Yes. We have a winner. I have seen people make the statement more than once, that the Portuguese stamped their crest into the left of the butt on these, and that this "fact" would help one know whether the Portuguese Kar.98k they were looking at, had in fact stayed in Germany or gone to Portugal. The Germans stamped the Portuguese crest into the stocks and applied the buttplate cross.that rifles with the Port crest on the stock went to Portugal? that the Port cross popped on the buttplate meant it went to Portugal? Those are the only two I can think of Pisgah, with the first being quite the myth and the second more cerebral.
They were marked exactly the same whether they were delivered to the Portuguese or remained in Germany. Short of legitimate capture papers or signs of later German rework it would be difficult to tell the difference between a rifle that stayed in Germany or went to Portugal. Mint rifles are usually from Portugal. Import-marked rifles are usually from Portugal.Correct me if I am wrong, but the rifles that were actually delivered to Portugal would not have the Eagle/H on the stock?
Which is a function of those rifles being produced later. Mauser Oberndorf did the same thing with their regular production rifles. MO dropped the E/H and stacked inspection markings and went to a single E/WaA135.Some of the mint condition ones that I have seen do not have an eagle H on them, only the 135 proof.
All of the M937 and all of the M937A rifles went to Portugal. If you look over this serial number database you can get an idea of the M941 rifles which were used by Germany. Any RC rifles and any used post war by Norway were used by Germany. I have not seen any, but any with Iraqi, Israeli, or post war East German markings would also have been used by Germany. If there was one with peened markings, I would say it was used by Germany and later used post war by someone who didn't like swastikas.I'm confused about which rifles were used in Germany and which ones went to Portugal. Supposedly all of the M937 rifles went to Portugal but I've heard both sides. Anyone care to enlighten me?