Thursday, October 1, 2009
J. G. Anschutz Deutsches Sportmodell WWII KDF Rifle
This story is about the WW II German training rifle that my grandfather brought back from the war. As far back as I can remember, it sat in storage at my grandparens' home in Ohio. When we'd visit, (if we were lucky) my dad would take it out and let us hold it. The rifle was designed to realistically imitate the feel and function of the standard 98K Mauser. It sure looked the part. I always thought that the 98K was the coolest rifle ever; and for so long it seemed as though this was the closest that I'd ever get to the real deal.
It is a 4MM indoor training rifle. That means that it was designed to be shot indoors! How fun would that be? Well, I never got to find out. This is a “Buscher” model. I have learned that Buscher was a personal friend of Max Anschutz and a renown gun dealer in Germany. This is his "private label" firearm. It was made by Anschutz for him. This particular rifle with the Nazi proof is extremely rare. The top of the receiver ring is marked with a DAF/KDF Kraft Durch Freude (Strength Through Joy)Sunwheel logo and states “Eigentum Des Sportamies”. The top of the rear section of the barrel is marked “Germania Waffenwerk AG Zella- Mehlis. Kal 4MM Lang.”
The rifle is in excellent condition after all those years. The markings/proofs are in fantastic condition and very rare. I couldn't find a whole lot of info on the rifle, even after contact the manufacturer at Anschutz. I've seen other similar rifles, but not with the KDF and nazi markings. Anyway, I ended up selling it not too long ago to a gentleman who will be putting it to good use. He's gonna shoot it! Wow! I'd love to find out how accurate it is. Here are some pics. Enjoy!