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Diana Mauser K98 air rifle
Diana has combined their proven underlever design with a Mauser K98 inspired stock for a nostalgic winner! Anyone would be proud to add this replica to their collection!
Based on the famous German bolt-action rifle, the Diana Mauser K98 is a military collector's dream with its handsome, hardwood stock with metal fittings and high quality 2-stage adjustable T06 trigger. The gun features a fixed barrel with the under cocking lever system. This locking system and direct in-rifling pellet seating produces maximum speed.
|Max Velocity||1150 fps|
|Cocking Effort||36 lbs|
|Rear Sight||Adjustable for windage & elevation|
|Suggested for||Small game hunting/target practice|
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Things I liked: I ordered this model as a refurb in .22. Sadly, the rifle arrived damaged in the mail. The rifle was packaged extremely poorly and the rear sight was broken and partially hanging off. Aside from the shipping damage the K98 is a beautiful rifle and I can't wait to get the damaged one exchanged so I can try it out. The rifle is very sturdy,solid and feels well built. It is a bit heavy but it reflects in the quality and you really dont notice the weight when you are holding the rifle (as if to fire) unless you have a short reach then it could be a problem (my 5' tall gf had trouble holding the k98. Even though the rear sight was broken the sight picture is really nice and I could tell from shooting actual firearms this sight is going to be really accurate. I've been waiting like a kid a week before Christmas to get this k98 and start shooting but Ill have to be a bit more patient. I think it will be worth the wait though. Beautiful gun.
Things I would have changed: Not a deal breaker but a boltaction would have been cool. Option for a picatinny rail would be nice considering air rifle scopes are known for walking across dovetail. I like the cap on the buttplate but a strip of thin rubber would have worked well. i know original K98s didnt have them but K98s also dont need to be cocked with an under-lever. A little grip on the plate would allow for more stability when cocking and loading
What others should know: Due to shipping damage haven't been able to shoot it so I haven't found any yet.
Things I liked: Love the look. The stock has a wonderful color. German workmanship is as good as it gets. I got the .22 cal. The rear sight is 1 or 2 clicks from center and dead on at 33 yards. I find it easy to cock. Does not feel overly large in my hands. I chronied the " Crosman Premier HP " at an average of 675 fps. Very pleasant firing with no twang. Fun Fun Fun!!!
Things I would have changed: Nothing. It is perfect.
What others should know: The Williams/Beeman aperture sight does not get low enough for the front sight. Scope or open sights are the options. Open sights for me.
Things I liked: Ich leibe mein gewehr!!! (I love my rifle - for those of you who don't sprechen sie deutsch) WOW!!! This rifle is amazing. Its look is sleek and almost perfect in realism. First shot out of box at 20 yds with .22 cal. JSB domed exacts 15.89gr was a bulls eye. 25 yds, same thing, and all the way to 50yds. The power is exceptional and it hits like a hammer. Cocking effort is smooth and the design makes it feel allot less than it is. I have approx. 700 rounds fired (40-60 degrees) and its performed flawlessly. Only minor sight adjustments required. I will not add a scope, as I prefer to carry the rifle the same way most of the Soldat's did, and frankly, it doesn't need one. The accuracy is amazing. This is German engineering at its best, and Diana has hit this one out of the park on all points. I added the 98K sling and that is all it really needs. The T06 trigger is as smooth as a trigger you will get, and required no adjustments. This may be the best rifle out there today, at any price.
Things I would have changed: This rifle needs a bolt. It is the only missing to make it perfect in every way. Because of the excellent design, instead of a fake bolt you could put a short stroke working bolt on that would operate a dust cover over the action. Yes it would add an extra step for loading, but it adds the realism it deserves, and I would think that for those who buy this rifle, the added realism would be appreciated. It would also aid in keeping dirt, rain, snow or anything else unwanted from contaminating the action. The tool kit comes with a wrench to remove the barrel, but the manual does not address removing the barrel or how to lubricate the main spring - can you oil it from the outside or do you have to remove the stock?? Don't know, it doesn't say. The rest of the manual is good, but fell short on providing this information. Maybe our friends at Air Gun Academy could do one on maintaining the K98 which could address these two issues??? PLEASE???
What others should know: First, PA continues to be the only place I buy air guns. The customer service has been A1 for a long time and continues be, which is hard to find anywhere these days. A review mentioned that the rear sight needs adjusted almost all the way to the right. Even so, it still produces pin point accuracy to where I am shooting 12 gram C02 cartridges at 30 yards, open sights, consistently, sitting on 5gal bucket. But it is probably something Diana should address. Some may find it a little heavy, but if you add the sling and adjust it properly, because its a side mount you can create a 3 point hold using your rest hand, shoulder and your elbow to push out on the sling creating a tight hold that takes the weight off. This rifle is a dream to shoot and hard to put down. It is a great tribute to the Mauser K98k that was the work horse of WWII and one of the finest rifles ever made. It is the Mercedes E class at the C class price. Buy a few thousand pellets from PA, you are going to need them!
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I would like this rifle to have a gas ram. Is there passable to add one to this rifle?
Would this make a good choice for field target matches?
An under lever is what most shooters use for spring piston rifles in FT. This wouldn't be a bad choice, but I would check out the 470th instead. The stock is more ergonomically friendly and it's the same action.
ASG sells, seemingly, the same gun, only with a version that clocks in at 620 fps, a winner for me in Illinois. Am I missing something or is there another version of this gun that PA simply doesn't offer? Thanks in advance...
You can buy any .177 cal in IL, no restrictions on velocity as of 1-2 years ago.
The link you have there produces a 404 error. I have seen some ASG branded K98's but only offered from European vendors. Probably something to do with licensing over there
|Max Velocity||1150 fps|
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