The Kar 98K (Karabiner) was the standard rifle for the German army during World War II. The rifle design owed it legacy to the original standard-issue bolt-action used in the First World War, the Gewehr 98. The Mauser company produced both the Gewehr 98 and the Kar 98K, therefore making the design very similar. The Kar 98K was shortened to some extent but was still too long to be considered a carbine (though it was). This powerful and amazingly accurate weapon was in service from the beginning of the war until the end, serving the infantry units quite well. The deadliness of this weapon was known and feared by all Allied forces.