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Old 01-20-2013, 05:31 PM   #1
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My latest Walther (K43)

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Well, we don't see these posted around here very often, so I decided to post my latest Walther. Anyone who knows me, knows of my affinity for older Walthers, especially wartime Walthers. This one fits the bill completely. I have wanted a nice one for years and finally found one. Regardless, I present to you my "new", all matching Walther ac45 K43, a-block. For those of you who do not know, this semi-automatic, magazine fed carbine was used by the Germans from late 1943 until the end of the war. Caliber 7.92x57 (8mm Mauser).













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Old 01-20-2013, 05:42 PM   #2
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Very Nice!!
Love the way Walther designed the sling through the stock.
thanks for the pics
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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That's an impressive piece, Loren. Congrats. Of course, it's no P5 ... but it is very nice. Just curious: Did you snare it locally or go online to get it? Well done, in any event.
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Old 01-20-2013, 06:29 PM   #4
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That's an impressive piece, Loren. Congrats. Of course, it's no P5 ... but it is very nice. Just curious: Did you snare it locally or go online to get it? Well done, in any event.
I got it from a collector friend who lives about two miles away. Serendipity, you know?

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:36 PM   #6
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Loren,
Nice addition. Saw one in a shop once, no interest, but each time I stopped by it went up a couple hundred. They look well made and effective. Thank you for sharing and the pics; art.
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G43s are surprisingly pleasant shooters, but they need to be treated sensibly and with some caution and moderation to avoid damage. By the time they reached full production, Germany was already strapped by wartime shortages, and the quality of materials and workmanship of German small arms had markedly deteriorated. This is evident across the board --not just in G43s-- but in Walther PPs and P38s as well. They are serviceable, within limits, but their durability should not be taken for granted.

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G43s are surprisingly pleasant shooters, but they need to be treated sensibly and with some caution and moderation to avoid damage. By the time they reached full production, Germany was already strapped by wartime shortages, and the quality of materials and workmanship of German small arms had markedly deteriorated. This is evident across the board --not just in G43s-- but in Walther PPs and P38s as well. They are serviceable, within limits, but their durability should not be taken for granted.

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Agreed, that is why I plan on installing Rob Applegates "shooters kit" for the G/K43.

Apfeltor Waffenfabrik - G43 Restoration Services and Shooters Kits G43 K43 G41

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Agreed, that is why I plan on installing Rob Applegates "shooters kit" for the G/K43.

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That's a fundamentally good idea, as the G43 has no original provision for gas regulation. I never experienced any problem with WWII issue German ammo-- particularly S.m.K. L'Spur 159gr. tracer, which I had plenty of. It was a lot of fun shooting out over the ocean at flotsam. But that was decades ago, and it's all gone now. Other WWII ammo is too old now to confidently use today unless you paying really, really close attention to what you are doing, and most shooters don't. Many are using whatever garbage-grade surplus 7.92mm is around and cheap --Yugoslav, Turkish, etc. --and then wonder why the gun is malfunctioning or busting pieces.

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Very Nice!
Top find!
congratulations my Friend
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