In June 1941 Adolf Hitler ordered the invasion of Russia with Operation Barbarossa. Barbarossa was the largest military operation in human history with 3.9million Nazi axis power troops taking part. Ninety five percent of all Nazi casualties took place on the Russian Eastern Front. At some point during the German and Russian fighting on the Eastern Front this rifle was captured by the Russians. The rifle was reworked by the Russians at a later point in time and put into long term arsenal storage. These Russian Capture rifles appeared in post WWII Cold War hot spots around the world as well as the Korean and Vietnam wars. This rifle is a WWII produced code CE43(1943) Nazi K98 Cal. 8m/m.The rifle has all Nazi eagle swastika markings intact as well as all other Nazi markings. No markings are defaced in any manner. Stamped matching serial numbers on receiver and stock. All other serial numbers are etched matching. Metal blue 99%. Bore is in like new condition: bright with sharp lands. Stock is in excellent shape. Has light Nazi proof markings on stock. Rifle is a unaltered Russian Capture. Very light import mark under the barrel. Rifle was purchased in 2006 and immediately stored away by the buyer. Still has the original importers tag attached as well as importers mailing box not shown in photos. Rifle was hand picked for the buyer. Can be purchased on a Curio & Relic ffl. Credit card buyer please e-mail before purchase. Many additional photos on request.