The Karabiner 1898 Kurz was the last of the long line of Mauser rifles used by the Wehrmacht (Germany Army). The Karabiner 98K finds its roots in the previous Mauser designs, most notably the Gewehr 98 rifle. The Gewehr 98 itself was an improvement from the experience gained from previous Mauser designs, and was the standard German army infantry rifle throughout WWI. During this same time a carbine (the K98) version of the G98 was used. Between both World Wars, this model was altered and improved and became the Karabiner 98 Kurz. “Karabiner 1898 Kurz” translates to; Carbine 1898 Short, highlighting the shortened length of the weapon. This version appeared in 1935 and was manufactured until 1945 in large quantities by Germany as well as numerous countries occupied by Germany. Every soldier who fought for Nazi Germany in World War II trained with this rifle and most, used nothing but the K98 throughout the war’s duration. During the 10 year period that it was produced, a total of 14 million K98s were produced. This weapon has since seen action in numerous conflicts worldwide; including the Korean War, the Six Day War, the Iran–Iraq War and many other conflicts.
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1935 to present