In excellent very sharp condition, we have a very attractive Erfurt Arsenal 1918 manufactured Kar 98az Carbine. Of course this is totally matching down to the screws and the bore is mint. The stock is the typical late war beech. Clearly this rifle made it through the war and perhaps two of them relatively intact. The model 98az was the standard carbine in use by the German Army at the time and it was the forerunner of the later 98k. These rifles featured the 98 “small ring action” and many were turned into custom rifles because of the sleek design. Today, finding and original matching rifle is a real score and this mint example would be the pride of any German Mauser collection. These rifles because of there short length stayed in service for much longer than the Gew 98. I recently saw German war footage of the invasion of France and guys in the field artillery were still issued with them as late as 1940 and probably all through the war.