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Small Arms of WWI Primer 008: German Karabiner 98 AZ “Mauser” Rifle

Othais and Mae delve into the story of this WWI classic. Complete with history, function, and live fire demonstration.

C&Rsenal presents its WWI Primer series; covering the firearms of this historic conflict one at a time in honor of the centennial anniversary. Join us every other Tuesday!

Karabiner 98 AZ (Kar.98a)
Cartridge: 7.92x57mm
Capacity: 5 rnds
Length: 43.3″
weight: 8 lbs

In this episode Othais and Mae discuss the WWI Mauser action Karabiner 98 AZ, which would later be renamed to Kar.98a. They cover basic history of development, issuance, operation, and include a live fire demonstration of this classic military rifle.

Additional reading:
The German Rifle : A comprehensive history of the standard bolt-action designs, 1871-1945
John Walter

Mauser Bolt Rifles
Ludwig Olson

Rifle & Carbine 98: M98 Firearms of the German Army from 1898 to 1918
by Dieter Storz

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