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German Infantry Weapons: Rifles


Mauser Karbiner Kar.98k

The standard rifle of the German Army was a shortened version of the Gewehr 98 model, itself a reliable, accurate rifle which influenced many pre-war designs. The Kar 98 model simply lightens and shortens the weapon, retaining its reliability and accuracy however. Although superseded by other, more modern designs it was given a new life when large numbers were transferred to the newly raised numerous Volks Grenadier infantry divisions in 1943. The rifleman was issued sixty rounds, two five round clips carried in each of the six pouches on his belt. Grenade launcher as well as scoped attachments became more and more common as the war progressed. Early war snipers and later Volksturm units were also issued with the older Gewehr 98 rifles.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

Kar 98k_ ___ +1______x2______1/2/4/8____0_______AI________1935

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

Kar 98k_ ___ __+1______x31_____67_______-1______ 5 (7.92,box)__3.8

Gewehr 98 Change: BR to 77, Mass to 4.1

 

Gewehr 39/ZH-29 Semi-Automatic Rifle

After the takeover of Czechoslovakia, the German ministry became very interested in the development of more powerful service rifles. As other designs were appearing around the world of semi-automatic rifles (SVT 38, M1 Garand) the army had nothing comparable on the drawing boards. Therefore a Czech prototype was put into mass production as soon as possible, and rushed to the elite units of the armed forces starting in 1939. The rifle had a mediocre performance, but was well liked by the troops due to its rapid firepower. Six clips were carried in the belt with a pouch which held 3 clips for a total of 90 rounds. The weapon was replaced on the production lines by the Ger-41(W) rifle.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

Gew 39__ ___ 0_______x2______1/2/4/8____0(SA)_____AI_______1939

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

Gew 39_ ____ __0_______x31_____ 67_______0______ 10 (7.92,box)__4.5

Gew 29/ZH-29 Jam (R1)

 

7.92 mm Gew 243(f) Rifle

The experimental MAS 40 rifle was produced by Manufacture d'Amres de Saint Etienne. It was meant to be a next generation rifle of the French Army, and proved to be very successful.. in the hands of german troops. Only several thousand were produced to equip the elite mountain and dragoon portes units before the factories gearing up for its production fell into german hands. They in hand began manufacturing this excellent design in the rechambered form as the 7.92 mm Gew 243(f) rifle. The weapon fired from either a 5 round clip compatible with the Berthier M34 and MAS 36 rifles or the 25 round clip of the FM 24/29 LMG. French soldier carried the 25rd box mag in addition to 50 rounds in 10 clips inside of a rifleman's belt for a total of 75. Two pouches, each containing three magazines, with perhaps a further one loaded in the rifle for a total of 175 rounds were carried as standard by the german soldiers.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

Gew 243(f)____ 0_____x2______1/2/4/8____SA(0)___AI________1941

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

Gew 243(f)____ 0_______x31_____ 67_______0______25(7.92,box)__4.5

 

Gewehr 41(Walther) Semi-Automatic Rifles

A rush order for a semi-automatic rifle to increase a firepower starved infantry of the Heer, the G41 was produced in two designs, one by Mauser Gewehr 41 (M) and one by Walther. The Mauser design is very similar, but proved to be a dismal failure in the field, and only the Walther design was continued. It faired somewhat better, but again proved to be prone to failure. Its complicated gas trapping system was too complicated and broke down frequently under the stress and wear of combat. The gun was also too heavy, notably due to the complex and heavy operating machinery located near the front, which pulled the nose down. Overall the weapon was a poor service rifle, not really an improvement over the slower firing but lighter, more reliable and accurate Kar98k. However it was kept in service and used alongside the many captured examples of the SVT series to increase individual squad firepower. Six clips were carried in the belt with a pouch which held 3 clips for a total of 90 rounds of ammunition.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

Gew 41 (w)__ _0___ __x2______1/2/4/8____0(SA)_____AI_______1941

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

Gew 41 (w)__ _0_____ __x31_____ 67_______0______ 10 (7.92,box)__4.8

Gew 41(w) Jam (R2)

Gew 41(m) Change: Mass to 5.1kg, ACC to -1, Jam (R3)

 

