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Just received my Gewehr 88 in the mail from an online auction. It has no markings, mismatched numbers, and is missing a bolt head. Can anyone tell me any info about this? A normal 8x57js round does not chamber in it. Is this one of the civilian over production rifles? What is the possible value, for curiousity more than anything? Also, if anyone knows where to find an extra bolt head and extractor or has one they can part with, message me please! Thank you!

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4thGordons

It does not appear to have been modified for the later S-Patrone spitzer (pointed) bullet (which requires a small notch cut in the receiver to accommodate the fractionally longer bullet. So if it is unmodified it should chamber the M/88 round (with a round nosed bullet).

 

Is it Marked Gew 88 as usual on the side? your pics don't show.

Gew 88s are generally fairly well marked (with inspection stamps etc) -- can't say I have seen an unmarked one before.

It looks like there is a german fraktur stamp on the stock disc shown on your last pic

If you examine the receiver ring closely is it possible it was lightly marked or has been scrubbed quite large numbers were used by Turkey and often refinished most of those I have seen still have markings visible.

 

There were Chinese made versions of G-88 sometimes called "Hanyang Rifles" but those had a different rear sight and stock set up so I don't think it is one of those.

 

Interesting rifle.

Chris

 

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Chris,

Thank you for the response. It is not marked Gew 88 on the side. There are very few markings on this rifle as is. Here are a few extra pictures of the rifle.

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Should be dissasembled and looks for info under wood,as mentioned unreworked Gew88 for 8x57J cartridge,anyway on reciever it looks like removed barell with jacket sometimes.

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OLD ROBIN HOOD

Greetings from a cave on the outskirts of Nottingham.

 

This is just a suggestion as to who may have used this weapon.  I am wondering if I could have been used in South Africa

by Boer forces.  I have seen similar sock decoration on other  weapons used by them.  

                                                     

                                                            Old Robin Hood

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Interesting idea. After days of research, I am still not too certain on the origins of this rifle, and I appreciate all the help so far. If anyone is curious or needs more pictures, I will be glad to take them! Also, if anyone knows of a source for a bolt head and extractor so I can restore a beautiful rifle, I would appreciate that too.

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4thGordons

Have you removed the action from the stock and looked for additional marks as Andybsk suggests?

If you look around the gun sites there was someone manufacturing small runs of Gew 88 bolt heads a couple of years ago - all the standard suppliers seem to be out.

Might be worth searching eBay - complete bolts show up every so often (I just checked there are two complete bolts listed currently with widely varying prices!)

Chris

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