Gewehr 43

The Gewehr 43 or Karabiner 43 (G43, K43, Gew 43, Kar 43) is a 7.92×57mm Mauser caliber semi-automatic rifle developed during World War II. The design was based on that of the earlier G41(W), but incorporating an improved short-stroke piston gas system similar to that of the Soviet Tokarev SVT-40 and it incorporated innovative mass-production techniques.


Service history:

In service: 1943–1945

Production history:

Designer: Walther
Designed: 1943
Produced: 1943–1945
Number built: 402,713


Weight: 4.4 kg (9.7 lbs)
Length: 1130 mm (44.5 in)
Barrel length: 550 mm (21.5 inches)
Cartridge: 7.92×57mm Mauser
Action: Gas-operated short-stroke piston, tilting bolt
Muzzle velocity: 746–776 m/s (2,448–2,546 ft/s)
Effective firing range: 500 m, 800 m with scope
Feed system: 10-round detachable box magazine, stripper clip fed
Sights: Iron sights, Zf42 optical crosshair sight