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Karabiner 98K

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Karabiner 98K Mauser with Gewehr Sprenggranaten (rifle grenade)

Karabiner 98K Mauser, and Seiteengewehr (bayonet)

The standard German Karabiner 98K became the final improved version of the 1898 Mauser.  Adopted in 1935 for the Wehrmacht, nearly 11 million copies were made by the end of the war.  The Mauser 98K is a bolt-operated, magazine fed shoulder weapon.  The internal magazine holds five rounds of 7.92 mm rifle ammunition.  Maximum range is approximately 3000 yards with an effective range of 800 yards.  The weapon weighs approximately 9 lbs. loaded with an overall length of 43.6 inches.

Gewehr 43 (G43) Karabiner 43 (K43)

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Gewehr 43 with ZF-4 scope

The development of a semiautomatic rifle by the Wehrmacht came with the help of the Russian Tokarev gas cylinder system.  The early model (G41) had a cumbersome gas operating system which proved unreliable in the field.  The adoption of the Russian system made the G43 reliable and well balanced.  Finish of the G43 was rough, having only machined areas where necessary.  The rifle was mostly used on the OST Front (Eastern Front) but saw use in the west. The rifle had a detachable magazine holding 10 rounds of 7.92 mm ammunition.  The weapon weighs 9 lbs./9 oz. and is 44 inches in length.

Maschinen Pistole 38/40 (MP38/40)

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Maschinen Pistole 40 (MP40)

This main production machine pistol was developed from the MP38, an earlier model designed for issue to Fallschirmjäger troops and still used throughout the war.  Produced by ERMA (not Schmeisser as commonly believed), the MP40 was constructed with a combination stamped, welded, and formed parts (plastic and metal).   The magazines were ribbed for strength and held 32 rounds of 9mm ammunition.   The weapon is blowback operated and has a cyclic rate of fire of 500 rounds per minute, and a practical rate of 180 rounds per minute.  The weapon weighs 9 lbs. without a magazine and the overall length is 33 1/2 inches.

Maschinen Pistole 43/44 (MP43/44) Sturmgewehr 44 (STG44)

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Sturmgewehr 44 (STG44)

The STG44 was developed from the MP43/44, an earlier model that was constructed of pressed steel, gas operated and was magazine fed with 30 rounds of Kurz Patronen 7.92x33mm ammunition.  For propaganda reasons, it was renamed Sturmgewehr 44(Assault Rifle 44).  The overall length is 37 inches and weighed 11 pounds.  It has a cyclic rate of fire between 500-600 rounds per minute, and a practical rate of 180-200 rounds per minute.

Luger Pistole, Model 1908 (P08)

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Luger P08 and soft shell holster

The 1 lb./14 oz. handgun was first issued in WWI and retained during the Wehrmacht's expansion due to weapons shortages.  The P08 chambered a 9mm round from a detachable 8 round magazine.  The system of operation revolved around a recoil and toggle joint.  Although preferred by officers, the P08 did not prove to be reliable under combat conditions and was replaced by the Walther P38.  The overall length of the barrel is 4 1/2 inches, and weighs 2 pounds.  It's effective combat range is around 32 yards.

Walther Pistole, Model 1938 (P38)

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         Walther P38 with soft and hard shell holster                

In 1938, the Wehrmacht had begun to adopt the P38 as a replacement to the P08.  It weighs 2 lbs./1.5 oz. and has a 8 round detachable magazine.   Double action capability is due to its recoil operating system.  The P38 was well accepted by the Wehrmacht and Waffen-SS due to its ability to operate in all types of adverse conditions.  The P38 chambered a 9mm round.  The overall length of the barrel is 4 3/4 inches.  It's overall effective range was comparable to the P08.

