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General Mauser Rifle Questions / 1933 K98 DRP Banner
« on: June 16, 2018, 08:06:31 PM »
I was shown a 1933 dated K98 that had a stamping on the left side of the stock for the DRP or Deutsche Reichs Post. This is a 98% piece that seems completely original. It came into a local store this week from a family selling a deceased WW2 vets stuff. The little bit said about these rifles in "Backbone of the Wehrmacht" does not identify production numbers and alludes that these rifles were supplied to the SA and SS along with some number of Reichswehr and later Wehrmacht units.
The current owner wants about $2K for it and because the condition is so original and outstanding I'm tempted to pay it.\
Have any of the forum members more information regarding this variation and if so could you share your knowledge.

Mauser Lugers / Re: 1939 S/42
« on: October 18, 2017, 08:54:25 PM »
A first variation 1937 Mauser Luger is a good example to have and if very clean, with matching numbers (excepting the magazine) it would bring between $1400-$1800. I sold a 3rd variation last year for $1900, but it was exceptional with almost 95% remaining finish.

KAR 98K Rifle / Re: My good looking 1939 code 337 - K98K by "Simson"
« on: October 16, 2017, 05:34:21 PM »
A very nice 98K for sure. It should probably be noted that Simson was a major arms supplier during the Wiemar period and from 1925 until 1933 was the exclusive manufacturer of P-08 pistols for the German Reichswehr. Between 1924 and 1934 Simson supplied 68% of all military orders for firearms including the Dreyse MG 13 machine gun. Unfortunately, shortly after the 1933 rise of the NSDAP, Simson's business came under the microscope of Fritz Sauckel , Governor of Thuringia, after a letter complaining about Simson's monopoly was sent to A. Hitler by Fritz Walther and the "Association of Zella-Mehlis Gun Manufacturers". 
That brought the end in sight and the brothers Simson and some of their employees were arrested for cheating the government. Arthur Simson signed a document admitting guilt under duress and fled the country on April 14, 1935. From that point on, Fritz Sauckel took control of the assets of Simson and renamed the company Berlin-Suhler Waffen und Fahrzeugwerke abbreviated BSW.  Some Germans less loyal to the regime, used these initials to mean "Bis Simsom Weiderkommt", or Until Simson Returns.
At the end of WW2, the Thuringia area fell into the Eastern zone and 4,200 machines from the BSW concern were transported to Russia as part of war repatriations.
Bicycle, motorcycle and stroller production resumed with the remaining equipment under the name of VEB Fahrzeug- und Geratewerk Simson Suhl until 1952. In 1952 under authorization from the family, the name Simson reappeared on motorcycles produced by VEB. Production of firearms transferred to Ernst Thaelmann Werke.
After the reunification in 1989, Dr, Ewald Meyer (successor to Arthur Simson) attempted to come to an agreement with Sturm-Ruger to start up firearms production again in Suhl. However, the manufacturing facilities remaining after the failure of the DDR were insufficient and a business case to resume any kind of firearms production could no be put together.

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