Post by desertbikes on Nov 28, 2019 20:09:51 GMT -7
I'm impressed. It can be shot without the round protruding magazine which ruins the look, IMHO. Got it at Air Gun Depot with BF discount & free shipping. All wood & steel with some decent fps in .22, which is what I ordered. Ordered a surplus leather K98 sling for it too www.airgundepot.com/diana-mauser-k98-pcp-air-rifle.html
Diana Mauser K98 PCP Features
Bolt action Repeater PCP 11mm rail manual safety Wooden stock w/metal buttplate Pellet-firing Shrouded barrel Adjustable, metal rear sight Adjustable Diana Improved Trigger (DIT) Maximum reported velocity: 1050 fps (.177), 950 fps (.22) Maximum reported muzzle energy: 20 fpe (.177), 26 fpe (.22) Maximum fill pressure: 2,900 psi Air cylinder volume: 100cc 2-year limited warranty
Post by desertbikes on Dec 6, 2019 21:58:20 GMT -7
The K98 arrived today and, as with all Diana products lately, it's a mixed bag. Ever since Diana was bought out by Umerex a few years ago, Umerex has lowered the quality level of the Diana name to the point a separate entity was formed to handle the Diana products & parts now made in Chine, To be clear, this is a Chinese gun. I figured that anyway knowing at $300 I wouldn't get a German made K98 style PCP air rifle. That would easily be in the $900-$1300 range, even with the plastic this rifle uses.
Most of the working parts are actual steel & aluminum alloys. So are the rear sight & butt plate, as advertised. The very disappointing plastic bits are the front sight & hood, trigger guard, barrel bands & sling loop, and the barrel cover. It's not a shroud, it's a plastic cover that unscrews in one piece along with the attached front sight assembly - which, btw, renders the front sight useless. The position of the front sight is solely determined by how tight the entire assembly is turned. If it's accidentally turned at all, it will need to be re-sighted at a target. That sucks too much for me & would be a deal breaker were it not for the fact it'll get a scope.
So the good points? It has potential. Good K98 parts aren't plentiful but Yugo M48s still are. My sling is a Yugo era product. It fits the stock well. I have a Swedish M96 which will give me an idea if barrel bands & trigger guard can be adapted for this stock. The round brass armorer's whatchymacallit can be had or easily reproduced & there's already a spot for it on the rear of the stock.
cool, youre going to have some fun with it. i've been away from mausers so long, i don't know what parts are out there but i'll take a look at the usual suspects. numrich and popperts come to mind. i think the round thing is called an armorer's disk. pretty sure it's not called a frisbee.
eta: the brass disk used on british rifles is called the armorer's disk, i'm seeing the steel ones on mausers called the "stamp plate". may just be a matter of who is doing the translation.
Post by desertbikes on Dec 7, 2019 15:59:48 GMT -7
I forgot about Popperts. Most of the C&R suppliers I used to deal with have faded away since I got out of it in 2007. Have been doing home duties today & it rains tomorrow. May not get a chance to try the rifle till Monday. I also see the single shot breech insert is missing. It would have taken more production steps but, had they put that round mag where the breech ring is on the original, it sure would make the top of the gun cosmetically more authentic.
I'll at least air up the tank this evening to make sure it holds air overnight.
Post by desertbikes on Dec 7, 2019 18:58:06 GMT -7
Here's a historical tidbit for you. It was the Gew 98s (full length rifle) that had the armorer's disk, and it depended on the variant. The K98 has the steel disk bolt in the stock, which is not a bolt at all. It's a hollow tube retained by two press fit washers. It's used for one thing only - removing the firing pin from the bolt assembly during field maintenance. Got a floor plate, disk bolt, front & rear barrel bands & stamped trigger guard on order from Lithuania, Russia & the Peoples Republic of California. I have a spare sight hood & cleaning rod I might use.
