Mauser 98 8mm (5/12)

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The Mauser 98 rifle was the standard issue infantry rifle for the German army in the war, and it was also perhaps the single most influential bolt action design ever devised. The action that the rifle utilizes is incredibly durable as well as smooth to operate, both of which made it a hugely valuable weapon in the trenches.

The design of the Mauser was so excellent that the Springfield M1903 rifle, the service rifle of the American army, practically copied it. Mauser successfully sued Springfield, which meant that the American government had to pay the German government royalties during the war (even though they were on opposing sides).

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