G98 VSR: Complete

Complete builds, Custom builds, G98, G98 VSR, Inter-War (1918-1939), Rifles, Weapons, WWI, WWII

After the last build post, the G98 is finished! Time to take a look at those last details.

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The fore-end is pretty much unchanged externally.

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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.

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There is also a faux bolt release, used on the real thing for disassembly.

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The Vizier rear sight.

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Which is capable of full elevation adjustment.

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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.

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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.

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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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G98 VSR: Part 2

Custom builds, G98, G98 VSR, Imperial Era, Inter-War (1918-1939), Rifles, Weapons, WWI

My first major improvement is the back-cap for the bolt. This one is in two parts, to allow friction to be between these two lubricated steel parts rather than on any soft aluminium bits.

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At the front end, I am replacing the biscuit that joined the front and main parts of the stock with a steel tube. Apart form being very strong, this will also allow me to stow a full-length ramrod in the rifle. Although this is far from necessary for use as a G98, I’ll be using this as a musket for American Civil War airsoft until my dedicated musket is finished.

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With enough material removed, I epoxied the steel tube in place.

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In place on the rifle, I leave it overnight to set.

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At the back end of the bolt, I’ve had a 3D printed cap made to replicate the rear of the Mauser bolt. This will go on the K98 builds as well.

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The bayonet is going to be very useful when the rifle is used as a musket, so it’s important to get it right. The grips are 3D printed (dimensions scaled from a photograph) and screwed together. The blade is replaceable and flexible, but not so much as to be floppy.

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When painted up it improves the look, at least from a slight distance. It would be ideal if I could get it to a mirror finish on it to get that threatening flash as it catches the light.

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And that is pretty much that. Just the pictures of the finished item to go!

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G98 VSR: Part 1

G98, G98 VSR, Imperial Era, Inter-War (1918-1939), Rifles, Weapons, WWI

The start point for this project is the G98 Dboys shell ejecting model. A VSR base for this rifle would make it much more practical and skirmish able.

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The first step is expanding the recess for the magazine This necessitated the removal of the front securing lug for the original magwell and trimming down the metal lining of said magwell to fit the new VSR parts. Rather pleasingly the trigger sits quite naturally in the trigger guard with minimal modification.

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The fore-end is unchanged. I’m using the same outer barrel and fittings.

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The bolt handle will be another custom piece.

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The bolt handle will screw in and be thread locked in place. If at a later date I decide to make a bent handle for use as a sniper rifle I can just swap it out.

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The bolt handle part-made. At this point I had to take it off and make some other parts and the lathe broke down, so I’ll have to come back to this later!

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The rear sight for this is 3D printed, the repro I used won’t fit over the larger receiver. Although it looks a little rough here, once painted up it’ll look the part. In the longer term I hope to cast these in aluminium.

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In place on the rifle, it is secured by two screws. The small hole in the middle is for hop adjustment (I fit a TDC hop mod to all VSR builds).

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Viewing down the rifle, that Vizier rear sight give a really distinctive sight picture!

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Next to its nephew, the K98k VSR build in the workshop.

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A bit of epoxy resin to smooth off the rougher surfaces. When sanded down and painted up it’ll really look the part.

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With the lathe FINALLY fixed I could finish off the bolt handle after looking at it half finished for about two months (truly torturous). Now I just need to finish the back cap and the rifle itself is done.

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Then there are a few optional extras which I’ll be fitting before finishing entirely. So far though, I am delighted with how this conversion is going.

 

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Gewehr ’98 Part 4

Custom builds, G98, Imperial Era, Rifles, Weapons, WWI

I used an epoxy putty to fit the buttplate due to the awkward shapes involved.

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I also replaced the bolt handle, which had been secured with a small M3 screw which wasn’t solid enough to endure repeated use. Now it is secured with an 8mm plug and pinned in place. It is now also steel, so it shall wear better and keep its colour.

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I also replaced the front band/bayonet lug with an original, stainless steel one.

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Pretty well finished now! Just got to put the band and top hand guard back together. Completed pictures to follow.

 

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Gewehr ’98: Part 3

Custom builds, G98, Rifles, Weapons, WWI, WWII

As this build seems to be coming to a close, it’s time to get the detailing right. In the fore-stock, there are two springs that keep the bands in position. These are laser cut to rough shape, then I used the grinder to mill in details such as the recesses the bands sit in. On the back of the piece is a smooth recess which combined with the correct tempering allows it to act like a spring.

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The front band viewed from the front. There is, annoyingly, a space between the barrel and the bayonet lug that needs fixing, but I am pleased with the difficult shape of the band itself.