PERFECTION!? Yeah, afraid in this age of self important affirmation, people want a pat on the back for just doing their job correctly, which seems to be a 50/50 shot with most business transactions.
i had a couple of mausers, but did not know that about the disk.
My K98 was stolen in 2007 with the rest of my collection but I didn't know that at the time either. I see screwed up stocks alone go for $300-$600 now. Wonder what my 1944 Waffen marked 98 would be worth.
lurker: oh, good, i thought i was the only one here, talking to myself.
Aug 6, 2020 8:20:50 GMT -7
desertbikes: No doubt. I'm still in the north country among to pines. Crappy verizon signal but lucky I have anything. My usual spot was taken so while voice & test work OK, data is spotty.
Aug 5, 2020 4:29:47 GMT -7
gonefishin: to hot to type
Aug 4, 2020 19:49:34 GMT -7
lurker: i order something in maybe once a month. heck, it's usually related to firearms and i tell you guys all about it.
Jul 29, 2020 9:18:12 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yup at least 90% of the time. However I get at least 2 or 3 items per week via USPS so I have a higher probability of failures they're responsible for creating. On-Trac is the leader of lost or damaged goods so USPS isn't the worst.
Jul 29, 2020 8:39:58 GMT -7
lurker: it's been my experience that the problem is not the USPS so much as the people outside USPS at the start of the process. regular mail takes a week at most to cross the country, more like 3 or 4 days, but fulfillment and customs can take weeks.
Jul 28, 2020 13:08:09 GMT -7
desertbikes: Yes. I had forgotten about the high tech USPS labs. In March they stated with confidence, after pain staking genetic surface testing that, the mail was "probably okay to handle". The also CDC advised that wearing masks wasn't useful. Yup. High tech.
Jul 28, 2020 4:08:59 GMT -7
lurker: maybe they were testing it for you? mighty considerate, those USPS people.
Jul 27, 2020 6:29:12 GMT -7
lurker: updated in polytech thread. arrival expected tomorrow. i'm so gullible.
Jul 27, 2020 6:26:40 GMT -7
desertbikes: My personal record for longest ship time is 5 months. A PCP air/water filter shipped from Shanghai in Feb. I finally got it last month. It had been in the US since March. USPS had no explanation
Jul 27, 2020 4:39:18 GMT -7
desertbikes: Ta da! With USPS it may still take a tour thu TX & OKC before it gets to you
Jul 26, 2020 7:21:50 GMT -7
lurker: hooray! it exists! it's on its way! it's in ...minnesota? some time next week, i hope.
Jul 25, 2020 4:33:22 GMT -7
desertbikes: If you print postage yourself with a tracking #, it's not scanned at the PO where it's dropped off unless it's 1st class or "overnight". Same if it's a home pickup. 3day flat rate box only gets a origination & destination scan. It's nuts.
Jul 24, 2020 4:59:39 GMT -7
desertbikes: Besides the old trick of printing a shipping label to make it appear a thing has shipped, the USPS may only scan at the destination PO for delivery.
Jul 24, 2020 4:50:59 GMT -7
lurker: ordered a small item on the 13th from colorado for poly, $25. on the 16th they claimed they shipped, but really only assigned tracking #. today 22nd they say it has actually shipped, but tracking doesn't reflect that. not happy with e-commerce.
Jul 22, 2020 14:05:09 GMT -7
lurker: sci-fi, history and anthro are all mind-openers. math? zoom, over my head. maybe see if there's a library in the next town?
Jul 21, 2020 10:41:45 GMT -7
desertbikes: Also a few hundred lbs of process control instrumentation & PLC manuals. Maybe 25 years worth. While the internal instrumentation electronics have changed over time, the theory of operation & system placement have not.
Jul 20, 2020 7:53:05 GMT -7
desertbikes: I'll have to take a look. Most are in boxes that haven't been opened in years. Lots of scifi, some horror, history, anthropology, electronics & math.
Jul 20, 2020 5:06:31 GMT -7