STG44Sturmgewehr 1944 (German rifle)
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Accessories designed for the StG44 included the "Vampir" infrared night sight, scope sights, cup grenade launchers and the really wild "Vorsatz" 30- and 90-degree, curved barrel extensions with prism sights that permitted the firer to shoot around corners or down from the turret of a tank.
The StG44 was a heavy rifle, weighing in at 10 pounds unloaded and 11 pounds loaded.
Roy Dunlap in his classic book, Ordnance Went Up Front, greatly admires the StG44's advanced design but reports its sheet metal receiver was so thin that if the rifle ever fell over by itself and the receiver was dented, the StG44 could very well be put out of commission.
With that background, the introduction of the StG44 semi-automatic rimfire by German Sport Guns is simply sensational.
Like the whole rimfire tribe, the StG44 had a hearty appetite for some particular .
That rarity led to a semi-auto StG44 being offered in a limited edition a couple of years ago (Kokalis wrote about it in the 9/20/10 issue), and now a .
The GSG StG44 duplicates the original in size and, at 9.
The original StG44 was gas-operated, with a propped breechblock that was lifted out of engagement with its locking shoulder by a cam on the operating rod.
Other than that minor inconvenience, the StG44 ran like a champ, and I would say it's a can't-miss choice for a fun plinker that's a great conversation starter.
I once owned an StG44 that was completely phosphated (the Germans usually referred to zinc phosphating as "bonderizing").
In an attempt to provide the Volkssturm with badly needed firepower, the Gustl-off Werke began development of a semi-auto rifle similar in concept to the StG44 that would be adopted as the Volkssturmgewehr.