The Gewehr 43 ("Rifle 1943") is a semi-automatic produced by Walther Arms during World War 2. The Gewehr 43 was an improvement over the earlier model Gewehr 41, first introduced in the early 40s. The 43 model was more reliable due to improvements on certain parts and was superior to the model Mauser designed in order to replace the G41.
The Gewehr 43 saw action from it's introduction in 1943 until the fall of Germany by 1945.
The Gewehr 43 was a major improvement over the G41 due to the fact that modifications were made on the gas system of the weapon, improving its reliability in combat. Its maximum effective range with iron sights was 500 meters, though an issued telescopic sight increased its effective range to 800 meters. It fired a 7.92mm Mauser from a 10 round box magazine similar to that of the M14 and M1 Carbine.
- Very reliable and less time consuming than a bolt-action rifle as they are semi-automatic.
- Gun isn't manufactured anymore, nor are spare parts readily available on the market. So not only is obtaining one hard, maintaining the gun is also an issue.
- Full caliber cartridge has more recoil than an intermediate cartridge.
- Ammo might become an issue because even though mauser ammo is massed produced all over the world today, it may be hard to find based off your location.
- No bayonet lug