Firearms, Jazz, and Dinosaurs

Imperial German Mauser Model 1898 with 25-round trench magazine and dust cover over the bolt.

To compensate for the failings of the bolt action rifle in the intense trench warfare of the Western Front, the Germans retrofitted their Gewehr 98 rifles with magazines from MG13 machine guns before putting in place the proprietary 25 round magazine we see here. The dust cover protected the bolt from the dirt and damage of the rough and tumble nature of trench combat. The large and clumsy magazine prevented graceful prone fire, but that particular issue never presented itself in the hands of eternally sprinting trench raiders. It is likely that such types of rifles as these were used by German stormtroopers during the Kaiserschlacht alongside the shorter Kar 98a’s. 

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