Karabiner 98 Kurtz (short) was adopted as the standard service rifle by the German Wehrmacht 21 June 1935. It was the last of a long line of Mausers used by Germany. Though other shoulder fired arms were developed and employed by the German Army, the 98k was the primary issue weapon. Chambered in 7.92X57mm, the rifle is very reliable and accurate with iron sights out to app. 500 meters. 1,000 meter shots are realistic when the rifle is coupled with a telescopic sight.
App. 14,6000 were produced 1935-45. K98's were used in almost every conflict (especially any that involved Soviet intervention as they had millions they had millions of captured rifles at the end of WW2) from the time of the Spanish Civil War (1935) forward. They still appear on battlefields today. After WW2 quite a few made it to the United States as veteran bring-backs. Many more were imported by various arms dealers. I have heard stories about K98's being displayed in barrels and sold in variety and sporting good stores for as little as $15 (with Russian Mosin Nagants, British Enfields, Japanese Arisakas, etd.). Today it is rare to see one for less than $250 and nicer examples of rare models sometimes fetch thousands of bucks. I had a FFL dealer order my first one from TSG in 1994. It was advertised for $69 including free shipping. I paid the dealer $15 for handling it for me. They are great guns and while they are a pleasure to shoot, they were much more fun when 8mm was plentiful and cheap.