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Friend of mine just bought (what I think) is an unusual 98K. It has two production codes on the receiver ring, bcd/ar with the date 42. We were speculating on possible reasons for this. According to the previous owner it was brought back by his grandfather. With the exception of the bolt and stock it is all matching. Do any of you know what the story is with the twin production codes? Thanks in advance.
 

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Receivers originally made for Gustloff (bcd) production sent to Borsigwalde (ar) for assembly. Several variants, here they are:
 

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In a nutshell, starting in 1941 several manufacturers began collaborating on the production of rifles. Say for example, one manufacturer produced barrels (or some other major component) that was then assembled onto another manufacturers receiver. There may have been others, but the names that come to mind are ERMA (AX), Borsigwalde (AR), and Gustloff (BCD).
 
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