguard


Model 48 above with long handguard"

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:03 am    Post subject: Re: Identification of Military Rifles Reply with quote

Yeah, Gil! They do their best but often come up short. It is good to keep them on their toes.

"To anger a conservative, lie to him. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth." - Theodore Roosevelt

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