In mint crisp nearly new all matching condition, we have a very rare and extremely desirable 1937 production Mauser Standard Modell Service Rifle. This is made even more desirable by the fact that it has the s/42 1937 K98k Ghost markings on the receiver, which indicate that a 98k receiver was scrubbed and used for the production of this rifle. This is a mint crisp all matching rifle that dates from 1937. This is an exceptionally fine example of the commercial grade treatment these military rifles were manufactured with. They are beautifully fit and finished. This rifle is one of the cleanest sharpest Standard Modell rifles that we have come across and it has always been a treasured war trophy. This also comes with a rare original sling.
These rifles were widely issued to Nazi Police, Nazi government agencies and certainly heavily issued to the SS and SA, but this rifle was almost certainly sold to the Nationalist Chinese Army in 1937. The reason for this determination can be made by the fact that it was noted to have been captured in Japan after the war. This information is notated on a tag that hangs on the rifle. Many Captured Mauser Rifles ended up in Naval Stores in Japan. It is known that the Japanese Naval forces at the Battle of Shanghai in 1937 captured many small Arms from the Nationalist Chinese Revolutionary Army. Several crack German Equipped Chinese Divisions fought during this battle for Shanghai so these rifles would have been newly issued and in use at that time.
If you were a Chinese Infantryman at that time you would have considered yourself to be very lucky and well armed if you had a Genuine Mauser Rifle slung on your shoulder as opposed to an inferior Hanyang 88 Rifle. Germany was a major supplier of Arms and Military equipment as well as Army training to the KMT government up until 1938 when they switched sides and allied with the Japanese. This was primarily because Berlin felt that the Japanese were a more credible force to deal with the Communists and they viewed China at the time as a failing state. As it turned out they bet on the wrong horse. This is Certainly a premier grade Mauser with an Asiatic heritage and a must have for the advanced collector!!!