Walther PP/PPK (Polizei Pistole, Polizei Pistole Kriminal)

Walther PPK and soft shell holster

The compact pistol that was used by officers and armored crews was the Walther PP.  It was produced in 7.65mm and 9mm calibers.  It was very compact in size and shape and featured a 3.9 inch barrel and a eight round magazine in the grip.  Its effective combat range was around 32 yards.  Its small size and the ease at which it could be concealed made it also popular with security personnel and police.  The PPK was slightly smaller with an overall barrel length of 3.4 inches, and a magazine capacity of 7 rounds, apart from being slightly smaller, it was very similar to the PP. 

Mauser Pistole, Model C 1896

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1896 Mauser "Broom handle" without stock and holster 

Probably the most unusual of the handguns used by the Waffen-SS during WWII was the Mauser C96, commonly known as the "broom handle" due to the distinctive round, wooden handle.  The magazine was located in front of the trigger guard. It had a 10 round capacity magazine when used as a pistol, and had an optional 20 round magazine when used as a carbine. It was loaded with a stripper clip, the same way as most rifle magazines were loaded.  It was available in 7.65mm and 9mm calibers, and some versions were capable of automatic fire.  The wooden stock doubled as a holster and as a shoulder stock.  With the stock attached, the C96 could achieve a good degree of accuracy in the hands of a marksman.  The overall length with the stock is 25 1/2 inches, and its weight without the stock is 2lbs./8 oz.

Mauserwerke Maschinengewehr Model 1934 (MG34)

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Maschinengewehr Model 34 (MG34)

Designed by Mauser from the Swiss MG30 as the first general purpose machine gun.  It could be carried by one man for general infantry assault roles or mounted on a tripod for long range precision firing, or mounted on a AA mount for anti-aircraft roles.  The 26 lb./11 oz. recoil operated 7.92mm belt-fed machine gun fired 850 rounds per minute.  The close tolerance of parts made the MG34 vulnerable to stoppage under combat conditions.  The overall length is 48 inches.  The weight with bipod is 26 1/2 lbs., and weight with tripod is 42 lbs.  The practical rate of fire as a LMG is 100-200 rounds per minute, and as a HMG 300 rounds per minute.   The effective range as a LMG is 600-800 yards, and as a HMG is 2000-2500 yards.

Maschinengewehr Model 1942 (MG42)

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Maschinengewehr Model 1942 (MG42)

The MG42 was adopted in 1942 by the Wehrmacht and first used in North Africa.  The 25 lb./8 oz. weapon was constructed of steel stampings and featured a quick change barrel system which enabled the operator to install a cool barrel in 5 seconds.  The weapon had a recoil firing mechanism and fired 7.92mm ammunition at a cyclic rate of 1200-1400 rounds per minute.  The overall length is 49 inches, and weighed 23 3/4 lbs.  The practical rate of fire as a LMG is 250 rounds per minute, and as a HMG 500 rounds per minute.  The effective range as a LMG is 600-800 yards and as a HMG is 2000-2500 yards.

Maschinengewehr ZB 26 (Used after the occupation of Czechoslovakia)

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This machinegun was pressed into service following the occupation of Czechoslovakia.  It fired the standard 7.92 mm round.

MORTARS

    50mm (5cm) Mortar (5cm Leichte (Light) Granatenwerfer 36) and 10 round case

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The light grenade launcher was intended to be effective at ranges between those of hand grenades and heavy grenade launchers. This is a muzzle-loaded, trigger fired weapon used solely for high angle fire.  Maximum range 570 yards.

    81mm (8cm) Mortar (8cm Schwere (Medium) Granatenwerfer 34) (Click for detailed pics)

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This is the German equivalent of the U.S. 81mm mortar M-1. Minimum-Maximum range 591-2,625 yards. The launcher fired both smoke and explosive grenades. The launcher consisted of 3 individual parts; barrel with breech piece, base plate and bipod with attachment and slider with spindle screw, which could be assembled to form a complete launcher in under three minutes. After 1943 when the 12cm (120 mm) Schwere (Heavy) mortar was introduced, it took on the new designation of Medium launcher.

