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Karabiner 98 Kurz (1:1)
At last, my LEGO® Karabiner 98k rifle!
About this creation
Having built an M1 Garand for my WWII arms collection, I wanted to construct a worthy counterpart for my German arsenal which would also be a famous rifle and the one commonly issued to infantrymen in its respective military faction. At first, I considered the semiautomatic Gewehr 43 (a.k.a. the Karabiner 43), a close German equivalent to the Garand in terms of operation and performance. While this weapon was self-loading, like the Garand, and had good accuracy, I felt that it wasn’t the right choice, as it was only produced between 1943 and ’45 on a limited basis, and was less reliable than similar rifles of that period. It was then that I settled upon the Mauser Karabiner 98 Kurz, the bolt-action weapon that was the standard service rifle of the Wehrmacht and a better representative for its class. The Karabiner 98k was merely a shortened version of the Gewehr 98 rifle used by Germany during the First World War with a modified bolt handle and changes to the furniture; around 11.5 million 98k’s were produced between 1935 and 1945.

In this model, my focus was on the construction of the Mauser bolt-action system, as this is the heart of the rifle; I wanted the bolt to lock in position when closed, turn to loosen/’unlock,’ and pull back as in a real Mauser without the model falling apart or requiring size changes in the bolt area. I didn’t want to try making the bolt actually chamber or extract anything, as I’m more concerned about the outer appearance of my weapons than their functionality (which would always be less realistic than the real gun’s anyway); I just wanted the bolt to move like the real one. After a little research and examining an actual Mauser-type bolt action hands-on, I came up with the simple system shown in the pictures below; a sliding cylindrical tube-shape that ‘locks’ when its bolt handle is turned down into a specially-made recess in the receiver. I placed a cartridge directly beneath the bolt to simulate the internal, non-removable magazine in the real Karabiner 98k. The replica features a spring-loaded, pull-back trigger assembly, with one of the strongest pulls I have yet inserted into my LEGO® weapons and has a range-adjustable rear sight included on top. I chose to build the post-type version of the front sight, versus the common 'hooded'-type, due to difficulty in replicating the latter option.

[Overall Dimensions: 43.8” long; 2.5” wide; 6.5” high (from top of receiver to bottom of stock). Total Weight: 2.4 lbs. First completed on September 12, 2011; deconstructed on June 16, 2012.]

A video demonstration of the gun's bolt-action mechanism:






















My now completed German WWII Weapons collection.


Thanks for looking; let me know what you think!



