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I have an all-matching byf 42 K98 mauser but the stock is incorrect (it's a Kriegsmodell, late war type). Please email me if you have a K98 stock for sale that would be more appropriate for a 1942 model (i.e. H-type front/upper band, cupped buttplate, WaA655 marked stock and 135 marked metal parts, any s/n). Email is [email protected]
 

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I have an all-matching byf 42 K98 mauser but the stock is incorrect (it's a Kriegsmodell, late war type). Please email me if you have a K98 stock for sale that would be more appropriate for a 1942 model (i.e. H-type front/upper band, cupped buttplate, WaA655 marked stock and 135 marked metal parts, any s/n). Email is [email protected]
The stock on my byf 42 is waA 135, I think the waA 655 was used around 1940 -41.
 

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while the triggerguard and floorplate have WaA 655 waffenampts and the balance of the rifle has E/63 proof marks. (01/18/2004)​
The waffenamts on the code “42” rifle changed in 1940 from Waffenamt “63” to Waffenamt “655”.
Some “no” letter range rifles can be found with the “63” proofs. A Mixture of “63” and “655” proofs can be
found on the same rifle in the”a” range but as soon as the “63” proofed parts were used only the “655”
proofed rifles appear. Flat buttplates were discontinued late in 1940 and cupped buttplates were used to
prevent the separation of the Butt stock. The known serial number for the code “42” 1940 rifle is from 1660
to 5499gg with an estimated production run of 340,000 rifles. Subcontracted parts, such as the buttplates coded” bpr” and “brg”
appear. Kriegsmarine, and Luftwaffe rifles are known to have been produced in 1940 but no examples have yet been reported.
In 1941 the Mauser Oberndorf manufacturing code was changed from “42” to “byf” and the
receiver date was changed from a four-digit to a two-digit date. Army and Luftwaffe rifles were produced
in 1941. The front sight hood was introduced. Small parts (bolt parts, floorplates, followers, and front
sight bases) with Waffenamt “WaA103” and “WaA140” proofs were used (made by F.N. in occupied
Belgium). The known serial number range for the 1941 “byf” K98k is from 4514 to 6474hh with an
estimated production run of 350,000 rifles. Luftwaffe issued s/n 1059I has the luft acceptance proof
stamped on the right side of the butt stock.
Lt. Col. Robert D Whittington III in his book
GERMAN PISTOLS AND HOLSTERS 1934 /
1945, reports that five component parts were made
for the K98k by F.N. They included barrels, bolts,
floorplates, followers, sight bases, and grenade
launchers. He further cites production figures as
follows:
In 1942 the waffenamt “135” proof appears on the “byf”
98k rifles. Mauser Oberndorf would use this waffenamt until
production ceased in 1945. It appears on the receiver ring for the
first time as a final assembly proof over the manufacturer’s code.
A solid “speed milled” front band (without the “H” style cutouts)
appears creating the variation known as the intermediate or mid-war style. All small parts
were still numbered. The known serial number range is from 209 to 459nn with an estimated
production run of 410,000 rifles. A waffenamt over “WaA135” was substituted for the
branch of service stamp on the Butt stock. Beginning within the “aa” block serial number
range the underside of the rear sight leaf was left without range marks in an attempt to speed
up and simplify production.
year Bolts Barrels
1940 1,000 1,000
1941 170,000 53,000
1942 548,000 55,000
1943 565,000 10,000
1944 630,000 140,000​
 
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