How to Strip a K98

Written by jeremiah blanchard
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The Mauser K98, otherwise known as the Karabiner 98 or K98, was among the last in developments of the Mauser rifle line. The rifle originated in Nazi Germany and was produced from 1935 to 1945. The weapon fires a 7.92mm (close comparison to 8mm) IS bullet. As with all weapons, periodic maintenance is essential to ensure optimal rifle function and performance. Field stripping the K98 for essential maintenance is a critical part of this process.

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Things you need

  • Screwdrivers
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Unload the weapon completely. Visually inspect the weapon to ensure that no live ammunition is present.

  2. 2

    Rotate the cleaning rod counterclockwise until it comes loose. Pull out the cleaning rod.

  3. 3

    Push the bolt handle forward and close it. Rotate the safety to the first (vertical) safe position. The bolt will be completely locked if the safety is positioned to the far right (extreme safe) position.

  4. 4

    Pull the bolt back toward the rear and simultaneously pull back on the bolt stop, located on the left at the receiver's rear. Pull the bolt completely out of the rifle.

  5. 5

    Rotate the bolt lock and push inward. Separate the bolt spring and rod from the bolt housing.

  6. 6

    Push on the bolt-face extractor with the magazine floor plate, then rotate the bolt counterclockwise while depressing the extractor. Push the extractor off of the bolt face.

  7. 7

    Insert the narrow end of the bolt assembly into the stock's centre bolt hole. Push down on the bolt safety to release tension. Rotate the cocking piece 90-degrees. Lift off the cocking piece. Pull off the safety, bolt shroud and firing-pin spring.

  8. 8

    Insert the cleaning rod or a screwdriver into the grooved hole on the magazine floor-plate, located just in front of the trigger-guard. Push down and pull toward the butt-stock. The floor-plate will pop open. Remove the floor-plate.

  9. 9

    Depress the stock sleeve spring and pin with pliers located directly in front of the fore-stock. Slide off the main stock sleeve, remove the spring. Pull off the second stock sleeve. Pull of the top part of the stock.

  10. 10

    Unscrew the front stock/bolt locking screw from the rifle. This is the small screw in front of the large screw on the forward side of the magazine well. Unscrew the stock bolt. Repeat the same process with the rear stock/bolt locking screw, located behind the trigger guard.

  11. 11

    Pull the trigger guard and magazine out, then pull off the main stock. The rifle is now disassembled for maintenance.

Tips and warnings

  • Check the rifle head-space before firing it after disassembly and reassembly, only if you're removing the barrel. If you do not know how to check the head-space, take the rifle to a competent gunsmith for head-space calibration.
  • Never attempt maintenance on a loaded firearm.
  • Never point the Mauser K98 at anything that you do not intend to shoot or kill.

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