Question regarding WW2 assault rifle

Discussion in 'General Military Arms & History Forum' started by TomsMustangGT, May 21, 2009.

  1. TomsMustangGT

    TomsMustangGT New Member

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    Apr 15, 2009
    Soddy Daisy,TN
    When did Germany introduce it, or was it too late in the war for mass dispersal?
     
  2. The Germans introduced the Sturmgewehr 44 (7.92 x 33 Kurz caliber) in the latter part of WWII, Tom. It was based on the previously developed Maschinenpistole MP 43. Hitler initially opposed the development of the rifle, but the military continued development of it secretly. It is considered the precursor to all other assault rifles and heavily influenced the development of the later Russian AK47. Like so many excellent German weapons designs, it was too little, too late. By the time it was introduced, Germany was unable to manufacture it in sufficient quantity for it to make much of a difference.
     

  3. TomsMustangGT

    TomsMustangGT New Member

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    Apr 15, 2009
    Soddy Daisy,TN
    Did any find their way into the hands of collectors?
     
  4. I'm sure there are some, certainly a few in museums. They were never legal here in the US and sold as surplus because of the full automatic capability. Ammo for them would be very difficult to obtain today.
     
  5. TomsMustangGT

    TomsMustangGT New Member

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    Apr 15, 2009
    Soddy Daisy,TN
    Thanks for the info Pistol:D
     
  6. You can buy de-act ones here in the UK.........................:(sad end for a great gun. The last one I saw was about £2000./$3200:eek:
     
  7. TranterUK

    TranterUK Guest

    I have seen them still being used about 30 years ago by some African countries. Soon replaced by AKs.

    And you know Charlie, is it a sad end? The alternative is being turned into scrap, they are obsolete after all. Through de activation they can remain in the hands of collectors who will enjoy and appreciate them for many years.
     
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  8. Yes better than scrap, but would be nice to get my hands on a working one. (The boys in Hereford may have one in their little collection....mmmm:rolleyes:)
     
  9. islenos

    islenos New Member

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  10. Sasha88

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