After the last build post, the G98 is finished! Time to take a look at those last details.
The fore-end is pretty much unchanged externally.
At the back, the new back cap crowns the rear of the bolt. Although entirely decorative, it does make a difference to the look of the thing.
There is also a faux bolt release, used on the real thing for disassembly.
The Vizier rear sight.
Which is capable of full elevation adjustment.
The bayonet will be a useful addition, especially when this is used as a musket for American Civil War airsoft. This is a new design I’ve not tried before and will be trialling it on this and the SMLE.
Making longer bayonets that are stiff enough to look the part and work safely for airsoft is quite tricky: rubber is too floppy, wire stiffening isn’t strong enough and most fibreglass stiffeners are too hard for guaranteed safe use.
I feel this plastic blade has the balance of flexibility and stiffness just right. For this and the SMLE bayonets it’s about right, though for longer bayonets it may need a couple of layers of lamination to hold shape. That said, there are only so many bayonets that are longer than 17″ for the eras I cover!
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