Comments

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  February 1, 2014
Jaw beyond dropped....mind exploded this is amazing work!
Cole Edmonson
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Brick Owl
  December 1, 2013
Wow! You captured ALL of the little details. This is sweet to the max and back!
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  November 15, 2013
Thanks!
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  November 14, 2013
Quoting Danny Welch Hi, this is amazing, just like the other WWII weapons you have made. (The Thompson being my favourite) I was wondering where do you get your pieces from?
Thanks for your comment! I try to get the basic bricks (like bulk brown) from the LEGO store and my local resellers when they're available, but Bricklink.com is my main source. ~Cole
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  November 14, 2013
Hi, this is amazing, just like the other WWII weapons you have made. (The Thompson being my favourite) I was wondering where do you get your pieces from?
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  September 19, 2013
Quoting silly productions you were one of my main inspirations to build lego guns. i would be honored if you would give me some feedback! by the way, are you going to build anymore guns?
I'm honored to be an inspiration to you! Actually, two of the four projects I'm working on right now are replica guns (one being from another galaxy...) and I'm hoping to post both of them within the next month, so stay tuned! ~Cole
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  September 18, 2013
you were one of my main inspirations to build lego guns. i would be honored if you would give me some feedback! by the way, are you going to build anymore guns?
Cole Edmonson
Hi-Jak .
  October 8, 2012
Oh,and I've been wondering:What's space in the stock for?
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  June 21, 2012
I love how the different shades of the brown brick make it look as if it has a wood finish. Great creation, I love it!
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  April 2, 2012
Excellent!
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  November 20, 2011
Quoting Guns And Stuff Nice guns...Like the detail...btw,what is the MP40's maker...as in brand?H&K?=)
The original MP-38 and subsequent MP-40 were designed by Heinrich Vollmer (not Hugo Schmeisser as many believe) and manufactured by Erfurter Maschinenfabrik (ERMA) until the end of WWII.
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  November 20, 2011
Nice guns...Like the detail...btw,what is the MP40's maker...as in brand?H&K?=)
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  November 19, 2011
Quoting douglas ireland great moc some thoughts for the future try making a grewer or a bayonet and scope for your m1 grand or kar98
Thanks for your comment! I'm planning to experiment with scopes and bayonets in the future, but I have intentionally chosen to forgo these things thus far for various technical, aesthetic, and preferential reasons; the accessories don't interest me as much as the weapons themselves in most cases.
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  November 19, 2011
great moc some thoughts for the future try making a grewer or a bayonet and scope for your m1 grand or kar98
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  November 3, 2011
You should add a stg-44 to your collection...;)
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  October 14, 2011
im not sure its a lego gun i think you have painted a real one
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  September 24, 2011
Thats really cool my friend is getting a real one
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  September 21, 2011
how did you do the bolt action
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  September 18, 2011
If I say that its epic, IT JUST WONT BE ENOUGH!!!!!
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  September 18, 2011
dose the bullets in the chamber come out? really good model it like the real thing 100/100!!!
Cole Edmonson
Sagar Dighe
  September 17, 2011
I might cry at how good these are. Seeing that beautifully crafted K98k, beside a P38 and my favourite, your MP40, it makes me realize the potential of a brick, and the possibilities, if you put effort into your creation. On behalf of the whole of Mocpages, I commend you on your creativity.
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  September 17, 2011
Quoting Sagar Dighe I might cry at how good these are. Seeing that beautifully crafted K98k, beside a P38 and my favourite, your MP40, it makes me realize the potential of a brick, and the possibilities, if you put effort into your creation. On behalf of the whole of Mocpages, I commend you on your creativity.
Thank you so much for this great compliment you've given me--I'm always glad to show others some of the many things that can be done with LEGO® elements, and it felt really nice to read this comment. ~Cole
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  September 17, 2011
Awesome work cole! I like the 'wood' finish on your guns. Btw could you make another modern assault rifle lik an ACR or F2000? That sure would be cool!
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  September 16, 2011
Great work Cole! Your replicas keep amazing me, especially these 'wooden' ones. Keep up the good work!
Cole Edmonson
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Rtas 'Vadum
  September 14, 2011
Try making a Bren or Type 99 if you do British or Japanese weapons. As for this, this is a beautiful rendition of arguably the best bolt-action rifle ever made. So many small details make this stand out.
Cole Edmonson
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laddi berg
  September 14, 2011
Bolt action rifles My favourites , and this one is simply amazing ... Question have you thought about doing an Soviet collection like the ppsh41 ...mosin nagants ? Amazing done
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  September 14, 2011
Quoting laddi berg Bolt action rifles My favourites , and this one is simply amazing ... Question have you thought about doing an Soviet collection like the ppsh41 ...mosin nagants ? Amazing done
Thanks for the compliment! I have indeed considered building not only a weapons collection representing the USSR but also ones for the United Kingdom and the Empire of Japan. Whether I will be building these weapons collections in the future is uncertain--I may take a break from WWII-era weapons and build a few modern ones I've been contemplating first...
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  September 14, 2011
Yet another AWESOME rifle, Cole! You're a great builder. I love to look at your weapons. Oh, I found it very complicated to build the FAL. I'm thinking about building an AKS-74U (1:1 with working parts). If you know a better weapon, please tell me and send me the correct information about it. I would like to make a small rifle or SMG. Regards, -Jan
Cole Edmonson
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A Dying Breed
  September 13, 2011
Excellent work...a perfect rendition of the famous Kar98k! 5/5!
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  September 13, 2011
This is very cool! I love that bol that looks closed. Ive never seen anything quite like it! Great job!
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  September 13, 2011
that is just amazing, really good work!!! :)
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  September 13, 2011
Yeah... As I expected..! Just brilliant replica of this great rifle! I had a little idea that it would look like this! But yeah... Just awesome... : )
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  September 13, 2011
Very nice.
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  September 13, 2011
this gun is extremly impresive and awsome work. I love the angles and shape great job i dont think anyone could make one as good.
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  September 13, 2011
Excellent sculpting.
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  September 12, 2011
Quoting Victor ruiz yay!my favorite gun!its finally here!does the kariber chamber those lego bullets or is it just for decorations?
Well, as I said in the text above, making my models look like the real guns is much more important to me than trying to fit working functions into them. ~Cole
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  September 12, 2011
:O
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  September 12, 2011
yay!my favorite gun!its finally here!does the kariber chamber those lego bullets or is it just for decorations?
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  September 12, 2011
That is an awesome piece, I own a K98 and it is like the real thing. Maybe you could add one of those special bandoleers (just a thought) Keep up the great work!
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  September 12, 2011
Fabulous work, Cole! My favorite part is the bolt assembly; it's pure genius on your part using a curved Technic piece to make it. Great job overall!
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  September 12, 2011
sweet man.
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  September 12, 2011
Very nice!
 
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