The German Model Kar 98k Mauser Carbine is a modified, shortened version of the WWI Gewehr 98 rifle, the Mauser turn-bolt action, developed by Paul Mauser in 1898. The Kar 98k (98k) was adopted for use by the German Wehrmacht in 1935. It was the primary German infantry rifle in WW II, and was noted for its excellent accuracy.
During WWII the 98k was developed in very large quantities in most German occupied countries. After WWII many countries; East Germany, Norway, China, and even Israel issued the rifle to homeland troops. Some rifles were rebarreled to 30.06 and .308 calibers.