Yesterday we talked about the scoped M1903, so now we’ll say a few words about its German cousin, the scoped Karabiner 98 kurz.
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You may question whether Major Erwin König, Vasily Zaytsev’s nemesis, ever really existed — but one thing is certain: if he did he would have fired a Karabiner 98. This bolt-action rifle was the standard-issue service rifle of the Wehrmacht from 1935 to 1945; more than 14 million were manufactured, and around 100,000 of these were fitted with telescopic sights.
The sniper variant of the Kar 98, just like its US equivalent, has to be loaded one bullet at a time, as opposed to popping in a 5-round stripper clip (which is how the standard, unscoped Kar98 is loaded). This is because the scope is partially obstructing access to the magazine, forcing you to insert bullets sideways. Also, because you can’t shoulder-fire without aiming through the scope, close combat is not the kind of situation where you will want to employ this rifle.
However, if you have access to a fast vehicle, you can scout ahead of your infantry and find a nice vantage point from which to spot advancing enemy troops, and with carefully-aimed 7.92 mm bullets, deny them access to the next capture point. Remember that you can adjust your sights by pressing the space bar while in aim mode, to bring the right distance into focus.
Stay tuned for more!