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There are a few bits of etching on this gun, something I haven’t done before. I’m using a dremmel style tool with fine etching bits. To cut accurately I made templates in Qcad and glued them to the material with PVA. (This is a practice piece).

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Once dry, I could get to work removing the black areas.

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Then soak the part in warm water and detergent to remove the template.

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A bit of practice later and the templates are ready to be attached to the rifle itself.

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First pass with the dremmel has give a good outline! Hopefully a second pass will get it a little deeper.

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Not too much more to do now! Looking forward to getting this one finished, it should be a very pretty rifle by the end of it!

Gewehr ’98: Part 2

Custom builds, G98, Rifles, WWI, WWII

The next trick is to attach the lengthened fore-end to the rest of the stock. To do this I inletted both parts down the centre and inserted a ‘biscuit’, a piece of wood that joins the two parts.

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Once the two parts were joined, I removed the top part of the biscuit so that the barrel could fit in the groove originally cut for it.

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In the meantime, I taped up the bolt to protect the working parts from dirt ingress. I could then remove the bolt handle with the angle grinder.
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In order to fit the rear sight, some modifications are needed to the chamber. First, removing the rear sight unit and chamber cover, I then could grind down this screw thread until flat.

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The chamber cover can then be replaced with a piece of steel tube.

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This is the correct diameter for the new Vizier rear sight. This is a reproduction one from the US.

To complete the work, I removed the top slide of the sight. To fit around the chamber I removed the bottom of the mounts. The built-in screw point holds it in position.
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There is a lug at the front of the sight which holds down the hand guard. This had to be modified slightly to fit around the tube being used to hold the rear sight.
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Next I filled in the cutaways for the bolt handle (on the K98k, the bolt handle is bent down so needs a cutaway, this is not needed on the straight-handled G98), the cut-through for the sling will be replaced by a standard sling swivel. When dry these blocks could be worked flat with the rest of the stock. I then lightly scored the surface in line with the grain of the stock so the stain would set more deeply and blend the two different timbers together better.

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Coats 1+2 of the stain, still some variation between the timbers. As I build up layer on layer the differences will become very subtle.

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While all this is drying, I could turn and attach the new bolt handle. The original plan was to use the cut-off bend bolt but this wasn’t going to be long enough to look right so I made a better one out of some brass bar I had to hand.

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The next post should see the stock finished, the bolt handle blacked and everything assembled.

 

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Gewehr ’98: Part 1

Custom builds, G98, Rifles, Weapons, WWI, WWII

Another custom build, another load of laser cuttings! Part of the brief for this build is to replace as many of the pot metal parts with steel as possible, so I have a lot of cosmetic work to do on this.

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First up is the fore-end, incorporating the bayonet lug.

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Bending the fore-end sleeve into place, using a couple of steel tubes and as a wooden die. I then welded the three parts together.

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I could then remove the back of the butt stock where it fills the K98k buttstock.

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And fit the flat steel replacement butt plate.

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I then glued two pieces of straight-grained ash together and planed both to flat.

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I could then shape the bottom edge and run a rounded channel down the top for the barrel to sit in. This part will be the new fore-end, bringing the rifle up to the full length it is supposed to be.

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Inside the action, two buffers will suspend the inner barrel in the outer barrel.

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Next step is to bend the middle band, ends first.

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Then bending the rest of the shape around the woodwork.

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So the next steps are: to attach the bayonet lug, fit the new full-length outer barrel, put a straight handle on the bolt, join the stock and fore-end and fill in the spaces on the stock.

 

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Gewehr ’98: Introduction

Custom builds, G98, History, Rifles, Weapons, WWI

Where to start with the history of the G98… Well it’s a very long story of development and really starts in the 1880s, when the French scared the living heck out of pretty well everyone by introducing the Lebel 1886: the first repeating, smokeless cartridge, ‘small bore’ military issue rifle in the world.

Everyone had to catch up, the British quickly brought in the Lee-Metford, the Swiss Schmidt-Rubins, Mannlichers dominated Eastern Europe and Russia bravely (or foolishly) went their own way with the Mosin-Nagant. Germany however, had Mauser. To cover this topic thoroughly, I refer you to C&Rsenal: an awesome channel for those interested in firearms history. The first two videos are on the 1888 rifles, the third is on the G98 itself:

A quick breakdown though, the G98 served Germany through the Great War and into the interwar period until it was replaced by shorter service rifles such as the K98b and K98k. In WW2 is was apparently brought out from storage for Volksturm use.

So skipping on a bit a client has asked for a shell-ejecting G98 replica! A D-Boys K98k will be the donor gun. Modifications will be made to the stock, all the metal fittings that can be replaced will be replaced with steel and the massive and distinctive Vizier rear sight fitted. The bolt handle will be straight as per the original.

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