My Gew is an Obernforf 1915 - SN 8450g. Mostly matching except bolt, rear guard screw, follower, and bolt stop. Bolt matches itself and is 8391i.
Here is the best I can get, I tried to keep them as hi-res as I could.
Yeah the buttplate is missing, and there are a few chips and a crack because of it. But like the guy said in the auction description, how can a gun lose its buttplate, and the screw holes are filled with what I hope is trench dirt. So I think I'm just going to leave it plate-less. other than that its a nice stock though; many imperial stamps and the number matches.Missing the buttplate? Seems so in the auction pics? Quite a good pick up really as even bolt m/m are getting hard to find these days (for most of us!)
Yeah the buttplate is missing, and there are a few chips and a crack because of it. But like the guy said in the auction description, how can a gun lose its buttplate, and the screw holes are filled with what I hope is trench dirt. So I think I'm just going to leave it plate-less. other than that its a nice stock though; many imperial stamps and the number matches.
I don't want to sound naive, but I still think the buttplate was lost prior to the end of the war. The chips themselves are filled with a good deal of mud, and, especially on the upper and lower bottom of the stock, there are black marks that indicate water damage. However, the dark spots do not go very far up on the stock, except underneath, where it reaches to the first proof mark. There, and I just noticed this, is also black on the edge of the butt thats looks like it was caused by being trapped by the buttplate, but there is also a chip that has apparent blackness in it. I cleaned out the lower screw hole and the dirt was very black but came out easily enough. The top hole is almost collapsed though, and I'm not going to try to clear it.The buttplate was likely removed by some well intentioned bubba long ago. To think the holes for the woodscrews are filled with "trench dirt" is a silly presumtion.
To leave off the buttplate - that's like leaving off the handguard.You have already mentioned some of the damage because it is missing - I'd put one on it pronto. The screw holes are very possibly filled with old "mud dobber" wasp nests.
When you find old mud encrusted under a buttplate it is usually only a tiny bit...and usually the butt will be darkended from the water contact. Ever see pics of the soldiers in the great war with the butts of their rifles swimming in mud. Look for SMLE's , gew/kar98a's , lebels etc etc with butts darkened from water immersion ( mud ) and you likely have found a peice that was well used in the trenches.
V. Chr. Schilling
I have a Gew 98 here, mismatched everything, but the barrel, reciever, and rear sight.
All full military, with a unique proof on the LH side of the receiver. I have no idea what it is. I'll get a good pic of it, and post it. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Info as fol:
Simson & Co Suhl, 1916