I deticate this pic to catfish who helped me figure out how to post pics again.
here is a true k98k. do ya know whats on the barrel in the top rifle. me thinks its a grenade
the Mauser 98K was often use to fire rifle launch grenade. it doesn't look like a suppressor, but suppose that is possible too neh.
i dont think they had rifle suppersors in the 1940's. But the grenade is fired similar to the style the used used in wwII on the M1 garand. I guess the crauts picked up on the idea and formed there own.
Hiram Maxim (born 1853) invented the Maxim Silencer or Suppressor: that attached to the front of the barrel of a pistol and allowed the firearm to be fired without a loud bang. Invented in 1909, the Maxim Suppressor was the first commercially successful silencer.
Don't know of 1st application on a rifle.
On the Control of Silencers in the United States
In 1934 a bill was passed levying a tax of $200 (4 times the price of a Thompson submachine gun at the time.) on future sales of machine guns. Short-barreled rifles and shotguns, cane guns and silencers were also thrown into the bill, almost as an afterthought. The BATF was set up, and one of its functions today is to collect such a tax. So much of the controversy dealing with Title II weapons is not that they are illegal, but that a tax will be levied on their ownership. Owning one which is not properly registered and taxed is a violation of federal tax code (tax evasion) a felony punishable by large fines and up to ten years in prison.
This is the rifle launch grenade from hell! enjoy.