NOT COMMON AT ALL
A very odd form/variant of k98? Or at least a sort of K98 looking thing? See the bottom link to a post for the answer to this from ( pzjz.) Could you imagine stumbling onto one of these at a show for $500- that would be a deal of a life time. I am showing this info. because I never seen one and did not know anything about this odd rifle. Such a rifle would be a nice find. It is 8mm. Apparently no K98 parts would fit a G98 40.
I first saw an example here. This is from Fine Old Guns Headquarters
. I have never seen one of these at a gun show. Pictures and the description in quotes are from the source.
Here is a video from Forgotten Weapons
on Hungarian rifles:
Some history and close up photos if you actually ever see one of these rare rifles:
Libertytreecollectors Reference library has a posted example with great detailed photos A MUST SEE LNK:
German Model G98/40 Rifle jvh 1943 REF
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https://www.libertytreecollectors.com/p ... oduct=6389
Calguns Louie's example G98/40 with nice photos here:
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/show ... ?t=1229338
By Badger, See Milsurps Reference Library link to a G98/40 dated 41; it has 74 pictures of a rifles details
link to photos
http://imageevent.com/badgerdog/cgnmils ... /g9840andy
link to library write up. Primary source with very detailed information
https://www.milsurps.com/content.php?r= ... -Serial-1a
source is Fine Old Guns Headquarters
HUNGARIAN MODEL 98/40 RIFLE (CODE JHV MADE IN 1943) CALIBER 8MM MAUSER The Hungarians became a separate nation at the end of World War I with the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire. They adopted a home designed rifle, the Model 35 chambered for the 8 mm rimmed cartridge in 1935. The rifle used a two piece stock. With Nazi Germanys growing power they decided to change the rifle to be compatible with the German 8 mm rimless cartridge. The magazine was made flush with the bottom of the receiver and the bayonet lug modified to accept the German bayonet. German weapons inspectors took over the inspection and marking of the Hungarian rifles. The new rifles were given the code of jhv and the waffenamt (weapons inspector) code 56. These markings appeared on Hungarian rifles. These rifles were given the designation G98/40 and this was stamped on the left side of the receiver.
The Hungarian army participated in the invasion of Russia in the summer of 1941 and in many battles in Russia thereafter, they suffered heavy losses at Stalingrad in November 1942 and made little contribution to German military efforts thereafter.
This rifle was made in Hungarian in 1943 and has the jhv code for Hungarian firearms and standard waffenamts in the metal. The barrel bands and floor plate match, but the bolt does not match the receiver. This is a common problem with the 98/40 rifles. The stock is European hardwood. It has a good sized ding on the left side near the front. There is no pitting, and the bluing would rate about 90%. The bore is some darkening in the grooves, but sharp riflings.
Very few Hungarian G98/40 rifles appear on the U.S. collectors market. We suspect that most were lost in Russia.
Their web page picture:
Not sure how long this link will work but here are some great photos from a SOLD AUCTION at Rock Island (Ya, that hard to find, no wonder I have never seen on at a gun show) Talk about rare and cool!
Here is a screen shot of the Rock Island example if the link goes down. Check out the link for some great photos Of that G98/40
https://www.rockislandauction.com/detai ... tion-rifle
More information and history on these links:
https://forums.gunboards.com/showthread ... -40-Rifles
https://forums.gunboards.com/showthread ... -the-98-40
From the above source as to if it's a form of K98. Quote from above pzjr states:
The 98/40 was the manufactured for the Germans version of the Hungarian 35M Mannlicher rifle. It really has nothing in common with the 98k other than caliber, as it is a Mannlicher rifle, with a split stock...I don't think any of the parts on the 98/40 will even interchange with 98k parts. Interesting and neat rifles, not very common, and not documented much in use via photos...
To old to fight and to old to run, a Jar head will just shoot and be done with you.