I've been trying to find a decent k98 for a while now just for shooting. Collectibility was secondary to having something that I could take out to the range. And for some reason I'm not really interested in the M48. I've not been too successful so far, mostly because I didn't want to pull the trigger on a $1K-2K purchase. And then for some reason, I started looking into the gewehr 43 rifle. A little research there and I'm looking at anywhere from $3K-6K. But the thought of owning something like that just really appeals to me. It seems worth the price tag. And when you look at it like an investment, it will only grow in value as time goes by. But it is a significant amount of money for me....so that has held me back so far, and the fact that my wife might actually kill me for spending that much on a rifle. But I figured it couldn't hurt to reach out to the community here to get some more thoughts and opinions on the matter.