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German WWII Ordnance Rifle Codes


World War II military rifles often have markings on the receiver, barrel, rear sight, and / or stock. From this it is possible to gain some information about the history of the particular piece.

The top of the receiver usually has a 2 or 3 letter code with a number below it. Early codes were sometimes numerical or a combination of letters and numbers. The code indicates the manufacturer of the barrel, and the number below the code is the year in which the part was made. Other markings are usually either proof marks, indicating that the barrel was test fired with cartridges loaded with a extra charge of gunpowder than normally used to ensure safety, or Waffenamt (ordnance) markings, indicated by the symbol of an eagle with outstretched wings with the letters WaAxxx below, where xxx is a 2 or 3 digit number indicating which Waffenamt accepted the piece.

The following tables list the ordnance codes found in Mauser Bolt Rifles by L. Olson (third edition, F. Brownell & Son, 1976, 12th printing 1991). They can be used to get some historical information about your particular rifle.

Beware of possible inaccuracies that can occur in any transcription. If you do fine an error let me know.

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