Fallschirmjagergewehr 40 Assault Rifle

Produced only for the elite paratroopers of the German Army, the FG 40 intended to be an all purpose weapon to these troops. Firing either single shot from a closed bolt or full automatic from an open bolt, fitted with a scope, bayonet and a tripod it became a highly sought after, all purpose weapon. However its very high production cost kept it a very rare weapon and it only appeared in the hands of Fallschirmjager or Kommando units. Ammunition was carried by means of a bandolier, hung around the neck. It held eight magazines in individual pockets for a total of 180 rounds with a box loaded.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

FG 40______ _0___ __x2______1/2/4/8_____ 1 ______AI_____ _ 1940

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

FG 40______ _ 0_____ __x31_____ 63_____ 1-2(4)____20 (7.92,box)__4.6

 

7.92mm Kurz Maschinenkarabiner 42

Slow firing bolt action rifles were not suited for the quick blitzkrieg warfare style of the German army. Traditionally a rifleman was simply needed to bring ammo and support the squad MG as it decimated the opposition. However the MG was heavy and took time to set up, and in the face of oppositions already set up MG's this tactic suffered very poorly. SMG's were a staple german weapon from the start, but their short effective range limited their effectiveness to urban warfare or close combat only. What was needed was something in between a SMG and a rifle. The MKb42 was the answer. Produced in limited quantities starting 1942 to prove its design it was issued to SS Panzergrenadier units and other elite forces for testing. Firing a lower powered 7.92mm cartridge with a high rate of fire, it was a superb weapon loved by the troops who use them. It proved the design and was put into full scale production as the MP43. Two pouches, each containing three magazines, with perhaps a further one loaded in the rifle for a total of 210 rounds were carried as standard.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

MP 42______ _0___ __x1.5______1/2/4/8____1 ______AI_____ _ 1942

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

MP 42______ _ 0_____ __x21_____ 48_____ 2(6)____30 (7.92k,box)__4.4

MKb42 Jam (R1)

7.92mm Kurz Maschinenpistole 43

When the positive news of the Mkb42 arrived from the eastern front, the weapon was chosen as a replacement to the MP40 SMG. The result was not really a submachine gun, but was named this way in order to satisfy Hitler and other more conservative staff officers. This superb weapon was produced in large numbers seeing service on all fronts being slowly upgraded with many attachments such as bayonets, grenade launchers, scopes and even bent barrels which allow to shoot from around corners. The weapon gave many ideas to weapon designers and later weapons as the M2 carbine, and AK-46 assault rifle copied many features from this excellent weapon. Two pouches, each containing three magazines, with perhaps a further one loaded in the rifle for a total of 210 rounds were carried as standard.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

MP 43______ _0___ __x1.5______1/2/4/8____1 ______AI_____ _ 1943

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

MP 43______ _ 0_____ __x21_____ 52_____ 2(6)____30 (7.92k,box)__4.9

 

Gewehr 43 Semi-Automatic Rifle

Due to the poor performance of the Gewehr 41 rifle, it was redesigned, using the captured examples of the SVT 40 as a template, and became the Gewehr 43 rifle. Accurate, powerful and reliable, it was well liked by the troops and entered service in ever increasing numbers serving alongside the MP-43 as the main rifle of the German army. It was also a well liked snipers weapon. Six clips were carried in the belt with a pouch which held 3 clips for a total of 90 rounds of ammunition as standard.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

Gew 43 ___ _ _0___ _ _x2______1/2/4/8____0(SA)____AI_______1943

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

Gew 43 _____ _0_____ __x31_____ 67_______0______ 10 (7.92,box)__4.4

 

7.92mm Kurz Volksturmgewehr 1-5

The people's rifle was born as a need to produce a ridiculously simple and cheap weapon to arm Volksgrenadier and Volkssturm units to augment their firepower. These were simple and reasonably effective carbines firing the 7.92mm kurz assault cartridge, as the average Volks trooper had poor skill and would be able to effectively use the longer ranged weapons. One pouch, containing three magazines, with perhaps a further one loaded in the rifle for a total of 120 rounds were carried as standard.

GK Stats:

Weapon____ACC____DM ____Range____ROF____Special____Year

VG 15______ _0___ __x1.5_____1/2/4/8____0(SA)____AI_____ _ 1944

GK RPG Stats:

Weapon_____ACC_____DM_____BR_____ROF_____Ammo______Mass

VG 15______ _ 0_____ __x21_____ 50______ 0 ______30 (7.92k,box)__4.0

VG 15 Jam (R1)