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I've always had a deep interest in military firearms, especially the German advances in small arms in WWII.

This is an early MP-43 marked Sturmgewehr that belongs to Larry Vickers, the same one that was featured in the Weaponology segment that he did.

















 

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This one belongs to a member of my gun club.









 

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HAHA...that thing is SEXY 8)
 

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Sweet, wish I had one! :? :shock: :? :shock:
 

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To this day, we have still not matched the small arms advancements the Germans did during WWII. I have numerous WWII-era German firearms in the reference collection that I regularly use as basis for product development. The Germans had the production processes down and set the standards for features such as quick-change barrels, sub-machine guns, and interchangeable parts. The similarities between the Sturmgewehr and the SCAR rifles says much about German technology during WWII and no one still has a quick-change barrel as good as the MG-34 or MG42.

There is one MP-43 in the rack below amongst the other MP-44's


 

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:? Awesome collection CriticalDimensions!

Little video....

 

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cool video and all i can say is wow to the pictures that have been posted :?
 

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Echo39 said:
Say whats the difference between the MP-43 and the MP-44?
Largely nomenclature.

The original rifles were MP43's, then they renamed them MP44's, but some were still being stamped MP43.

Then they renamed them StG-44's.

The later StG's usually didn't have a threaded barrel or muzzle nut, but otherwise were the same rifles.
 

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What is it like to find ammo for those guns? Is the ammo still in production anywhere? If I recall it's a 7.92mm round, is it not?
 

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What is it like to find ammo for those guns? Is the ammo still in production anywhere? If I recall it's a 7.92mm round, is it not?

The Serbs are still manufacturing new, non corrosive ammo for it.

Prvi Partisan is available from a number of sources like AIM Surplus and J&C Supply.

Cost wise, it's about like .308 Prvi Partisan.

http://www.aimsurplus.com/acatalog/8mm_Kurz.html



Here are some Yugoslavian paratroopers armed with StG-44's. They were issuing them up into the 70's, and I have a buddy who was a weapons inspector in Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia that said they'd find bunkers with racks of StG-44's (and Thompsons too).



 
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