As the Germans did with several of their allies, they provided weapons to Romanian troops fighting in Russia including Mauser Karabiner 98k and (very) limited numbers of semiautomatic Karabiner 43 and selective fire Sturmgewehr
He actually had little or nothing to do with their development because he was working on the rifle that became the MP44 Sturmgewehr
Worth around 5 million, the order encompasses the manufacture and delivery of 1,745 laser light package sets for the Bundeswehrs Special Forces Assault Rifle (Sturmgewehr
Spezialkrfte Bundeswehr, leicht).
For those of you unfamiliar with the Spanish 7.62x51 CETME rifle, it was an evolution of a World War II German design designated Sturmgewehr
45 (M) developed by Mauser's Light Weapons Development Group.
While the 7.92x33mm Kurz Sturmgewehr
had proven highly effective, the German Heereswaffenamt came to desire a design which was simpler and cheaper to mass produce.
Another fine addition for this audience, joining this and others in the 'Weapon' series, is THE FN FAL BATTLE RIFLE (9781780969039, $18.95), which covers the history and development of an assault weapon created in response to the innovative German StG 44 Sturmgewehr
, a compact, lightweight weapon which could fire a cartridge much further than its competitors.
Chivers also makes it clear that the German late war StG-44 Sturmgewehr
assault rifle was the inspiration for the Soviet Army's 1947 competition to design a new automatic rifle for its troops.
Besides the well known 550 series which builds on the proven Swiss Army rifle adopted in 1990 and known as the Sturmgewehr
90, Sig Sauer markets the 516/716 AR rifles respectively in 5.56 x 45 mm and 7.62 x 51 mm calibres.
The GSG (German Sport Guns) .22LR STG-44 imitates the WWII Sturmgewehr
, and features a 17-inch barrel, an overall length of 37 inches and solid wood furniture, with a weight of 9 1/2 lbs.
Many historians consider the German WWII Sturmgewehr
44 (StG 44) as the pioneer of all assault rifles.
Why the WSLs weren't the toast of trench fighters is open to discussion, but by the time the concept of a short and handy (if a bit heavy) semiautomatic carbine with medium range and intermediate power could be realized, the Sturmgewehr
had taken the world by storm.
If military technology, the magnitude of destruction levied, and the hostile body count were the critical factors for victory, then the nation fielding the Me-262 aircraft, the Tiger tank, the Sturmgewehr
44 assault rifle, the Type XXIII U-boat, and the concentration camps' gas chambers should have won World War II hands down.