Post by desertguns on Feb 14, 2020 19:35:30 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 desertguns on Feb 14, 2020 19:36:41 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.
Post by desertguns on Feb 16, 2020 20:17:28 GMT -7
Shot is for the first time today. Guess what - no way to adjust windage. The rear AND front are adjustable for elevation. Elevation only! This may a good reason to start fitting the real Kar-98 parts to the gun. Not sure if I ordered a rear sight. Or I was thinking about finding a cheap scope to "antique" for a better match. Trigger is great at around 3# on second stage. 7 shots used took it from 2000 psi down to 1300.