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Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44

Posted: Sun Jun 25, 2017 12:13 am
by Candyman
The Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44, or still further the StG 44, is more commonly associated as being the father of the modern assault rifle design. You could say it was the I Phone of the 40s.
The production process of the weapon relied on speedy stampings, welding and pressing - contrary to the normal turning and machining that was common for the time.
Utilizing the Russian Front as a developmental test bed from July 1943 onwards. As the war progressed, development of the MP43 turned into the MP44 system which eventually gave way to the new designation of Sturmgewehr StG44 - which translated into what we identify today as the assault rifle.
The system offered up a smooth fire action and utilized the 7.92x33mm Kurz round firing from a 30-round magazine.

Country of Origin: Nazi Germany
Manufacturer: C.G. Haenel Waffen- und Fahrradfabrik among others - Germany
Initial Year of Service: 1942

Overall Length: 940 mm (37.01 in)
Barrel Length: 419.00 mm (16.50 in)
Weight (Empty): 10.19 lb (4.62 kg)

Caliber*: 7.92x33mm Kurz
Action: Gas-Operated; Locked-Breech; Tilting Bolt; Select-Fire
Feed: 30-Round Detachable Box Magazine
Muzzle Velocity: 2,250 ft/sec (686 m/sec)
Rate-of-Fire: 500 rounds per minute
Range: 1,970 ft (600 m; 657 yds)
Sights: Rear V-Notch; Hooded Front Post

This one is part of the Louisiana State Police Crime LAB's Weapons Reference Library.

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Re: Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44

Posted: Mon Jun 26, 2017 12:59 pm
by jonnyc
I would say that "the I Phone of the 40s" is a bit generous. More like the Motorola DynaTAC of the 1940s.

Re: Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:47 pm
by Sarge
The MP 43/44/Stg 44 is a nice family of weapons. I have all 3. My shooter is an MP 43 bought from the vet who brought it home, and papered it in the 68 amnesty.
Here is the heard + some parts and accessories. Well I guess not, I don't seem to be able to figure out how to post photos on this??? OK, lets see if I can follow directions? Bingo!
Sarge
MP 43-44.JPG

Re: Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44

Posted: Tue Jun 27, 2017 7:31 pm
by Candyman
Sarge wrote:
Tue Jun 27, 2017 2:47 pm
The MP 43/44/Stg 44 is a nice family of weapons. I have all 3. My shooter is an MP 43 bought from the vet who brought it home, and papered it in the 68 amnesty.
Here is the heard + some parts and accessories. Well I guess not, I don't seem to be able to figure out how to post photos on this???
Sarge
Sarge
You will not be able to post pic when doing a Quick reply. Look at the bottom of the box where you type your text and you will see the button " Full Editor & Preview " next to the submit button. Click on it and below the text box there is an attachment button.

Re: Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44

Posted: Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:58 pm
by 72 usmc
Too fantastic, great pictures of a museum specimen. Thanks

Re: Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:15 am
by M67
Beautiful and advanced weapon. I wish I could find one.

Re: Maschinenpistole 44, or MP44

Posted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:49 am
by Ghoulardi
nice, but way too rich for my bank account. I'm happy just to own a faithful copy of it in .22