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World War II German C.G. Haenel/ PAWS Inc. MP43 Sturmgewehr, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun - Serial no. 7534h, 7.92 x 33mm
Kurz cal., 16 inch round bbl., blue finish, walnut stock. This is a desirable example of a German MP43 Sturmgewehr assault rifle manufactured during World War II. The direct ancestor to H&K’s line of roller locked military rifles and SMGs and the spiritual forefather of an entire class of infantry weapons, the Sturmgewehr (literally “assault rifle” in German) was
the first intermediate caliber selective
fire infantry rifle to hit the field, using
the reduced power 7.92x33mm Kurz round to improve controllability in full automatic without completely sacrificing striking power and range. The resulting weapon could handle a close-up fight better and with a lighter combat load
per round than a full power bolt action rifle, while also being able to reach out across the field better than a pistol caliber submachine gun, making it ideal for urban environments. The design also made
use of machine stamping for as many components as possible, for reduced weight and accelerated production. Blade
front and tangent rear sights, with “MP43” on the left of the receiver, serial number and “44” production date on the left side of the magazine well, “cos” maker’s mark on the underside of the receiver, and “eagle/ WaA444” along with “eagle/37” proofs. PAWS Inc. rework mark on the underside of the receiver (hidden under trigger housing). The individual components bear a mix of Waffenamt proofs. Included with the lot is four “MP44” marked magazines
in total, a reproduction canvas/leather triple magazine pouch, two 7.92x33mm Kurz cartridges, a reproduction manual,
an extra pair of Bakelite grip panels, a few small parts and four extra bolt assemblies. CONDITION: Very fine, retains 98% refinished blue finish with some light handling marks, and the buttstock has some scattered scratches on the sides from light field use. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully transferable Class 3, which is registered with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, (BATFE) that is classified as a “Curios or Relic” as defined in 27 CFR, 478.11. These weapons are still subject to the provisions of 18 U.S.C. Chapter 44 and 27 CFR part 479. Estimate: 25,000 - 37,500

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