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M.1898 Gewehr mit Schulterriemen (Rifle with Sling)

The Gewehr 98 is an internal magazine-fed, bolt-action rifle, with a capacity for five rounds of ammunition. The ammunition that the G98 is chambered for is the standard German 7.92 x 57 mm round.

Early war model with marking disk on the buttstock and no finger grooves.

Late-war model with bolt take-down lug in the buttstock and finger grooves in the stock forward of the receiver.

The Gewehr 98 is the service weapon of JR63. We have found no evidence to indicate that during WWI JR63 was ever armed with any weapon other than the standard Gewehr 98. All members are REQUIRED to possess a proper Gew 98. Each rifle will be complete with a sling, parade clip and cleaning rod. The G98 also must have the "Lange" type rear sight.

Close up of the Lange rear sight

Original leather sling with detachable swivel
and parade loop

Original ersatz sling with detachable swivel
and parade loop

While your weapon should be clean, and in reputable condition, the use of collector grade weapons is frowned upon, as WWI reenacting is very hard on the finish of your weapon. There are unit armorers available to help with any problems you may have in making the weapon fire. These armorers can also give instruction in helping the member to refinish his weapon properly, if needed.

Original photo of a Soldat with the
M.1898 Gewehr.

When buying a G98, it is best to buy a real German military GEW98. However, there are options. Germany exported many GEW98s and there were Czech and Turk copies that may be acceptable, but do not assume and be sure to ask. There is literally endless variations of Mauser model 98's and many appear to be close to the GEW98, and one may think it may be easy to make them look correct, but the reality will disappoint you. The only model that we are aware of that can convincingly be converted to the GEW98 is the Czech VZ98/22. Unfortunately, after locating and buying the pieces required to make the conversion, and labor if you cannot perform your own gunsmithing, most will actually spend more than if they just bought a German GEW98 to start with. However, if you do insist on pursuing the conversion, IR63 can provide you with thorough instructions.

If you drop a stripper clip of ammo on the ground, DO NOT LOAD IT, this will most certainly cause a jam for sure! If you have a problem with your Gewehr or don't know what to do, ask your Gruppenführer for help!

"Das Gewehr 98"


  1. Extractor
  2. Extractor Collar
  3. Bolt
  4. Firing Pin
  5. Firing Pin Spring
  6. Safety
  7. Bolt Sleeve
  8. Cocking Piece
  9. Bolt Sleeve Lock
  10. Bolt Sleeve Lock spring
  11. Receiver
  12. Bolt Stop Screw
  13. Bolt Stop
  14. Ejector
  15. Rear Sight, Lange
  16. Front Sight Blade
  17. Front Sight
  18. Sear Spring
  19. Sear
  20. Sear Pin
  21. Trigger Pin
  22. Trigger
  23. Floorplate Catch Pin
  24. Floorplate Catch Spring
  25. Floorplate Catch
  26. Guard Screw, rear
  1. Lock Screw, rear
  2. Guard Screw, front
  3. Lock Screw, front
  4. Follower
  5. Magazine Spring
  6. Floorplate
  7. Trigger Guard
  8. Front Band
  9. Bayonet Stud
  10. Bayonet Stud Pin
  11. Cleaning Rod
  12. Band Springs
  13. Lower Band w/ sling swivel
  14. Handguard
  15. Buttplate
  16. Buttplate Screws
  17. Rear Swivel
  18. Swivel Screws
  19. Stock
  20. Barrel
  21. Recoil Lug Assembly
  22. Marking Disc
  23. Cleaning Rod Nut
  24. Hinged Breech Cover (Optional)
  25. Hinged Muzzle Cover (Optional)

M.1898 Gewehr Cleaning

The question on what to carry during an event to clean the rifle is an often asked one - that doesn't really have one simple answer. In order to help, we have created a page on rifle cleaning — just click on the image at right.

M.1898 Gewehr Breakdown/Assembly

We have toyed with the idea to create a 'how-to' on the breakdown/assembly of the GEW98 if for no other reason as that there isn't one in existence specifically for the GEW98 (that we know of), but to be honest, mechanically the GEW98 and K98 are nearly identical, and there are scores of tutorials online for the K98. Therefore, we reviewed a few of them and we recommend this one from Der Erste Zug:

der Karabiner 98K - a breakdown