ANTITANK WEAPONS

Granatbüchse Modell 39

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A 7.92 mm antitank rifle, modified for launching rifle grenades

 

1    37mm (3.7cm) Antitank Gun PAK 35/36

Formerly the main German antitank gun.  Maximum effective range is up to 400 yards and penetrates around 49mm of armor.  The range at which a moving target may be hit does not exceed 150 yards.

1    50mm (5cm) Antitank Gun Pak 38

Introduced in 1941 to replace the PAK 37.  Maximum effective range is 1000 yards and penetrates around 56mm (2.2 in.) of armor.

Panzerfaust 30 (Recoilless Antitank Grenade Launcher)

Designed to be used against armor at ranges of about 30 yards, at which range a penetration of just over 200 mm is obtained.  Its weight is 11 lbs. and the overall length is 41 inches. 

Panzerfaust 60 (Recoilless Antitank Grenade Launcher)

Similar in appearance to the Panzerfaust 30, it has a redesigned firing mechanism and new sights.  It had the capability of penetrating 200mm  of armor at 60 meters.

Panzerfaust 100 (Recoilless Antitank Grenade Launcher)

Similar in appearance to the Panzerfaust 60, it has a redesigned firing mechanism and new sights.  It had the capability of penetrating 200mm  of armor at 150 meters.

Raketenpanzerbüchse 54  (Rocket Launcher)   Panzerschreck (Tank Terror)

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Panzerschreck rocket launcher and  88 mm projectile               

Similar to the U.S. 2.36 inch rocket launcher.  The rocket is a 88mm (7lb.) projectile.  The overall length of the weapon is 5ft.4 1/2 inches, and weighs 20 1/2 lbs. It could penetrate 15cm of armor at 60 degrees, and had a maximum effective range of 400 meters

Tellermine 43

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This mine consist of a cylindrical, pressed steel body, containing a central detonator pocket which is surrounded by a priming cylinder.  It also had two pull igniter sockets. It could penetrate armor 8-10 cm thick.

Hafthohlladung (H3) 3Kg and (H3.5)3.5Kg magnetic mines

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Haftholladung 3H

Magnetic hollow antitank charge, issued in the Autumn of 42. The mine was placed on the turrets of tanks in close combat. Ignition was performed by pulling the ignitor on top of the mine. It penetrated armor up to 14cm thick, and made a hole 3-5 cm in diameter.  With their explosive charge and shock effects it was deadly.

MISCELLANEOUS WEAPONS

High Explosive Rifle Grenade

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This is a high explosive grenade which may be either fired from the standard rifle discharger cup (Schiessbecher) or thrown as a hand grenade.

Stielhandgranate Model 1939, 1942 HE

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Stielhandgranate 43, HE (High explosive) Stick Grenade

High explosive stick grenade, the grenade consist of a hollow wooden handle and a thin sheet medal head containing the bursting charge.  A double length of cord connects a porcelain bead at the lower end of the handle to a friction igniter and detonator assembly screwed on the head of the grenade.  The surface of the sleeve may be either smooth or divided by serration's to assist fragmentation. Model 43 is similar to the previous model except it has a solid handle, a blue-capped pull igniter, and a greater weight of bursting charge.  Total weight: Model 24: 1.36 lbs. Model 43: 1.6 lbs. Weight of bursting charge:  Model 24: 0.365 lbs.  Model 43: 7 ounces. Fuse delay 4-5 seconds.

Eihandgranate Model 39 HE

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Eihandgranate 39 HE Egg Grenade

This egg shaped grenade is constructed of thin metal with a high explosive bursting charge.  Overall weight is 8 oz. and has a 4 oz. bursting charge. Fuse delay 4-5 seconds.

Nebelhandgranate Model 39

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Nebelhandgranate 39 Smoke Grenade

Splittering

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The serrated style fragmentation sleeve was developed by German Army in 1942.  A serrated cylindrical sleeve is used to convert the M43 and M24 stick grenades from concussion to fragmentation type.  A must have accessory for German stick grenades.

 

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