A lovely 1909 Mauser G98, captured in 1916 at the Battle of Mametz Wood.
Not just a Rifle, but a piece of History! If this rifle could speak it would be fascinating. The forend has a bullet/shrapnel gouge which can be seen to have carried through to the forward sling swivel. We can only guess whether this led to the demise of the soldier holding it.
The rifle has a wonderful patina. Mismatched bolt, probably following capture, it certainly has the same patina as the rifle.
The butt bears a disc showing 10.R.J.4.232
There is the remains of a plaque fixed to the butt, which reads “Souvenir from Mametz 3rd September 1916”
Mametz Wood was the objective of the 38th (Welsh) Division during the First Battle of the Somme in 1916.
This truly is a lovely piece of history that would sit well in any collection, or be a great shooting classic, with a good bore.
Collection from Hampshire or RFD to RFD for £35.