WWII 1944 Gewehr 43 8mm Mauser Semi Auto Rifle C&R

SOLD FOR: $4,275

WOA# WY240215KN008

Make: Walther. In 1944 “ac” was the German wartime code for Walther.

Model: Gewehr 43 (G43). Later designated as the Karabiner 43 (K43).

Serial Number: 4790

Year of Manufacture: 1944

Caliber: 8mm Mauser (7.92x57mm)

Action Type: Semi Auto, Detachable Magazine

Barrel Length: Approximately 21 3/4 Inches

Sights / Optics: The front sight is a tall bladed post set atop a serrated ramped blase and under a removable protective hood. The rear sight is a V notched sliding escalator. The right side of the receiver has integral rail for an optic.

Stock Configuration & Condition: The forearm of the stock has been pieced together. The two piece laminate stock has a pistol grip, metal nose cap with sling bar, hole for the included cleaning rod, through bolt, sling well with pass through and a metal buttplate with hinged door for storage. The buttplate shows painted over pitting. The nose cap is in good condition. The bottom of the butt shows a crack at the buttplate. It does not flex. The handguard is ventilated. The wood shows several scrapes and scratches as well as several small spots of discoloration. The LOP measures 13 1/2 inches from the front of the trigger to the back of the buttplate. The stock rates in about Very Good overall condition as refurbished.

Type of Finish: Blue

Finish Originality: Original

Bore Condition: The bore is dark. The rifling is well defined. There is erosion throughout the bore. In this writer’s opinion, this bore rates 6/10.
Many military and C&R eligible weapons have bores that will show erosion. This is not only due to age but to the fact that corrosive primers were commonly used in ammunition worldwide. For example, the U.S. used corrosive ammunition throughout WWII. The U.S. military did not begin to phase out corrosive-primed ammunition until the 1950s.

Overall Condition: This rifle retains about 99% of its metal finish. The metal shows small scratches, and scrapes. The screw heads show light use. Many of the markings are well defined; a few are faded. Overall, this rifle rates in about Very Good condition.

Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We have not fired this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.

Box, Paperwork & Accessories: The rifle comes with one ten round magazine. It shows minor marks the paint finish. It appears to function correctly.
The rifle has a leather K98 sling attached.

Our Assessment: The Gewehr 43 (G43) was a semi-automatic rifle used by the German Wehrmacht during World War II. It was developed to replace the bolt-action Karabiner 98k, which was the standard infantry rifle at the time.
The G43 was designed by a team led by Mauser engineer Ludwig Vorgrimler, and was based on the earlier Gewehr 41 (G41) rifle. It featured a gas-operated system allowing for semi-automatic fire. The rifle was chambered for the 7.92x57mm Mauser cartridge and had a 10-round detachable box magazine.
The G43 was first introduced in 1943, but production was limited due to the demands of the war and difficulties in manufacturing. Despite this, the G43 saw widespread use in the latter stages of the war, particularly on the Eastern Front. It was prized by German soldiers for its accuracy and reliability, and was also used by some elite units such as the Fallschirmjäger (paratroopers).
Today, the G43 is a sought-after collector’s item.

This German Gewehr 43 (G43) was made by Walther back in 1944. It has seen some use but looks pretty good for a WWII era rifle. It has lots of significant markings on the metal & wood that add to its history. This is a collectible rifle that can put 8mm downrange as fast as you can pull the trigger. The rifle’s designation was later changed to Karabiner 43 (K43). -R.E.

WWII 1944 Gewehr 43 8mm Mauser Semi Auto Rifle C&R
WWII 1944 Gewehr 43 8mm Mauser Semi Auto Rifle C&R