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  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
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: 30,000 - 40,000
LOT 1503
World War II J.P. Sauer & Sohn MP44 Sturmgewehr, Class III/NFA C&R Fully Transferable Machine Gun - Serial no. 5823ae/45, 7.92 x 33mm Kurz cal., 16 1/2 inch round
bbl., blue finish, laminate stock. This
is a desirable example of a German MP44 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.
components as possible, for reduced weight and accelerated production. Blade front and tangent rear sights, with “MP44” on the left of the receiver, serial number and “45” production date on the left side of the magazine well, “cos” and “ce” maker’s marks on the underside of the receiver, and “eagle/ WaA444” along with “eagle/37” proofs. It is complete with one “MP44”
marked magazine.
CONDITION: Very fine, retains 98% arsenal quality refinished blue finish with some light handling marks. The buttstock is also very fine with an applied varnish finish showing
a few areas of light surface crazing, a slight crack on the left, and some light handling marks. Mechanically excellent. NOTE: This weapon is a National Firearms Act (NFA), fully

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