Realistically he did okay. Mauser prices seem to float around the 200-250 mark. Usually fun to shoot. Just be careful with ammunition. Modern ammunition will work in some of the newer k98s but the bores are different sizes on different models. They likely will still shoot it, but they will kick like a beast from having to squeeze through. And you'd be puttinh unsafe stress on the barrel which could blow up in your face... Literally.Lol, I agree. He picked it and an old mauser (I think) up for $250 for both of them and figured it was worth that gamble.