October 30 - November 2, 2018 Firearms, Militaria, & Sporting
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Relatively early manufactured MP43 manufactured by C.G. Haenel in 1943, with eagle over “37” proofs on underside of receiver as well as on left side of barrel. Other proof marks in evidence are “cos” (Merz werk), and “awt” (Wurttemburgische Matallwarefabrik). Bolt was manufactured and supplied by Mauser with factory applied “M” marking and gun serial number. Operating rod also provided by Mauser with eagle over “26” and “ar” proofmark. The bolt is of the early “1st” type without a factory cut-out near the extractor. Visible parts appear all matching SN throughout. One original Nazi marked “MP44” is included as well as an original magazine loading tool and 399 rounds of Privi-Partisan boxer primed ammunition. Also included is an original M42 helmet captured along with the gun along with original provenance substantiating where and when these items were captured. The American Soldier had his picture taken on the battlefield in 1944 posing next to the dispatched German soldier he bagged these items from, and this photo, as well as theater return document, original amnesty registration form and unit history, "Battle of Burp Gun Corner" is included with this lot. Also included is the unit history of the American Veteran. This gun is marked simply “MP43” on left side of receiver. Front sight hood not present. This model was highly effective and the first modern assault rifle produced in significant quantities. It incorporates desirable features such as being select-fire, firing from a closed bolt, taking an intermediate length cartridge (shorter than the standard 8mm) which was less bulky to carry, and yet could range out further and with greater effect than a pistol cartridge. The shorter cartridge allowed for a high 30 round magazine capacity. The German Sturmgewehr in this configuration was pretty much the standard throughout the wars conclusion, even as the model designation was soon changed to MP44, and later STG44. These were rifles which would serve in multiple roles and situations according to need, include having a scope for longer range and low-light conditions, and even with special attachments such as barrel chutes so they could be fired out of vehicle ports at adversaries, and fitted with some of the earliest experimental night vision (Vampire) equipment. A very versatile and effective combat firearm. CONDITION: Overall appearance and finish is very good to fine original finish throughout with scattered light pitting and brown patina, with more brown patina on the gas cylinder tube and buttstock heel and toe metal furnishings. Magazine finish is consistent with the gun. Helmet rates a solid 85% with no decals, with remnants of address lable where Soldier shipped it hm at crown. Address is faded away and undiscernible. Liner is in good condition with no drawstring present. Leather chin strap remnant on left ring. Buttstock wood has numerous dings and bruises but remain solid and serviceable. Rifles bore is extremely fine to near excellent, shiny and bright. Bolt is extremely fine. Mechanics are crisp. This is a select-fire machine gun. It sure is nice to see an untouched battlefield bring-back with impeccable and interesting provenance. THIS IS A NATIONAL FIREARMS ACT ITEM AND REQUIRES BATF APPROVAL PRIOR TO TRANSFER. THIS ITEM IS FULLY TRANSFERABLE ON AN ATF FORM 3 OR 4 AS CURIO & RELIC ELIGIBLE. JWK 18-58
Ammo, helmet, provenance
Barrel Length
16 - 1/2"
7.92×33mm Kurz
FFL Status
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Serial Number
Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $13,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium: $30,750.00
Estimate: $25,000 - $35,000
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Friday, November 2, 2018.
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