The Kongsberg M59 and was produced by Kongsberg Arms of Norway on the basis of the Mauser 98k but these were not licensed copies of the Mauser. Although they were produced by Kongsberg the rifles were widely referred to as a \"Mauser\" in Norway.At the end of World War II, large numbers of German Mauser 98k were captured by Norwegian forces. Most of the rifles were rebarreled to .30-06, later to 7.62 NATO, and used as normal service rifles, but a number of Mauser 98 actions were used as the basis for building both military and civilian rifles at Kongsberg Small Arms.Kongsberg Small Arms introduced the M59 (also denoted KV59) in 1959, first chambered in .30-06, but shortly afterwards production was changed to accommodate the new 7.62 NATO round, and M59 rifles chambered for the 7.62 NATO were denoted M59F1. The M59F1 served first as a sniper rifle for the regular armed forces. After the NM149 was introduced, the M59F1 served with the Norwegian Home Guard (Heimevernet) until the 1990s. It was also used as a civilian target rifle.