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Gewehr 43: Could This Have Changed The War? - Administrative Results

dustoff1996

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Gewehr 43: Could This Have Changed The War?

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German engineering is renowned around the world, and the Gewehr 43 is no exception. Despite its rough exterior it proves to be a aesthetically pleasing and practical weapon. Compared to the Mauser K98k it was produced in just a fraction of the numbers. Which begs the question, if more Gewehr 43's were produced could this have helped to turn the tide of World War 2? The K43 dominates with a 10 round detachable Box magazine, Not a crazy feature but better than the K98. This is often referred to as Hitlers M1 Garand, a interesting and understandable comparison.

 

daltrey99

Senior Member
Cool video!!

Its no secret that I have a great love of these and have built several of them. I always use the best parts available and mate them to work the best. With that said, I think these get a bad rap for strength and durability. They were rushed to get into action. I think if they actually had the time to work out a few bugs, it would have been relied upon as much as the K98. It really needed an adjustable gas system (like the shooter kits we have now), I would have gotten ride of the stamped action cover and had the more stout milled cover. I would have strengthened the front band, and had a more stout safety system. Even with all of these improvements, it would not have changed the war. I would probably have made the bolt carrier a little more robust and not cut it as thin on the top as well.

I also think that a 20 round magazine would have been a good upgrade and I think it was in the works but not refined enough to work yet. I think it was just like people today trying to modify a MG13 magazine to work. There were bugs to work out to get it to function properly. Even with all of its flaws, I still love them and have a great time shooting them.
 

Tiger 2 Tank

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Am I reading that right “ac43”?

No, more K.43’s would not have helped much at all in the war. These rifles were awesome in design, but in reality they were made horribly. Now, more Me 262’s, Stg.44’s and Hitler leaving his generals alone to fight the war correctly……maybe.
 

sethebersm1

Junior Member
Am I reading that right “ac43”?

No, more K.43’s would not have helped much at all in the war. These rifles were awesome in design, but in reality they were made horribly. Now, more Me 262’s, Stg.44’s and Hitler leaving his generals alone to fight the war correctly……maybe.
Yep, AC43 ser. 261
 

Cyrano4747

Well-known member
Am I reading that right “ac43”?

No, more K.43’s would not have helped much at all in the war. These rifles were awesome in design, but in reality they were made horribly. Now, more Me 262’s, Stg.44’s and Hitler leaving his generals alone to fight the war correctly……maybe.

Yeah, you could have given the US Mosins, the Russians SKSs, and the Germans Garands and not changed anything meaningfully. A skirmish or a battle here or there? Sure. Nudged body counts on one side or the other this way and that?
Sure. But not the outcome of the war itself. The war was won and lost on way bigger, more impersonal issues like production capacity and the economies.

To give a few numbers: The Germans produced just shy of 50,000 tanks during the war. The US, alone, made 68,000.

The Germans made 94,000 airplanes during the war, of all types. The US made 295,000.

And those are just American numbers. The English and the Russians were making things too.

Then you get into stuff like oil and gas production, quality steel production, assorted industrial materials like Tungsten that the Germans had trouble sourcing etc.

When you really start looking at the numbers it just gets nuts.

Given my druthers if I was some infantryman in a trench would I rather have a semi-auto? Absolutely.

But from the view of what's going to win the war it didn't matter a damn bit.
 

jack944

Senior Member
That guy's gun handling leaves something to be desired.....He sweeps a lot of bystanders.....
 

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